About Accessible by Design


This challenge is open to teams of staff and students who have a bright idea for improving the accessibility and inclusion of higher and further education and skills.

We will offer support, plus a grant of £5000, to teams that are selected for the design sprint, in order to help them develop their idea into a prototype or solution.


To participate your team leader must still be enrolled or working in higher or further education or skills in the UK.

The Process

To submit an idea see the "Submit an Idea" tab which will only appear once the competition is open,

Once an idea has been submitted, people will be able to vote if they like the idea. People can vote for as many ideas as they like, but only once per idea. Once the voting period closes in early November, Jisc and our partners will evaluate the six ideas with the most votes and select the most suitable to be developed further.

Competition dates

  • Competition opens: 14 September 2015
  • Submissions close: 26 October 2015
  • Voting closes: 2 November 2015
  • Successful teams will be notified during November 2015
  • Design stage for successful teams: November 2015 to February 2016
  • National showcase event: March 2016


Funding and support meetings

All successful projects will be invited to a start-up meeting in November 2015. All teams will then participate in an intensive design sprint from November to March. We will agree the specific support and mentoring arrangements with each team to fit in with their university or college commitments. Jisc will provide funding of up to £5000 to each successful organisation to allow them to participate in the design sprint and develop their idea into a prototype or useable product for UK education or research.

Voting threshold

The six ideas with the most votes will qualify to be considered for funding. Three successful ideas will be chosen to receive funding and participate in the design sprint. Jisc may consider more or fewer projects  depending on the votes received.

Who owns my intellectual property?

The IP will remain with the project teams and no equity will be required by Jisc. In order to better serve our customers, we may request a licence to deliver the product via a new delivery platform to the Jisc community for a period of two years under an agreement with the project team.

What should I do now?

1. Establish your project team, ideally including students

2. Create a 3 minute film explaining your idea, upload it to YouTube and write some supporting text

3. Complete the submission form on this site between 14 September and 26 October 2015.  Don’t forget to read the terms and conditions!  Remember – the earlier you do it, the more time you will have to promote your idea and attract votes.

4. Promote your idea to friends and contacts in UK education and invite them to vote on your proposal before the 2 November 2015