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New student competition: ‘visions for a post-COVID world’ – get involved!

17 June 2020

A global competition inviting students to share their visions of the world after lockdown has been launched, with £200 and bespoke mentorship up for grabs if you win.


OpenDemocracy and the UCL Institute of Education, motivated by a belief that educators have a responsibility to encourage students to engage with the world around them, have teamed up to launch ‘visions for a post-COVID world’, a competition open to all school and university students over the age of 14. 

For the chance to win, submit either a written article, short video or image that describes your vision for the world after the coronavirus crisis has passed. 

Two winners will be selected: a grand prize winner picked by a panel of judges and a People’s Choice winner selected by public vote.

The judges – who include Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey, human rights barrister Adam Wagner and Crystal Lameman, Government Relations Advisor for the Beaver Lake Cree Nation – will also award prizes for three runners-up.

The grand prize includes £200 in book vouchers and a bespoke training opportunity with either openDemocracy or UCL. This may take the form of a mini-fellowship, work experience or placement in line with the winner’s area of interest. The People’s Choice winner will receive £100 in book vouchers and runners-up will each receive £50 in book vouchers. 

All winners and runners-up will receive a personal mentoring or career advice session with one of our expert judges and their entries will be published on openDemocracy’s website.

The competition closes on 10 July 2020 – so best get cracking!

Apply now