1. ONS Renaissance Prize

We are now welcoming submissions for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Renaissance Prize. This competition was launched to encourage and celebrate the development of economic thought and argument, using a statistical evidence base, among UK undergraduates.

This economics prize challenges applicants to reflect on the improved measurement of the modern economy. This competition is open to undergraduate students within the ONS and across all UK universities.

The winning candidate will receive a prize worth £1,000, publication of their entry on the ONS website, a slot for a poster at the 2021 The Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE) conference and a question time session with a senior economist about what life is like at the ONS and opportunity to discuss career paths.

To enter, applicants will need to submit an essay of up to 2,500 words excluding figures, tables and reference list (please note that any essays over the word count will not be marked) on the following:

What are the economic measurement issues which have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Deadline for submissions is 30 April 2021, and the winner will be announced the week beginning 10 May 2021.

Please email your essay to economic.statistics.engagement@ons.gov.uk and include a cover note with the following:

  • Name
  • University
  • Faculty
  • Contact details
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2. Successful entry 2020

The standard of entries was very high, with all entrants identifying different angles from which to explore the economic benefits of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We are delighted to announce that the winning entry came from a group of four students from London School of Economics. The group members are Brooklyn Han, Patrick Leitloff, Sally Yang and Eddy Zou.

Their essay titled ‘Is a UK Government commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals good for the economy and business in general?’ is attached to this page.*

*The arguments and concepts outlined and explored in this essay are the opinions of the student authors and as such should not be taken as endorsed or representative of the ONS’ position on the essay theme.

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