Pandemic Politics: How has coronavirus changed UK Politics?


The Political Studies Association and the Financial Times are pleased to announce the launch of our School Blog Competition 2021, supported by UK Parliament & the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT).

We're seeking creative and forward-thinking ideas from 16-19 year olds in this joint competition to find the best political blog.

Students from across the world are invited to write 500-600 words by Monday 7th June (12:00noon GMT) on 'Pandemic Politics: How has coronavirus changed UK Politics?'

Students should aim to demonstrate excellent writing skills, presenting a well-reasoned argument, individuality and where appropriate backing up their arguments with relevant data and research. 

We are proud to launch this competition in partnership with the Financial Times as part of its Education programme, which offers free digital subscription to 16-19 year-olds in full-time education and to their teachers across the world. This launch coincides with the Political Studies Association's new offer of membership for Schools. School Membership costs £25 per year which allows up to 10 teachers and staff members, at the same institution, to access our membership benefits. The winning blog will be published on the FT, the PSA Blog and printed in the PSA's magazine Political Insight. Entrants will be invited to an awards ceremony in July (further details tbc). 

To enter, send your article to by Monday 7th June 2021 (12:00noon GMT)

Terms and Conditions


    • By entering the competition, entrants agree to these terms and conditions. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in disqualification
    • Entries must be in English, with a limit to one entry per student.
    • The competition is open to students, currently at School or College, in the UK or abroad aged between 16-19.
    • Employees and immediate family members of employees of the Political Studies Association (PSA) or the FT, employees of FT’s associated companies, professional advisers, advertising and promotional agencies or anyone else professionally associated with this competition are not eligible to enter.
    • The competition commences on Tuesday 16th March 2021 (09:00) and closes on Monday 7th June 2021 (12:00).
    • Entries will be judged by a panel of judges including representatives from the FT, Political Studies Association, and our supporters UK Parliament and the Association for Citizenship Teaching. Details of the judging panel will be available on request. The judging panel will judge all valid entries submitted against the following criteria to select “a Winner”. The judging criteria will include:
      - Organisation and structure
      - Support and development of ideas
      - Insight into subject and evidence of research/further reading
      - Clarity and Style
      - Originality and unique style of voice

    • The Winner’s entry will be published in the PSA’s Political Insight magazine and may also be published on, however, publication on is at the sole discretion of the FT.
    • The judging panel's decisions are final, and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into.
    • The Winner will be notified by July 9th 2021 by email. If the Winner cannot be contacted from the details supplied within 3 business days of notification, a replacement winner may be chosen at the PSA’s discretion and will then be notified. The original entry that was chosen will then be forfeited. The Winner is responsible for confirming valid delivery details. PSA will not be liable for any failure, delay or inability to contact the Winner.
    • The Winner may be required to complete and return an eligibility form stating their age and residency details.
    • There is no fee to enter the competition and no purchase is necessary to enter.
    • All entrants will be invited to a virtual awards ceremony (tbc) in July.
    • No responsibility for late, incomplete, corrupt, or lost entries will be accepted.
    • The PSA and FT reserve the right to, at their absolute discretion, cancel, suspend, or vary the competition, or any part of it (including these Terms and Conditions), or vary the prize as required by the circumstances. PSA and FT reserve the right to disqualify any individual who has not complied with the letter or spirit of these Terms and Conditions. Any failure by PSA or FT to enforce any provision in these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
    • Entrants warrant that their entries are not offensive, defamatory, libellous obscene, indecent, harassing or threatening or otherwise unlawful, and are unique, have not been plagiarised and do not infringe the intellectual property rights or any other rights of a third party. By entering the competition, entrants agree to hold PSA and FT harmless for any liability, damages or claims for injury or loss to any person or property, relating to, directly or indirectly, participation in this competition, or claims based on publicity rights, third party intellectual property rights, defamation or invasion of privacy.
    • Entrants retain ownership over their entries. By submitting an entry, entrants grant to each of FT and Political Insight magazine a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive, sub-licensable, royalty-free licence to display, publish, transmit, copy, edit and use the entry in any media, in whole or in part, in any way they see fit, including, but not limited to, for publishing on Political Insight in print and online and on, without compensation to the entrant. Rights to edit copy where the publishers deem necessary is reserved although entrants will be fully credited.
    • Exclusion of liability: FT and the PSA are not responsible for (i) any incorrect or inaccurate information used in connection with the competition; or (ii) failures or errors which may occur in the administration of the competition. To the fullest extent permitted by law, FT and the PSA exclude liability and entrants agree to release and hold harmless the PSA and FT for any damage, loss, liability or injury to person or property or for any claim arising as a result of your entry into the competition (save in the case of death or personal injury caused by the negligence of PSA or FT).
    • Any personal data which may be submitted in an entry will be processed by PSA in accordance with any applicable data protection legislation and the PSA’s privacy statement (please see below).
    • These terms and conditions and the competition will be governed by English law and any disputes arising shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
    • The promoter is the Political Studies Association, Elizabeth Meehan Suite, Regent House, Pratt Mews, NW10AD

PSA Privacy Statement: Student Blog Competition in partnership with the Financial Times


How we use your personal information

The Political Studies Association (PSA) takes its duty to process your personal data very seriously. This policy explains how we collect, manage, use and protect your personal data. Our full policy, updated to reflect the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, can be found here.


Who are we?

The PSA is a charity registered in England and Wales (no. 1071825) at Elizabeth Meehan Suite, Regent House, Pratt Mews, Camden, NW10AD.


What personal data do we collect?

To enter this competition, you must provide us with some personal details including: your name, age, school email address, school, and the name and email address of your teacher. We will be very clear with you if we wish to collect further information, such as date of birth, and include our reason for collecting such information.


Why do we need your personal data?

The PSA only collects data for specific activities. For this competition we will use your data to assess your eligibility and administer the competition. Some of your personal data, will be used to publicise the winning entries. Entries which do not provide this information cannot be accepted.


What do we do with your personal data?

We will share your entry and some personal data with the Financial Times and our competition judges. These judges are selected by Political Studies Association and The Financial Times. They require this data in order to review your entry. If we need to share your entries beyond these groups of people, we will anonymise your entry.

We hold your information only as long as necessary for the purpose of completing the activity for which it was collated. If you decide not to support the PSA any more or request that we have no further contact with you, we will keep some basic information in order to avoid sending you unwanted materials in the future and to ensure that we don’t accidentally duplicate information.

All individuals have the right to access personal information that is held about them. You can request a copy of any information that we hold about you. Please contact us if you wish to make such a request by emailing


Your rights

You have a number of rights under data protection laws. To find out more about those rights, to make a complaint, to request that we no longer use your data, please refer to our Privacy Policy.




Page contact

If you have any questions about our Student Blog Competition or the PSA's School programme, more generally, please get in touch with our Membership and Programmes Manager via