The Robert Woodthorpe Browne Tacitus Essay Prize 2023

The World Traders’ Robert Woodthorpe Browne Tacitus Essay Prize is an essay competition held by The World Traders to encourage young people to think about the issues raised in the year’s Tacitus Lecture and to promote the study of Economics, Geography and Politics.

The 2023 essay prize carries the name of Past Master Robert Woodthorpe-Browne whose passion for education, world trade and politics was infectious.

The competition is aimed at encouraging Year 12 pupils to think analytically and critically beyond the confines of their school curriculum about economic and geopolitical ideas.


The 2023 Results:

Winner:     Teo Hasecic, City of London School for Boys

2nd place:  Sarah Lee, Cheltenham Ladies College

3rd place:   Freya La Cour Kirby-Green, The Grey Coat Hospital School


The winner, Teo Hasecic’s essay can be read here. Rory Stewart sent the following message to Teo:

“Many congratulations on an admirably clear, provocative and thoughtful essay and very good luck for what I am sure will be a promising future.”


Highly Commended:                   

Isabel David-West, City of London Girls School

Archie Hall, Wellington College

Struan Henstock, Winchester College

Hisha Kasi, Waldegrave School

Lucas Linnane, Westminster School

Hamzah Malji, London Academy of Excellence

Sravya Meda, The Tiffin Girls’ School


The 2024 Essay Competition will be launched in March 2024, shortly after The Tacitus Lecture which is due to be held at Guildhall on 29 February 2024.