"Today's Values" is the topic of a new competition for Edinburgh pupils which encourages them to challenge society's values and identify changes they feel might be appropriate. The John Byrne award is funded by entrepreneur Andrew Paterson and named after the Scottish painter and writer for his contribution to the arts and conviction that students should be encouraged to develop their own values.
Each year, participants across 11 schools will study a stimulus chosen by the judging panel. This year it will be the late Scottish trade union leader Jimmy Reid's 1972 rectorial address on "alienation".
Reid defined alienation as "the feeling of despair and hopelessness that pervades people who feel with justification that they have no real say in shaping or determining their own destinies".
S6 pupils will research the address and develop a project based on it. Each school will receive #163;500 to support entries and the winning school will receive #163;7,000 (#163;5,000 for the school and #163;2,000 for the winning team, to support their future education). Winners will be announced in December.