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LSE Festival research competition

Have you got a great research project you’d like to get noticed? Can it win £250?

We welcome submissions from your own research, as well as entries that explore the LSE Festival theme Beveridge 2.0: Rethinking Beveridge for the 21st century.

The LSE Festival ‘Beveridge 2.0: Rethinking Beveridge for the 21st century’ is taking place Monday 19 February to Saturday 24 February 2018. The week’s events include a research competition and exhibition, previously run within the Research Festival.

When can I enter the research competition?

Now! The LSE Festival research competition call for submissions is open and all LSE students (including those who graduated in 2017) and staff are invited to enter. Submissions will be shortlisted to appear in our public exhibition at the LSE Festival and could win one of seven £250 prizes. All entries will feature in an online gallery.

The deadline to submit your entry is Wednesday 24 January 2018.

What can I enter?

You can enter a photograph, poster or research abstract. We welcome submissions from your own research on any topic, as well as entries that explore the LSE Festival theme 'Beveridge 2.0: Rethinking Beveridge for the 21st century'. To get help with your submission visit our toolkit.

What could I win?

The winner of each of our seven prizes receives £250 (either individually or a share of it if in a group), a certificate and promotion of their research. Prizes will be awarded at the exhibition during the LSE Festival. To maximise your chance of winning, make sure you check out the judging criteria:

Photograph prize

Photographs will be judged by an expert panel against the following criteria:

  1. Imagination: How original and arresting is the story behind the image? Does it challenge the viewer?
  2. Visual impact: Where is our eye drawn to in the photograph? Is the viewer's attention captured in an interesting way?
  3. Subject matter and coherence: How well does it relate to the description provided on the entry form?

This prize will be awarded at the LSE Festival on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

Poster prize

Posters will be judged by an expert panel against the following criteria:

  1. Organisation: How well is structure employed to organise text and images?
  2. Presentation: Do graphics and/or use of colour enhance or detract from the message?
  3. Use of evidence: Is the evidence robust and does it support the claims put forward?
  4. Clarity: Are the arguments contained in the poster coherent? Are they clear to a general audience?

This prize will be awarded at the LSE Festival on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

Research abstract prize

Research abstracts will be judged by an expert panel against the following criteria:

  • Does the headline grab attention and capture the important insight from the research?
  • Does the abstract make the case for why the community should be engaged by the research?
  • Is the abstract well-written, concise and communicative?

This prize will be awarded at the LSE Festival on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

LSE LIFE prize

The LSE LIFE prize will be selected from shortlisted photograph, poster and research abstract submissions from undergraduate and Master’s students. The criteria for this prize is based on LSE LIFE’s guiding principles and values within the LSE community. Specifically, submissions are evaluated on:

  • Making the ‘world’ a better place: How well does the submission offer knowledge that could contribute to a change for the better for a community, big or small?
  • Communication: How well does the submission use written and/or visual forms of communication to interact with the Festival audience in a way that is clear and coherent?
  • Creativity: How well does the submission demonstrate inventive or unique ways of thinking and/or offer alternative perspectives?
  • Self-Understanding: How well does the submission demonstrate researcher self-awareness and reflexivity?

This prize will be awarded at the LSE Festival on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

LSE PhD Academy prize

The PhD Academy prize will be selected from shortlisted photograph, poster and research abstract submissions from PhD students. 

It will be judged on your ability to communicate a concept, research question or finding in a way that stimulates debate and is accessible to a non-specialist audience.

This prize will be awarded at the LSE Festival on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

The Beveridge prize

The judges will choose the single entry from the shortlisted photograph, poster or research abstract submissions they feel best fits the Beveridge 2.0 theme. Beveridge’s ‘Five Giants’ of want, squalor, disease, ignorance and idleness have been broadly re-cast as:

  • Want - Challenges of poverty
  • Squalor - Housing and urbanisation
  • Idleness - Future of work
  • Ignorance - Education and skills
  • Disease - Health and social care

This prize will be awarded at the LSE Festival on Friday 23 February 2018.

The Popular prize

All valid submissions will be exhibited in an online gallery, opening in February. Visit the online gallery to vote for your winner! The submission with the most votes wins the Popular prize. 

This prize will be awarded at the LSE Festival on Friday 23 February 2018.


How do I enter?

Visit your chosen category pages to read the entry criteria and complete your submission form:

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 24 January 2018.

Contact us

Sign up to our mailing list for more information and guidance. 

Email student ambassadors Anishka and Josie at researchcompetition@lse.ac.uk