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IIRSM Young Leaders Essay Competition 2021

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Gain recognition and free training places by entering our essay competition.

The winner and runner-up of our 2021 essay competition will win a free place on all three courses that make up IIRSM’s Management of Risk Training Series. Plus, the winner will receive a £100 cash prize and the runner up £50 (or the equivalent currency for your location).

The Coronavirus pandemic has seen the basic concept of risk and safety elevated as something we must take seriously to protect health and everything that depends on it. It has impacted every corner of the world, government and inter-government organisations, the economy and workplace, communities and most importantly, individuals.

As we all adjust to the new normal we are inviting young writers to write about how risk and safety professionals can seize the opportunity to develop credibility and positioning as a critical and valued management function in the post-COVID world.

You must be an IIRSM member to enter and we invite you to join as a Student member (free of charge subject to eligibility), or a 20% discount on other membership grades when you apply using the code ESSAY21.  Contact to find out more.

Essay Title

Positioning the risk and safety profession in a post-Covid world.

As a young risk and/or safety professional, please write your thoughts on how the risk and safety profession can seize the opportunity and develop itself, its credibility and its place as a critical and valued management function.


Length: Minimum 1,200. Maximum 2,000 words.

Format: Word document, Arial size 11. Save the document as Your First name and Last Name_Essay Competition.

Language: English. Please note judges will take account on scores applied for non-native English speakers.

Closing date: 9 July 2021

Submissions and questions should be emailed to us here

The prize

Free places on IIRSM Management of Risk Training Series

IIRSM’s Management of Risk Training Series has been designed by leading risk experts and supports an organisation-wide approach to managing risk. It provides a structured learning pathway and is jargon free. It is suitable for not only risk professionals, but all decision-makers managing risks and their impact.

The series is made up of three courses, and by the end, you will:

  • Learn how to manage all types of risks
  • Be a confident communicator of risk
  • Develop your influencer skills to help shape a risk-savvy culture   

We know that every decision we make protects or creates value and involves some degree of risk. Investing in this series, will build your risk-intelligence to help make these decisions with confidence.

Read more about the Risk Training Series here.

Plus a cash prize of:

£100 for the winner

£50 for the runner up

You will also have the pleasure of seeing your essay published in The Sentinel magazine - distribution 7,000+

Terms and conditions

The competition is open to all IIRSM members under 35.

Any submissions received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Any submissions received from non-IIRSM members will be required to join before their essay is considered.

Entrants should not have any connection to the prize sponsor - Sheena Thomson Consulting.

All entrants agree to IIRSM publishing their work or extracts of it. This may also include non-prize winners.

Cash prize will be awarded on announcement of winners.

Take up of the free places on the courses must be undertaken within six months of the announcement of the winners.

Prize winners are required to write a follow up 500-word article titled “My CPD prize with IIRSM”. This should cover what they thought of each course. This should be submitted within 30 days for completing the last course.