The Student Voice Prize
The Student Voice Prize Hall of Fame
We are delighted to say that year is the 10th time we’ll be running The Student Voice Prize.
For the past nine years, we’ve searched the world for the top student rare disease essays and we’re proud to say we’ve found them.
Take a look at the brilliant minds who have come before you and give their winning essays a read.
The Student Voice Prize 2022
Zheqing was a third-year medical student at The University of Oxford.
Essay title: Diagnosing Rare Diseases: A Family’s Story
Essay question: Diagnosis can be a challenging journey for many people living with a rare condition. Compare and contrast the diagnostic journey of two or more people/families living with a rare condition, reflecting on the impact of these experiences on their mental well-being.
Zheqing participated in the patient pairing scheme and was paired with Sarah from the VEDS Movement.
Behçet’s Disease: Diverse Manifestations in Both Brain and Body
The ‘diagnostic odyssey’ – a unique and unpredictable journey toward hope
The Student Voice Prize 2021
Zainab is a first-year medical student at The University of Glasgow.
Essay title: Exploring Intersectionality; an international yet individual issue
Essay question: A wide range of factors, such as race, wealth, and gender, can impact an individual’s experience of healthcare and society in general. This is known as intersectionality. Use a case study to demonstrate the specific challenges faced by patients with rare diseases on a daily basis. Discuss how intersectionality can mean that these people experience greater disadvantages.
Ana Maria Lopez-Ruiz
An Eye for an Eye – How Comparisons Between Cystinosis and Type 1 Diabetes Can Reveal Health Inequalities for Patients With Rare Diseases.
Intersectionality in the diagnosis and treatment of Elephantiasis- A case study
The Student Voice Prize 2020
Catriona was a medical student at Barts and London.
Essay title: Unmasked: an insight into three patients’ rare disease experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic
Essay question: Reflect on the impact of shielding during COVID-19 on rare disease patients and their families. How has COVID-19 changed the rare disease experience?
The Student Voice Prize 2019
The Student Voice 2019 saw the continued growth of the competition, with more entries and more winners than ever before.
Improving Rare Disease Recognition Via Medical Education
The Student Voice Prize 2018
The Student Voice 2018 saw us offer, for the first time, the opportunity for students to be paired with rare disease patient groups to learn from their real life stories.
Repurposing a rare opportunity: a brief insight into how implicit bias towards biomedicine impacts the care received by patients with a rare illness
Four things I learned from an individual with fibrous dysplasia
The Student Voice Prize 2017
TRAPPED – an insight into two sisters’ struggle to access treatment for a rare genetic disease
Raising the flag for orphan diseases – opportunities and challenges for medical students and researchers
An odyssey not alone
The Student Voice Prize 2016
It’s not all in my head!” – The complex relationship between rare diseases and mental health problems
Implementing the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases more effectively: A patient perspective of the complex relationship between rare diseases and mental health problems
The Student Voice Prize 2015
The medical experience of a patient with a rare disease and her family
There is more than one way to show a treatment works
The Student Voice Prize 2014
The first-ever Student Voice Prize essay competition was run in 2014, with the idea conceived by one of Beacon’s (then called Findacure) first interns.