Female students currently in Year 12 at a UK school were eligible to submit essays to Newnham College’s annual essay prize competitions which are designed to encourage ambitious female sixth-form students to explore university-level subjects and themes and to develop their independent research and writing skills. Hundreds of entries were received from a wide range of schools across eight different categories; Philosophy, Biological Sciences, Engineering, History, Physical Sciences (Weston Smith), The Swarup Feminism Prize, Law, and the Woolf Essay Prize,with questions inspired by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. Each of the Newnham Essay Prizes has a first prize of £400, a second prize of £200 and a third prize of £100. With a prize-giving ceremony at Newnham College in late-June 2017. I am pleased to announce that Josephine Jones in 12Y won the Weston-Smith Physical Sciences prize with an essay titled ‘symmetry and the laws of nature’. Josephine is thrilled and very much looking forward to attending the awards ceremony. Our congratulations to her.