Prize delight for Wigan college student in essay competition

A Wigan student is celebrating after beating aspiring legal and business minds across the country to win a prestigious essay contest.

Friday, 5th February 2021, 7:00 am
Milena Prochorovaite

Winstanley College’s Milena Prochorovaite was named as an overall winner in the University of Law’s Real World Questions essay competition.

The 17-year-old won prizes including £1,000 in cash, a week’s work experience with either Clyde & Co or the Co-op, and a two-hour session with the University of Law’s director of employability.

Students in years 10 to 13 nationwide were asked to consider real questions faced by lawyers and business professionals today.

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Essays covered “how fair is the criminal justice system?” and “how do businesses adapt to change effectively?” and showed students to be inquisitive and thoughtful, with detailed research skills and high ambition.

The judging panel, made up of industry experts, looked for opinions offered and supporting evidence, sophisticated language that can influence and persuade people, and the use of a mixture of resources, including those provided by the University of Law and their own research.

They also wanted to see that the topic chosen genuinely interested the student and that the essay had a strong structure and an introduction and conclusion that followed the flow of the essay itself.

Peter Eley, senior product marketing manager at the University of Law, said: “Our Real World Questions campaign is designed to engage those interested in careers in law, business, policing and criminology, with the types of questions they will face in their future careers.

“Teaching at the University of Law focuses on these real-life scenarios, and our Real World Questions competition is designed to give prospective students a taste of these important learnings.

“We were thrilled with the number and the high quality of the entries, and I’d like to congratulate the winners.”

The second overall winner of the competition, alongside Milena, was Matthew Alex, from Hymers College in East Yorkshire. Regional winners were: Adishree Bansal for the South and Wales, Dhruval Soni for the Midlands, Grace McGarvey for the North and Emily Reed for London. They won Bose Soundlink II speakers and Lenovo MIIX two-in-one tablets.

The University of Law will run the competition again next year and hopes to see many more students taking part. Visit to find out more or

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