Science-Poetry Competition calls for poems written by any student in the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Manchester. Since 2012, 849 poems entered the competition, of which 143 poems can be listened to. Each year, the winner and runners up are decided by renowned poets Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon from a shortlist of accepted poems. Please follow us on Facebook for more updates.

Year Winner Runners Up Readers' Choice
2017 Peter Thompson Seevana Raghubeer
Alexander Eaton
Okechukwu Ubi
2016 Callum Cuttle Donald McColl
Jennifer Eyley
Bilal Shahid
Aantonia Newell
2014 Holly Barden Sarah Shepherd
Robert Young
Mohit Sharma
2013 Ruth Sullivan Zhiwei He
Daniel Childs
Georgios Panayiotou
2012 Peter Thompson Michael Cridland
Kathryn McCarron
Muhammed Nurul
 
 

Welcome to Science-Poetry

C. P. Snow famously gave a stark analysis in his Two Cultures lecture of the split between Science and Humanities, and argued that the breakdown of communication between the two cultures of modern society was a major hindrance to solving the world's problems.

Some years later, the Engineering Council placed an advertisement in The Times; it ran:

Why isn't there an Engineer's Corner in Westminster Abbey? In Britain we have made more fuss of a ballad than a blueprint...

This prompted the poet Wendy Cope to write a satrical poem, "Engineer's Corner", which included the lines:

We make more fuss of ballads than of blueprints -
That's why so many poets end up rich,
While engineers scrape by in cheerless garrets.
Who needs a bridge or dam? Who needs a ditch?

A poetry competition at The University of Manchester, organised by Dr Peter Fenn, set out to show that the creativity and innovation necessary in science and engineering can produce poetry too. The competition calls for poems written by any student in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, showing the creative and human aspects of science and engineering.

Welcome

Rules and Prizes

Who can take part?

Who are the judges?

Who will win?

What's with the colours?

 

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