UKCGG Essay Competition

2021: "Delivering cancer genetics services in the post-pandemic era – are we ready for a virtual model of care?"

Entries now open for UKCGG Essay Prize 2021!!

The topic for the 2021 Essay Prize is:

"Delivering cancer genetics services in the post-pandemic era – are we ready for a virtual model of care?"
Much as we would love to ignore it, we have all been significantly impacted by the recent and ongoing COVID19 pandemic. We would love to hear your thoughts as to whether an increasingly virtual approach to clinical practice is inevitable or not - and if so, are the features of virtual practice good, bad.. or ugly?! 
Deadline for entries by midnight Sunday 10th October 2021

Essays no more than 2500 words

Winners will be announced in four categories:

  • Medical students 
  • Junior doctors (any training grade from FY1 to ST8)
  • Genetic counsellor trainees
  • Clinical scientist trainees 

First prize in each category will be £75 Amazon Vouchers - with a bonus £25 voucher awarded to the overall winner.

The winner will be invited to present their winning essay at the UKCGG Winter Meeting, and the winning entry in each category will be published on our website. 

Please spread the word to interested parties! 

Please send completed entries to; with the heading UKCGG Essay Prize 2021, making sure to include your name and appropriate category for submission. 

Best of luck!!!!!!



2020: "Horizon scanning in cancer genomics"

We had some phenomenal entries in our 2020 UKCGG essay competition, on the topic of "Horizon Scanning in Cancer Genomics". Participants were tasked with writing an essay based on the following scenario: 

Imagine two patients - one being diagnosed with cancer now and one being diagnosed with the same cancer in 10 years time. How and why do you think advances in genomic medicine will change the care we offer now and then for cancer patients and their families?

Some stellar entries were received. Massive congratulations to all participants, and to our winners! 

Overall winner, and first prize Medical Student category - Lydia Seed 

Lydia gave a fantastic presentation summarising her essay at the UKCGG Winter meeting, and was so impressive that she was also invited to speak as part of the ICR-led module "Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment" on the MSc Genomic Medicine, Imperial College London. 

Winners in the other categories included:

Doctor category: Melody Redman 

Genetic counsellor category: Xavier Bracke-Manzanares

Scientist category: Robert Pigott


Runners up included:

Doctor category: Emily Ferguson 

Medical student category: Tom Hampshire 

Genetic Counsellor category: Courtney Elliot

Scientist category: Seemu Ali


Read the winning essays! All available here

2019: "Should All Individuals be screened for Genetic Predisposition to Cancer"

The topic for the essay competition in 2019 was ""Should All Individuals be screened for Genetic Predisposition to Cancer". Again, we had some fantastic submissions. 

Congratulations to all participants and to our winners! 

Overall Winner and First Prize Junior Doctor Category  - Sarah Wedderburn

Sarah said "I am currently an ST5 in Clinical Genetics based at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. I have always wanted to work in clinical genetics but it was my time as a core medical trainee on the oncology unit which focused my interest towards cancer genetics. The role of the clinical geneticist evolves with the specialty.  Questions such as that asked by the essay will become ever more frequent and answering them will be part of our role. This essay has made me consider many of the current and future challenges facing clinical genetics and genomics." 

Second Prize Junior Doctor Category - Lucy Loong

Special Commendations Junior Doctor Category  -  Tom Webb and Christopher Harlow


First Prize Medical Student Category - Francesco Dernie

Second Prize Medical Student Category  - Wassem Hasan


You can read the winning entries here .

2018: "Will Artificial Intelligence Eventually Replace Cancer Geneticists"

We had some excellent entries in the CGG Essay Prize in 2018, on the topic "Will Artificial Intelligence Eventually Replace Cancer Geneticists"

Huge congratulations to all our winners:

Overall Winner and First Prize Medical Student Category  - Olivia Greatbatch

Olivia said "I am currently in my second year of medicine at University College London, and so am in the process of deciding which intercalated BSc I wish to pursue. Given just how topical the future of artificial intelligence is across all medical specialities, it is an area which I have recently been trying to learn more about. Since both oncology and genetics are options that I am considering for intercalation, I felt that the essay competition would be a great way to gain an appreciation of what a career in these two fields may entail in the future, whilst also exploring my own interests." 

Second Prize Medical Student Category  - Rashmi  Saincher

Third Prize Medical Student Category  - Ayan Basu


First Prize Junior Doctor Category  - Alice Garrett

Second Prize Junior Doctor Category - Lara Hawkes

Third Prize Junior Doctor Category  - George Morrissey


First Prize Scientist Trainee Category  - Nana Mensah

 You can read their winning entries  here