Practical Ethics and Responsibility competition

We are inviting teams from schools and colleges to take part in this year’s Practical Ethics and Responsibility competition.

"How am I responsible for the environment? Should there be limits on how we can punish people who do wrong? If very ill patients want to die, should doctors be held responsible if they help them? Who is responsible for the global spread of infectious diseases?"

If these and other questions about our responsibilities towards each other, our planet and our future make you think, then this competition is for you!

We're inviting people in school years 11, 12 and 13 in small teams (between three and five members) to send us a video about an ethical problem and how you think responsibility is involved.

The best entries will be invited to the University of Oxford for our Ethics and Responsibility Day, where you can take part in a debate, lots of opportunities to discuss ethics with our researchers, and a taste of University life. There’s a cash prize for the winning schools or colleges too!

This is the second year of running the competition, and we had wonderful video entries last year, and an excellent day of student debates and discussions about the role of Ethics in modern life.


The competition encourages students to examine difficult questions about our responsibilities towards one another as human beings, and may be of particular interest to those going on to study philosophy, RE, medicine and law. For further details about the competition, please click here


The North West Science Network said ‘Highly recommend this competition for Year 11, 12 and 13 students interested in the ethical questions thrown up by science’.

Participating teachers from the previous year are planning to re-enter: ‘This was great enrichment for some @BancroftsSchool year 12 pupils last year and they had a blast doing it. Would thoroughly recommend!’ (Bancrofts School)

We are so happy to see that the competition is running again this year! We'll definitely be looking to add to the trophy cabinet/certificate folder (not that we are competitive at all...)’ (Brighton Med)


We would love to see your school get involved this year! If you have any questions about the competition please contact Ben Davies.