The UK Student Competition is now closed.


What are the dates of the UK Student Competition?

What are the dates of the Collaboration Lab?

I am a recent graduate or a postgraduate student; can I participate in the UK Student Competition?

I am not attending a university in the UK; can I participate in the UK Student Competition?

I am currently studying to obtain a Diploma of Higher Education; can I participate in the UK Student Competition?

What is the difference between the April Workshop and the June Competition showcase?

How can students from countries other than the UK have access to the UK Student Competition and/or the Global Grand Challenges Summit 2019?

How do I find a university mentor?

Will expenses (travel and accommodation) be paid for the students and mentors coming from outside the Greater London area?

Do I have to form my own mixed team with US and Chinese students to participate in the Collaboration Lab?

Is there anything I should be prepare in advance of the Collaboration Lab?


What are the dates of the UK Student Competition?

The UK Student Competition is a six-month programme of challenge-led innovation, design and business development. It consists of the April workshop (proposed dates are 29-30 April) and the June Competition showcase (likely last week of the month). 

The five winning teams of the UK Student Competition will present their ideas before the commencement of the Collaboration Lab on 13 September 2019.

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What are the dates of the Collaboration Lab?

The Collaboration Lab will take place between 12 and 16 September 2019, with an icebreaking activity taking place in the afternoon of 12 September 2019. 

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I am a recent graduate or a postgraduate student; can I participate in the UK Student Competition?

No, the UK Student Competition is open only to current undergraduate students.

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I am not attending a university in the UK; can I participate in the UK Student Competition?

The UK Student Competition is open only to undergraduate students enrolled at a UK university. If you are a US or Chinese student, contact respectively the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) or the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), as they are organising parallel Student Competitions.

If you are a student coming from outside the UK, US or China, then unfortunately you are not able to participate in the UK Student Competition.

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I am currently studying to obtain a Diploma of Higher Education; can I participate in the UK Student Competition?

Yes, but only if you are enrolled in a DipHE course at a Higher Education Institution (University). You are not eligible to participate in the UK Student Competition if you are enrolled in a DipHE at a Further Education Institution.

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What is the difference between the April Workshop and the June Competition showcase?

The April Workshop is the first stage of the UK Student Competition. Teams will not need to have developed a fully-fledged innovation by then. The Workshop will be facilitated by an external specialised delivery partner, and teams will acquire the necessary tools and knowledge to work on their projects independently until the June event.

The June Competition Showcase is the second stage of the competition. The teams will have developed their innovations in the weeks between the April Workshop and the June Competition Showcase, building on what they have learnt at the April Workshop. All participating teams will present their projects/innovations in front of a panel of judges who will then decide five winning teams. The five winning teams will eventually compete against five other teams from China and the US on the first day of the Collaboration Lab in London.

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How can students from countries other than the UK have access to the UK Student Competition and/or the Global Grand Challenges Summit 2019?

If you are a US or Chinese student, you can contact the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) or the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) respectively, as they are organising parallel in country Student Competitions.

If you are a student coming from outside the UK, US or China, then unfortunately you are not able to participate in the UK Student Competition.

Students from countries outside the UK, US, and China will be able to attend the Summit. Such students will be invited directly by the Academy.

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How do I find a university mentor?

The UK Student Competition invitation has been shared, among others, with various UK universities, relevant Deans and Heads of Engineering Departments, whom we envision will select the appropriate mentor for the university teams.

The Academy does not have ownership of how each university forms and selects teams, or with choosing and assigning mentors. Please contact your own faculty for details of their process.

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Will expenses (travel and accommodation) be paid for the students and mentors coming from outside the Greater London area?

For the April Workshop and the June Competition showcase, the Academy will pay for standard class travel and accommodation for students and mentors coming from outside the Greater London area (but within the UK) where appropriate.

Accommodation will be covered by the Academy for all students in teams attending the Collaboration Lab in September 2019. If you are a Chinese or US student then your respective Academy will be organising your travel and covering the cost in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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Do I have to form my own mixed team with US and Chinese students to participate in the Collaboration Lab?

No, the teams will be formed by the Royal Academy of Engineering at the Collaboration lab event in September 2019.

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Is there anything I should be prepare in advance of the Collaboration Lab?

No, you will develop new projects and innovations in your new mixed team during the three-day Collaboration Lab.

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