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2006 student essay competition

The essay competition, which is open to all students on a higher education course, asked students in 2006 to discuss ‘how their experience of their course compares with any expectations they may have had’.  2006 was the fifth year the Higher Education Academy Subject Centres ran the competition, providing a unique opportunity for students to reflect on their experience, offering valuable and often candid perspectives into what learning in a University feels like.  This is the first time the Subject Centre has published the essays, providing an important glimpse into the experience of students from which we can learn. 

A total of thirteen essays were submitted to the Subject Centre in 2006. While the essays offer individual perspectives and do not attempt to reflect the views of students across the sector, it was encouraging to see essays submitted by full-time and part-time, mature, international, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and across the range of disciplines supported by the Subject Centre.  We have deliberately kept the editing of the essays as light as possible to keep the voices of the students true to their original submissions.  We hope you enjoy the essays, encourage others to read them, and promote participation in the competition in the future.

Dr Roni Brown
University College for the Creative Arts

Read the winning essay in full by Marica Maddox, University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham

The four other shortlisted essays in PDF format:

Safina Ahmad, BA (Hons.) Multimedia Journalism, Bournemouth University


Adam Goodge, MA Photography, Swansea Institute of Higher Education, University of Wales


Joanne O'Driscoll, BA (Hons.) Media Production, Coventry University


Harriet Stevens, BA (Hons.) Graphic Design, University of Brighton