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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 one hour sessions provide an overview of the RSA design principles, briefs and competition process. They include examples of winning work along with tips, advice and stories from alumni.

In-person and video briefings by the RSA team are subject to our availability, and in recent years, demand has outstripped our capacity - so we have made 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.

Access online briefing pack

Based in the UK? Request an in-person briefing

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



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 2019 – Briefs launch online + registration opens

Mon 20 Jan 2020 – Competition opens for submissions via

4 pm GMT, Wed 12 Feb 2020 – Deadline for Early Bird submission at reduced entry fee of £25

4 pm GMT, Wed 11 Mar 2020 – Final deadline for online registration and submission (£35 entry fee)

Mar - May 2020 – Judging (2 stages: shortlisting and interviews with finalists)

July 2020 – Awards Ceremony

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