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Launch of Paul Randolph Memorial Prize Essay Competition i

By: stagedoorscribbler - June 3, 2019

Paul Randolph

When barrister, mediator, trainer and writer Paul Randolph died in January after a battle with cancer, the Tutu Foundation UK lost a respected adviser, a skilled mediator and a good friend.

Paul was a great believer that, given the right psychological  techniques, it is possible to avoid conflict entirely. 

As a lawyer he put the theory into practice, successfully helping opposing factions to settle disputes across the legal spectrum.

Paul was a great believer in the South African philosophy of Ubuntu - a celebration of the common humanity shared by us all that has long been championed by the Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu

How fitting then that this week the Trustees of the Tutu Foundation UK announced the launch of the Paul Randolph Memorial Prize Essay Competition.

The £1,500 prize being offered in Paul’s memory  invites contestants to write, video or talk on the on the question ‘How can Ubuntu be used to address the current divisions in British Society?’ The Memorial Essay Prize has been warmly greeted by Paul’s widow Karen and his daughter Hannah who are keen that it attracts entries from people of all ethnicities, backgrounds and experience and opens up discussions about divisions in class, religion, race,  gender and sexuality.

Here is the launch announcement:

The Trustees of the Tutu Foundation UK

are pleased to announce

The Paul Randolph Memorial Prize ‘Essay’ competition

The terms of the competition: The competition, value £1500, is open to anyone normally resident in the UK aged 30 or under. We are asking for a presentation (written, spoken, film, video etc) to address the question

How can Ubuntu be used to address the current divisions in British society?

The presentation, which must be in English, can be a standard written essay of 3000-5000 words, a video of a talk, or YouTube presentation, or in some other format accessible to the widest possible audience. Non-written presentations should not exceed 15 minutes in length. Group presentations are acceptable.

The competition is open from June 1 2019 and closes on November 30 2019. Completed submissions should be sent to Professor Gary Craig (Tutu Prize Essay) by 8pm November 30 at gary.craig@garyc.demon.co.uk or by post (address available on application). This deadline is final.

Submissions should be accompanied by a statement that the work is original work from the person submitting it. The Tutu Foundation UK will be free to use the winning and other submissions in its future publicity work either in whole or in part. Submissions will be judged by a panel of Foundation Trustees and their decision will be final.

Ubuntu and the Foundation:

The Tutu Foundation UK, established in 2007 with the support of Desmond and Leah Tutu, is based on the concept of Ubuntu, a concept which Desmond Tutu described as ‘Southern Africa’s gift to the world’.

We believe that a person is a person through another. That my humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably with yours. When I dehumanise you, I inexorably dehumanise myself.’  (Desmond Tutu’s view of Ubuntu)

The Tutu UK Foundation uses this concept to underpin its work with young people, community groups, police forces, health organisations, and others, to promote peace and reconciliation including through direct work, partnership work and mediation processes.

Paul Randolph was a distinguished Advisor to the Foundation who sadly died in early 2019. This prize ‘essay’ competition was established in his memory using funds provided specifically as a memorial for his work.