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If you work in higher education and you’re using the RSA briefs in your curriculum, you can request a briefing from the RSA team.

These sessions typically last an hour and provide an overview of the RSA ethos, briefs and competition process. We also include examples of winning work along with tips, advice and stories from alumni.

Where possible, we will come and give a (free!) talk to students at your college or university, and we can also deliver briefing sessions outside the UK via video, or in person where our expenses are covered.

In-person and video briefings by the RSA team are subject to our availability, and in recent years, demand has outstripped our capacity - so this year we will be releasing an online pack which will provide a session outline and a selection of film/image content tutors can select from to facilitate tailored briefing sessions.

Request our online briefing pack

Based in the UK? Request an in-person briefing from us

Based outside the UK? Request an in-person or video call briefing from us


VOUCHER CODES - pay for your students' competition entries

We have a simple voucher code system for Universities that would like to pay for students’ entries. Complete our simple web form and we’ll send you a code to distribute to your students – they then enter it at the payment point when completing the online competition submission form, and we’ll send you a single invoice to collect the payment for all voucher code entries in one go.

Request a voucher code



The RSA Student Design Awards team can be booked to deliver bespoke sessions at your university conference or event. We regularly deliver talks and workshops on a range of topics including design education, design thinking, and design for social impact.

Please email enquiries to and we'll get in touch to discuss your requirements.


Aug 2018 – Briefs launch + register your interest online

Mon 14 Jan 2019 – Competition opens for submissions via

Wed 13 Feb 2019, 4 pm GMT – Deadline for ‘early bird’ submissions at reduced entry fee of £25

Wed 13 Mar 2019, 4 pm GMT – Final deadline for online registration + submissions (£35 entry fee)

20 Mar 2019 – Judging begins (2 stages: anonymous shortlisting + interviews with finalists)

May 2019 – Winners announced

Jun 2019 – Awards ceremony

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