Competitions, surveys and awards
Competitions and awards are a fantastic way to show employers just what you can do.
Whether it's a chance to get an innovative business idea off the ground, study abroad or secure funding for the internship of a lifetime, it's a great way to stand out from the crowd.
Below you will find a selection of various challenges and awards. If you wish to search for further awards or scholarships, please log into JobsLive, click on 'Find a vacancy' and filter the Vacancy type by 'Studentships, scholarships & awards'.
Competitions, Surveys and Awards
Want to earn an official extra from Imperial on your graduation transcript? Do you want recognition for your employer-friendly attributes? Then the Imperial Award is for you.
Open to all current students (and designed with input from the Careers Service), Imperial Award gives you a completely private online portfolio to use as a diary or journal. The interactive journal lets you identify your best evidence to enhance your CV and, if you wish, to back up your claim to the assessors (one page of writing). The assessors give written, individual feedback. Multiple assessment periods are offered.
Why? College wants you to develop and rehearse the reflective self-awareness that employers seek from graduates and College is willing to recognise it, formally.
Simply register by logging in with your College username and password, click on ‘guidance’ to watch the promo video and read the Student Guidance pack (PDF), which contains all the information you need to start working towards the Imperial Award. Once you've registered, you’ll hear from the Award team about upcoming workshops and further guidance to support your progress.
It is free, has immediate benefits, runs all year and could enhance your official transcript.
Find out more here: Imperial Award.
Accuracy Business Cup
The ABC is a two-stage competition where we invite teams of students from the best universities. We will be co-hosting this event with a large listed European multinational company (previous editions have been held in partnership with LVMH, Danone, L’Oréal and Michelin). Students will be asked to work on the partner company’s key strategic/financial issues.
- The National Round (21 – 30 January 2020) will be held in our London office with teams of students from the top UK universities. A week before the national final, Associates and Managers from Accuracy UK will brief the teams on a first take-home case study. Best cases will then be selected for the national final in our UK office. Over the course of the day, teams will receive a new case and coaching from Accuracy consultants before they present their findings to Accuracy UK partners. At the end of the day, all participants will be invited to our office for networking drinks. A similar process will be held at the same time in our other international offices.
- The winning team of each local office will then be invited to the International Final (March 2020) where they will face the winning teams from Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain on a final case study. Students of the winning teams will be flown to a European capital to present their findings to a panel composed of the partner company’s senior management and Accuracy’s CEO.
This event is open to students across all programmes, interested in Strategy and Finance.
To participate, teams (of three students) just need to send their CVs for selection to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, head to: https://careers.accuracy.com/where-to-meet-us/accuracy-business-cup/
Bright SCIdea Challenge
The Bright SCIdea Challenge is a unique opportunity where 3-4 university students in the UK and Republic of Ireland form teams and develop their business skills by turning a science-based innovation into a carefully planned and costed business plan.
This year’s final saw Durham University’s Plastech Innovation walk away with £5,000 prize money for their pitch on a method to decrease the amount of waste plastic that enters our environment, by processing it for use in concrete and construction materials. In 2018, UCL’s Glucoguard were the winners with their pitch on a genetically modified bacterium that could prevent and treat pre- and type II diabetes.
In 2020 we are keen to have as many teams from universities involved as possible and we would like to ask for your help to promote this competition to students at Imperial to give them the best chance of a team making it through to the final. It would be great if you could pass this on to your students or spread the word to anybody else from your university you think might be interested in the competition.
The benefits for students are that it will provide them with the opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and business leaders from companies such as Synthomer, Ineos and GSK, allowing them to gain exposure and increasing their employability - thereby raising the profile of your institution.
An important part of the BrightSCIdea Challenge is the free training day that we hold at our headquarters in London. This year it will be held on the 6 December and will give students the opportunity to:
• Learn how to commercialize their innovation and build a business
• Network with industry experts and entrepreneurs
• Discover how to secure a patent for their idea
• Learn the techniques to successfully pitch their idea
For further information about the competition please head to the following links:
Competition web page: www.soci.org/brightscidea
Bright SCIdea videos page: https://www.soci.org/videos
CodeVita Season VIII - The TCS Global Coding Contest
Codevita is a global coding contest for engineering and science students across the globe. There is no registration fee.
We had witnessed participation of 218K+ students from 3500+ institutions across 68 countries in the season 7.
To find out more and to register, please click here.
Copernicus Masters Challenge
The Copernicus Master Challenge is an international competition that awards prizes to innovative solutions, developments and ideas for business and society based on Earth observation data.
Big data produced by Earth observation holds huge potential for the creation of innovative products and services. A wide variety of industries and areas of public interest stand to profit from the advances of the Copernicus programme.
Open to submissions from all over the world, the 9th edition of the Copernicus Masters is looking for outstanding solutions, applications, and business concepts that use Earth observation data to solve important social and commercial challenges. Our world-class partners set participants a wide range of challenges to solve using Earth observation data.
In addition to cash prizes, the winners of the challenges receive access to our leading international network, Earth observation data, startup funding, business development packages and much more!
For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.copernicus-masters.com/
Dstl Platform Systems Division Innovation Competition 2019
This competition is being run across UK universities and seeks to provide students with exposure to the high impact opportunities available as a graduate at Dstl. This year, the focus will be on finding an innovative solution to a real Land Platforms situation. Teams of up to 4 members will combine knowledge they have gained over their degree, with online research and support from Dstl, to theorise a novel alternative to stop or impede a moving tank. To provide an opportunity for students to gain experience of delivering a piece of work within budget, teams will have a maximum of 150 hours to spend on delivering a solution. This is an excellent opportunity to develop employability skills, will provide talking points for future job interviews, and will enhance competitor’s CVs.
The competition deliverables require no expenses to be incurred by students and consist of a progress report and a final report with output reviewed by the competition organisers. The final stage will involve the selected finalist teams presenting their proposed solution to the a panel of Dstl Subject Matter Experts and serving Military Advisors at the Bovington Camp Tank Museum surrounded by years of Land Defence history. For the winning team and exciting ministry of defence themed prize will be awarded, though this is yet to be announced!
Entrants will maintain IP rights over their entries.
Teams must be composed of up to four students currently studying at any UK university. The participants may be at any stage of their studies.
The timeline of the competition is as follows:
- Registration: Deadline 13th December 2019
- Initial development: 14th October – 31st January
- Finalisation: 1st February – 15th March
- Down-selection: 16th March – 27th March
- Presentation day: 6th – 10th April (to be confirmed)
To register interest a team should send their team name, team members, university, and subject to the following email address no later than Friday 13th of December 2019:
EIT Health Innovation Day 2019
Join us for the EIT Health Innovation Day on Saturday 2 November 2019 at Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
A one-day workshop and competition where you work in multidisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to real-world challenges in healthcare
• Gain skills in entrepreneurship, design thinking and pitching
• Improve your soft skills and build your CV
• Develop your ideas with patients and healthcare professionals
• Meet inspirational speakers and a prestigious judging panel
• Win prizes of up to £1500 and a free trip to Paris for the Winners’ Event
• Receive an EIT Health certificate of award or participation
• Gain automatic membership to the EIT Health Alumni Network
To register: https://imperial-iday19.eventbrite.co.uk (Deadline 26 October 2019)
For more information: Visit http://www.eith-idays.com
FACE UP! IATA Cargo Career Competition
Make air cargo YOUR career choice! We are looking for young and energetic university graduates with a thesis topic focused on air logistics.
• Have you recently graduated, or are you about to finalize your thesis? • Does your thesis focus on air logistics? • Do you want to win a trip to Istanbul to meet +1200 top-level air cargo professionals? • Are you looking for an opportunity to boost your career?
WIN the opportunity of a lifetime!
• Return flight to Istanbul, Turkey (Economy) and hotel accommodation • Complimentary access to the renowned World Cargo Symposium • Invitation to the FACE Summit and to the private FACE Cocktail • Opportunity to present your thesis to over 1200 top-level industry professionals • Access to unique networking opportunities
Submit your application! To be eligible, applicants must fill the form at iata.org/face-up, including: • A link to a 2-3 minute video about their educational background, the topic of the thesis, and their vision on how to modernize the air cargo industry, in English. • A zip file including an executive summary of the thesis in English (2-3 pages maximum) and their entire thesis
Competition closes on 17 January 2020
To sign up, head to: www.iata.org/face-up
Fidelity International’s 2019 University Competition
The topic for this competition is Fintech for Good. Focusing closely on disruptive sustainability and linking finance with technology, we are asking students how they envisage the finance industry working for the betterment of society.
The competition will launch on the 30th September and culminate on the 10th of December with a Pitch Day at the Fidelity offices in London, where the top 5 teams will present to win the grand prize of £1,000 per team member. The competition website can be accessed here, which provides information on the competition structure, key dates and all the support we will give the finalists.
G-Research IMO Maths challenge - with weekly cash prizes
G-Research are launching a weekly mathematical challenge in the style of IMO problems - with a cash prize of £1,000 each week for the first person to submit the correct answer.
We will launch a taster challenge to warm you up on Monday 1st July, and the first cash prize challenge will go live at midday Monday 8th July. You will find the puzzles here: https://www.gresearch.co.uk/news/imo-challenge/
Be sure to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook to see the challenge first and give yourself the best chance of winning!
The Innovation Cup is an initiative for post-graduate students and young professionals in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany. All travel, food and accommodation expenses are paid by Merck. The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of post-graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their teams. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior managers and researchers and accomplished retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Drug Discovery Technologies, Digitalization, Electroceuticals and Lithography. At the first day of the summer camp a conference with alumni from previous editions of the Innovation Cup will be organized.
Postdocs and post-graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical and chemical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible.
The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan, plus EUR 5,000 for the runner-up.
The deadline to apply is January 31st, 2020.
QuEST Ingenium Competition
QuEST Global is an engineering services & solutions partner to the worlds recognised Fortune 500 brands in Aero Engines, Aerospace & Defence, Automotive, Medical Devices, Oil & Gas, Power, Hi-Tech, Industrial & Rail.
As an organisation we are now launching this programme across the UK and encourage students to submit their projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes:
- 1st Prize – All-expenses paid trip to India with attendance to QuEST Gala Final Event + £500 cash prize
- 2nd Prize - £500 cash prize
- 3rd Prize - £250 cash prize
Entries are to be based on any engineering project work done by the students, not necessarily academic projects, and can be based on any theme but must fall within one of the following eight primary domains:
Mechanical ~ Aerospace ~ Industrial ~ Embedded ~ Mechatronics ~ Power Generation ~ Healthcare & Automobile
10 entries will be selected as finalists evaluated at an all-day UK gala event Friday 6th September 2019. Students along with their faculty guide will be invited to showcase their projects in person.
The closing date for applications is June 30th 2019
For more information and to apply, please e-mail: Ingenium_uk@quest-global.com
Sir William Siemens Challenge
Time to engineer your digital future
Enter the Sir William Siemens Challenge – the student engineering competition asking you to build an original device, brought to life using IoT data. Meet a diverse group of promising engineers from across the UK, exploring how the future of everything from mechanical and electrical engineering, to robotics and computer science are all linked. It’s also your chance to win a life-changing intern or graduate role at Siemens – the world-leading engineering brand.
Date: 15 – 17 November, 2019
Location: iForge at The Diamond Building, University of Sheffield, S3 7RD
Food, travel and accommodation: All taken care of!
Watch our video to see what all the excitement is about here!
Here, there and everywhere. Siemens technology is present in virtually every industry and therefore almost everywhere in modern society. So we’re looking for engineers of all kinds, who are determined to drive their discipline forward in the digital world.
Join us if you study:
- Electrical Engineering
- Software Engineering
- Computer Sciences
- Mechanical Engineering
- Related degrees
The winning team will receive:
- Intern or graduate role at Siemens
- The prestigious Sir William Siemens Award
- Their creation on display in the University of Sheffield MindSphere Lounge
Ready for a weekend of networking with the pros at Siemens and the UK’s best up-and-coming engineers? Find out more and apply online at: siemens.co.uk/swsc
St. Gallen Symposium - Global Essay Competition
Compete in our Global Essay Competition, get the chance to win the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award and qualify for participation as a Leader of Tomorrow in the world's premier opportunity for intergenerational debates: The St. Gallen Symposium.
Meet 300 of the world's brightest young minds
Present and debate your ideas with 600 senior leaders
Be inspired by some of the world's most impressive speakers
Gain a unique and new perspective on this year's topic
Become a member of a unique global community
Celebrate our 50th anniversary with us
Win prize money of CHF 20,000 split amongst winners
Take part in the best student challenges! Mix your skills, win prizes, and be noticed by companies.
See all the current challenges.
The Capgemini Invent Cup
Do you want a career in management consulting? Do you want to work in a variety of markets covering many exciting innovative projects? Get involved in the Capgemini Invent Cup to find out more about a career in management consulting and learn some key consulting skills.
Taking part in the Capgemini Invent Cup is a great way for you to develop your consulting skills in a practical environment and learn more about a career in consulting.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Attend the Capgemini Invent consulting skills sessions held on your campus.
To express your interest in the event, please go to Symplicity (for Imperial College
Business School students) and Jobs Live (for Imperial College Students).
For further information please look for the Eventbrite page online or email:
The Start-up Series
The Start-up Series is a monthly seed funding competition. Every month, one start-up is awarded up to £150,000 of equity funding along with support from an experienced director and media coverage across Startups.co.uk. Start-ups must have been trading for less than 21 months and be UK-based.
Application deadline: 14th of every month
Find out more on the Start-up Series website: Start-up Series.
UniCode League 2020
The UniCode League is kicking off in October 2019, that pits 48 universities and thousands of students against each other across 3 leagues, with a last 16 knock-out tournament in the ultimate coding battle!
- Make your profile - (Platform goes Live in October)
- Join Your university League
- Compete against your class mates
- Represent your uni and battle against other universities to become the Unicode Champion.
- £10,000 (£1,000 per player)
- 7 day trip to San Francisco
- 7 day trip to New York
For more information and to sign up, follow this link: https://www.showcode.co.uk/unicodeleague
Visiondirect.co.uk - Visionaries Competition
The international competition, launched simultaneously today 1st October 2019 in the UK, Netherlands, Spain and Italy, invites students to submit a product design aimed at helping contact lens wearers in their daily lives. It can be something simple, like an emergency contact lens carrier you can have on you all the time, or something a little more complex, like a new way of putting on contacts in the dark.
Hoping to generate creative ideas in an industry traditionally focused on medical products rather than lifestyle accessories, Vision Direct is offering £25,000 for the winning design along with £5,000 for the winning university. The ‘Visionaries’ competition is open to individual students and teams of up to four – undergraduates or postgraduates – from any higher education institution, college or university in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain and Italy.
The Visionaries competition is poised to become a real cauldron of design ideas, with prestigious schools taking part, such as London’s South Bank University School of Engineering, Madrid’s Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), Eindhoven’s Technische Universiteit and Italy’s University of Palermo, among many others.
Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts, including founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen Magazine, Marcus Fairs, academic and international design consultant Kuno Prey, inventor and designer Duncan Shotton, Rainlight Creative Director Yorgo Lykouria and Vision Direct CEO, Michael Kraftman as well as the prestigious Design Council.
Entries to the “Visionaries” competition close on the 21st December at 23:59, with runners up and the winning design announced in January 2020 and February 2020, respectively.
For the full brief and terms & conditions, please visit: https://www.visiondirect.co.uk/visionaries-student-competition-2019
WHU Otto Beisheim International Trading Challenge 2019
We – the Finance Society of WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management – will be hosting the first International Trading Challenge for students from universities and business schools around the world this year. From September 09th to November 29th, you can trade under real conditions and have the chance to win great prizes at the same time. In this year’s competition you can not only compete with students from all over the world but also be awarded for being the university with the best overall results. This event is your chance to prove to us that your university has the best-qualified traders internationally.
The participation at the competition is free and your performance will be rewarded accordingly. Among other things, you can win the following prizes:
- MacBook Air 2019, iPad Air 2019
- Sonos music systems
- Licenses for the Eikon Terminal by Refinitiv for your university
- Many more prizes
You can register now at: https://tradingchallenge.clevertrader.de