News Release
20 May 2013

Digitally savvy students offered £5k grants

2013 sees the launch of the Summer of Student Innovation pilot, to put the power to enhance the university experience directly into the hands of teams of students, academics and experts across the UK.

Students who join the Summer of Innovation will get the chance to the chance to create real technology solutions, have the technology they create adopted by universities and join events where they can meet the other student teams as well as technical experts.

The Futures Forum, a group of five UK education and research organisations are joining forces to encourage teams of developers and innovators to use their skills to enhance the UK’s higher education experience.

Andrew McGregor, Jisc programme manager and Futures Forum member explains, “We are offering £5000 per student team, to develop new technology that could improve education, research and university life. The teams will be selected through an open call for ideas. Successful teams will also be given opportunities to join workshops to allow them to network with fellow students and experts to further their ideas.

“After the projects have run, the technology developed by the teams will be embedded for a trial period in volunteer universities. Products that are successful in the trials will be provided to other interested parties through sustainable routes.”

To enter your ideas and encourage your fellow students to vote for your suggestions visit the Summer of Student Innovation website or follow #studentideas on Twitter.


Notes to editors

For more information please contact Charlie Covington of the Jisc press office on 07841951296 or

The Summer of Student Innovation has emerged from the pilot Jisc co-design programme. This programme has enabled Jisc, RLUK, RUGIT, SCONUL, and UCISA to work together to identify a selection of strategic innovations that could benefit the HE sector. The Summer of Student Innovation has been designed as an experiment to see if students can develop technology that can improve the student experience.

The call for ideas is open to all full or part time students studying at UK publicly funded higher education institutions and further education colleges. In this context publicly funded means HEIs and FECs funded by Jisc’s funders: For HE – institutions funded via HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW and DEL Northern Ireland, For FE – institutions funded via BIS, SFC, DFES Wales and DEL Northern Ireland
The £5000 prize will be administered via institutions so student teams must get approval from a relevant member of university staff that the university will be willing to administer the grant
Teams must be led by a student but can include academics or other relevant experts.
All ideas must use technology to enhance the student experience by improving research education or university life for students
Full terms and conditions are available from the Summer of Student Innovation website.

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