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Competitions and business challenges

Think you could beat other students from across the UK and around the world to win great prizes and even paid work experience with top companies?

Get involved with one of the many 'games' and business challenges running across industries such as Marketing, Journalism, Financial Trading, Project Management and more!

If you are getting involved, remember UCL Careers can help through our one-to-one advice service.


Close the Deal - Focus Finance

Close the Deal returns for its third edition in September - November 2021 and will bring together 700+ students worldwide to learn about proposing and closing real-life M&A deals.

Grow and learn from experienced mentors and have the opportunity to work as a team and pitch in front of Investment Banking, Management Consulting, and Private Equity Professionals.

Find out more and apply


Essay Competition

Calling all students! The Chambers Student Essay Competition is now open. The winner will get the chance to have their essay published on the Chambers Student website and will also be gifted a £100 voucher for study bits.

There is more... ten invites are also up for grabs to an exclusive networking event at the international law firm, Taylor Wessing. Top entries will not only attend the swanky event but also receive a certificate from Chambers Student for their writing capabilities. 

Sign up here


The HarperCollins Author Academy Spring Term 2022!

If you have a story to tell but think voices like yours aren’t heard…

If you’ve been writing for years but can’t get a foot in the door…

If you know there’s an audience for your words but don’t know what the next step might be…

… the HarperCollins Author Academy may be the right place for you.

Wait no longer…

The HarperCollins Author Academy is a brand-new initiative offering free training to support writers from underrepresented Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. Launched by HarperCollins UK and headed by Rose Sandy, Affiliate Publisher for Harper Inspire, it aims to provide authors from underrepresented groups with the knowledge and skills to succeed.

The Academy offers three courses, covering three different genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, and Writing for Children.

Applications are now open for the spring 2022 intake. The courses will run remotely for 6 weeks, with weekly live-streamed tutorials and access to other course materials. Additional on-demand masterclasses cover the fundamentals of publishing as a business, and you’ll be supported by a mentor throughout.

Your backstage pass

Once you’ve put your thoughts into words, you’ll learn how get your work ready for publishers. Our courses offer crucial insights across a range of industry topics, including:

  • turning an idea into a solid book proposal
  • working with agents, editors and publishers
  • contracts, copyright, and royalties
  • genres and formats
  • the craft of storytelling
  • author branding

Before you apply

When you complete the course, you’ll be awarded the HarperCollins Academy Certificate. You’ll also be invited to join the Academy’s Alumni Network and connect with fellow students and industry contacts.

Please do read our enrolment criteria. Motivated writers and budding authors can apply for one of the Academy’s limited 45 places in November 2021 split into three live teaching streams as shown below:

Fifteen places in the Writing Fiction Course, which runs every Thursday, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Fifteen places in the Writing Nonfiction Course, which runs every Thursday, 1.00 – 3.00pm

Fifteen places in the Writing for Children Course which runs every Wednesday, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Deadline for applications is 30 November 2021, 11:59pm GMT.

Apply here


Deutsche Bank virtual escape room

Great news! Deutsche Bank’s escape room challenge is now live. This is your chance to win a MacBook Pro and to see how you could engineer the future of fintech.

Three exciting virtual escape rooms to break through

Our three virtual escape rooms are home to a diversity of puzzles – from the cryptic and analytical to the 3D and interactive. Each one will take you on a global tour of our technology centres and innovation labs, revealing the ground-breaking technologies we’re developing to revolutionise banking. Explore…

  • DB@Home (Berlin)
  • Pune Technology Center (India)
  • Palo Alto Innovation Lab (Silicon Valley, USA)

You must solve the puzzles locking each room in order to progress onto the next. And remember: make a note of a code once you’ve found it, in case you want to take a break and come back to finish later. If you complete the challenge of all three escape rooms, you will then enter your details for a chance to win a MacBook Pro.

Searching for your big breakthrough in Technology, Data and Innovation?

Go to the competition website to complete the challenge, bring your skills to our attention and try to win the prize.

The competition will close on 30th November 2021.

Sign up here