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22 May 2020

PMI and ITM Student Essay Competition

Open to Student Members, Affiliate Members studying for a PMI qualification, or anyone registered to sit one of PMI's qualifications will give one winner the chance to win £1000, while two runners up will each win £250.

  • The winning essay will be published in Pensions Aspects magazine and Professional Pensions.
  • Runner up essays will be published on the Pensions Aspects website
  • Registration Deadline for essays: Monday 15 February 2021 5pm
  • Essay submission deadline: Thursday 1 April 2021 12pm
  • Announce results: Monday 19 April 2021

How to enter the 5th PMI Student Essay Competition

Entrants should write an essay of 1,500-2,000 words on the following topic

What benefits could be realised by further diversifying trustee boards and other governance bodies in pensions (eg. IGCs)? What steps can be taken by the next generation of pensions professionals and the industry as a whole to improve diversity in this area?

The entries for the 5th essay competition are now closed.

Guidelines and judging criteria

Entries will be judged a panel of experts including: Lesley Alexander – PMI President, Tim Phillips - PMI Vice President, Matt Dodds – Director, ITM, Jonathan Stapleton – Editor, Professional Pensions, Tim Middleton – PMI Director of Policy and External Affairs.

Read the tips below: 

  1. Remember you are writing an essay, not an article
  2. Make sure you read the question thoroughly and answer the question
  3. Tell a story in your answer: what you are going to say, what are you saying, and what have you said?
  4. Keep the background information to a minimum and don’t take too long to get to the relevant points. As a guide, the introduction should generally make up a maximum of 3 paragraphs
  5. Ensure you give a complete and detailed argument rather than a high-level overview
  6. Include enough evidenced examples throughout to support your point. If you cannot include enough detail of the example due to word count, you can include links to further information in the footnotes
  7. Ensure your examples are appropriate to the question
  8. Make your essay engaging and interesting to the reader
  9. Avoid using too many colloquialisms
  10. Be ruthless with your editing – it’s easiest to cut from the introduction if you are struggling with word count
  11. Ask someone to proofread your essay before submitting
  12. Check your facts!

Previous winners

September 2020

Winner: Jennifer Harrison, Analyst, Willis Towers Watson. Read essay here.

Runner up: Ben Picknett, Senior Consultant, Muse Advisory. Read essay here.

Runner up: Jed Newton, Pension Administrator, Willis Towers Watson. Read essay here.

March 2020

Winner: Michelle Cracknell, Independent Pension Consultant

Runner up: Ben Picknett, Senior Consultant, Muse Advisory

Runner up : Jennifer Dean, Pensions Administrator, First Actuarial LLP

September 2019

Winner: Ella Purkiss, LCP

Runner up: Jed Newton, Willis Towers Watson

Runner up: Richard Goldring, Smart Pension

Runner up: Peter Laurence, Trafalgar House

May 2019

Winner: Chris Burtenshaw, Barnett Waddingham

Runner up: Joanne Carr, First Actuarial

Runner up: Jed Newton, Willis Towers Watson

Special mention: Zak Cuerden, Capita Employee Solutions

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