The Institute for Government Essay Competition 2016

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The Institute for Government Essay Competition 2016 is now closed and the winners have been announced

The Institute for Government is an independent charity which seeks to act as a catalyst for inspiring the best in government. We spark ideas, generate debate, challenge preconceptions, bring experience to bear and make new connections to improve government for the benefit of society. The Institute's essay competition aims to find the best ideas for improving UK government from current undergraduate and master’s students.

This year, we asked for essays of up to 2,000 words in answer to this question:

If you were made Head of the Civil Service tomorrow, what would your priorities be?

The competition was open to anyone currently studying for a master's or undergraduate degree in any subject at a UK university.

The winners are:

1st place – Roger Lewis, MA British Contemporary History, King's College London

2nd place – Matt Hitchens, MSc Philosophy and Public Policy, LSE

3rd place – Stephanie Mitcalf, BA Politics, University of Lancaster.

The winning essays are available to download below.