Students home from uni for the summer can win £5,000 by writing about why they love learning. The essay competition is run jointly by UCAS – the organisation which manages admissions to universities and colleges in the UK – and The Times newspaper.

It challenges undergraduate students to talk about why they are passionate about their degree subject. There are great reasons to enter – including cash prizes of up to £5,000 and a day at The Times for the winners.

Mary Curnock Cook, Chief Executive, UCAS said: “We are looking for entries to remind us that higher education is good for the brain and the soul. The winning entries will help us develop a balanced narrative about the benefits of higher education that goes beyond the financial and career paybacks to help inspire future generations of students to enjoy learning at degree level.”

Successful entries should explain the joys of learning and articulate the entrant’s passion for studying their chosen subject at degree level. They should also examine how university broadens horizons and the mind.

The competition is open now until midnight on Monday 29 July 2013. Entries should be between 400 and 500 words long and sent in an email, by the closing date to;

Students can enter under four categories (arts & humanities; business & vocational; social sciences; and science, technology, engineering and maths). Each category winner will receive £3,000, plus a day at The Times newspaper, a six month digital subscription to The Times and winning entries will be published on The Times online.

The overall winner will receive an additional £2,000 taking the total up to £5,000.
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Entrants should include their name, age, home address, email, phone number, university, undergraduate degree subject and year of study (for example: history, first year undergraduate). The category of entry should also be made clear. Please read the full terms & conditions before submitting your entry –