BAICE Student Essay Prize 2020-2021

About this year’s prize

Each year BAICE runs an essay competition open to all doctoral students who presented at either the BAICE or UKFIET conference. As you may know we had to cancel BAICE 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, instead of cancelling this year’s essay competition we are opening it up to a wider cohort of potential applicants.

Therefore, BAICE invites all postgraduate students of international and comparative education (or a closely related discipline) to write and submit an original essay on what would have been our conference theme:

Partnerships in Education: collaboration, co-operation and co-optation.

As with the conference we welcome submissions that critically consider the changing relationships around how education is conceptualised, planned, implemented, provided, resisted, researched and communicated in various contexts. While recognising the potential value of collaboration, the conference intended to challenge the normative, aspirational pursuit of partnership. We are interested in how politics, power, priorities, culture and language are understood, recognised and navigated by different stakeholders in education initiatives as well as the processes of learning. We invite essays that reflect on past, present and future collaborations across a wide range of sub-themes to conceptualise joint ventures in comparative and international education more robustly.

Essays should be between 3000-5000 words (including references).

The competition deadline is midnight on 31st January 2021.

One winning entry will be selected to win the £500 prize.

Who can enter?

You must be a Masters, MPhil or doctoral student (full or part-time), or have completed your studies no more than six months before the competition deadline.

You must be a BAICE member at the time of submitting the essay (see here for how to become a member of BAICE).

No senior scholars or supervisors should have co-authored the essay: it should be the student’s own work.

We welcome co-authored essays providing all co-authors are eligible to enter as outlined above. The prize will be shared jointly between co-authors.

You do not have to be based at a UK institution, but essays must be submitted in English.

Application and assessment process

All entries must be submitted to by midnight on 31st January 2021.

Each entry must include:

  1. Two copies of your essay:
  • A PDF version including a cover page with your name, department and institution and name of supervisor/s.
  • A Word version with no cover page and no identifying details (i.e. your name, your supervisor’s name or institution). This is the version that will be sent to the panel. If there are identifying details on the Word version it will be returned to you and this may compromise your entry.
  1. A letter from your supervisor or an appropriate staff member in your department that attests to your student status (or confirms you completed your course within the last six months) and confirms that the essay is your own work. Please note that this is not a reference letter and the competition will be solely assessed on the merits of the essay.

Essays will be evaluated based on originality, clarity, criticality, methodological self-awareness, coherence of structure and argument, and attention to detail in respect of presentation and referencing.

We intend to announce the winning and shortlisted essays by the end of March 2021.

We will provide feedback on all essays but will not enter into further correspondence with applicants who have not been awarded a prize. The decision of the evaluation panel, endorsed by the BAICE Executive Committee, will be final.

Student Essay Prize Winners

Two students jointly win the 2020 Student Essay Prize (£250 each)

NameEssay Title
Bukola Oyinloye, Open UniversityReimagining the researcher-participant ethical relationship: towards a participant-centred values-based ethics approach in international and comparative education
Victoria Jones, London School of Economics and Political ScienceWhy Policies Rise and Fall: A Theoretical Approach to Understanding the Politics of the Policy Process of Escuela Nueva