About The Student Ideas Competition


This competition invites you to submit ideas for using technology that could improve the student experience in further or higher education and skills.


This challenge is open to individuals or teams who are registered on any course(s) at a university, college or learning provider in the UK – including apprentices.

The Process

See How to create an idea.

Once an idea has been submitted to the site, people will be able to vote if they like it. People can only vote once per idea, but for as many separate ideas as they like.

You need to reach 250 votes.  And it’s a good opportunity for you to show off your commitment to the project and your promotional skills.

Once voting closes on 6 June, Jisc will evaluate every idea that reaches the voting threshold and invite the top teams to interviews, where we will select those that will receive funding.

To be successful you don’t need to be a programmer or designer as Jisc will help you to develop your idea.

Stage one: Selected project teams will be invited to attend a four day residential planning course (see dates and venues below). Each team will receive £2000 to cover time, equipment and travel. Accommodation and meals will be covered.

Stage two: The best four or five ideas from the event will receive additional funding of £3000 per team to collaborate with Jisc over the summer to explore and develop their ideas and make them a reality.

Each team will work first with Jisc to create a specification, and then a developer in the autumn, to create products that will then be made available to universities and colleges.

Competition dates

  • Competition opens for submissions and voting: 2 March 2016
  • Submissions close : Monday 23 May 2016 at 23:30
  • Voting closes: Monday 6 June 2016 at 09:00
  • Successful project teams notified: during the week commencing Monday 13 June 2016

How many votes do I need?

Ideas that reach a minimum of 250 votes will qualify to be considered for stage one funding. Jisc may consider projects below the voting threshold where an insufficient number of ideas achieve 250 votes. Jisc check voting patterns for vote spamming and any irregular voting.

How many ideas will be supported?

It is anticipated that around fifteen ideas will be supported through stage one although we may decide to support more or fewer, depending on suitability.  The second stage will result in four or five projects continuing.

Meeting dates and venues

Stage one: Each successful team will be required to attend a four-day intensive planning course. Teams from FE colleges should be accompanied by a member of staff from the college.  The dates and venues of these will be confirmed soon.

8-11 August, Monday to Thursday, Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham

All project teams will be invited to pitch their idea in London at Jisc offices on Tuesday 23 August. Teams will also participate in a mini-trade fair to demonstrate their idea to an invited audience. Projects will be notified if they have been selected to go forward to stage two by Monday 12 September 2016.

Who owns my intellectual property?

The intellectual property (IP) for the original idea remains with you. If you are selected to go forward to stage two Jisc will offer to develop the product. You would have no obligation to work further with Jisc at this stage if you don’t like the offer.

However, projects that do progress to stage two will agree to Jisc producing a product. You will still own the IP for the idea, but we would retain the IP for any code and product we develop. You would grant Jisc a licence to use your idea so we can deliver it into a product for the benefit of UK further and higher education and skills.

All project teams that do not receive funding will be free to exploit the IP of their idea through other opportunities.