The Commission's Special Awards Programme enabled the Design Museum to offer undergraduates an exciting opportunity to collaborate with peers and professionals, deepen their understanding of design thinking and witness their achievements through a prestigious new competition.

The Great Competition is a new national design challenge for undergraduates. It aims to promote greater industrial innovation and multi-disciplinary collaboration between design and engineering, encouraging students to develop innovative solutions to today’s most pressing social and environmental issues.

In 2019, undergraduate students were invited to respond to an industry-led live brief on sustainable manufacturing, inspired by the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy. The short-listed and winning submissions were selected by a judging panel of leading experts across design, engineering and related fields. Short-listed submissions had the opportunity to take part in a designer-led masterclass and Awards ceremony that took place Thursday 30 May 2019. The winning submissions received a cash prize of up to £3000.

Find out more on The Great Competiton here