Project Inspire

This year, our LUMS community looks a little different with changes brought by the pandemic has brought, making our community more diverse and geographically dispersed. You may still be at home, with your family, on campus; or self-isolating in your room. Therefore, we need your help to put the community back into LUMS for all our students wherever they may be.

You could also win up to £700

We are excited to be launching a competition with big prize money for winning ideas that best help create a ‘fun’ and ‘interactive’ community for all students on and off-campus. Your ideas might…

  • Bring students from all courses and years of study together
  • Connect students' studying on campus or at home, anywhere in the world
  • Allow students to share your skills or hobbies
  • Create events to connect students and engage new students to LUMS
  • Bring people together to have fun

All LUMS students UG, PG and PGR, irrespective of their course, level or year of study are invited to join in. All enquires can be sent to inspire@lancaster.ac.uk,

Competition Format

The competition is in a two-stage format, having both Minors winners and Premiers winners.

Minors Round (Week 7)

Our Academics and Entrepreneurs in Residence will screen entry submissions for the competition. The six best entries from this round will receive £100.

  • 17/11/2020 - Teams submit their entry proposals for judging
  • 18/11/2020 - Judging panel sits
  • 19/11/2020 - Winners of the Minors round are announced

Premiers Round (Week 18)

Our Academics and Entrepreneurs in Residence will decide the final winners from the whole competition, once the winning ideas from the ‘Minors Round’ have been further developed over a period of 4 months.

  • 01/03/2021 - Teams submit their entry proposals for judging
  • 03/03/2021 - Judging panel sits
  • 04/03/2021 - Winners of the Premiers round are announced

A winner from each category will win £600, there will also be a second prize of £200 and a third prize of £150.

Project and Industry Support

There will be online and offline opportunities for you to network and develop your ideas with Academics and Experts. We will be holding these events from week 4 to week 16 where you will be able to come, talk through your ideas with our entrepreneurs in residences to improve and perfect your ideas. Soft Drinks and Pizzas are free for those who can attend on campus! All teams that move into delivery of their proposal will be assigned a business expert to mentor their team and their delivery over the 4 months period.

Competition Guidelines

You may enter as an individual with your proposal submission, or as part of a group.

There will be two categories of winners, on that basis, individual and group proposals will be judged separately.

Prizes:

  • Minors round, 6x £100 prizes
  • Premiers round, 2x £600, 2x£200 and 2x £150 prizes

What the judges are looking for in your proposal:

  • The competition is only open to LUMS students, registered in 2020/21
  • Your proposal has to be inclusive, being open and available to students who are currently studying from home, on campus or to students who may be isolating
  • Your proposal must engage with students from all departments and levels of study in LUMS
  • Your proposal has to be financially self-sustaining; if you take money then you must be able to clearly account for it. All profits at the end of week 19 to be split between three charities, Forest of the Future, St Johns Hospice and Michelle Jurd Trust
  • Your proposal must run once per week, while running more than once per week will have a better score in the competition
  • You must run the idea for the rest of the academic year 2020/21, unless all students are able to attend campus, with no restrictions
  • Your proposal must demonstrate you have the team capable of delivering the project idea for the academic year
  • Your proposal must understand the mechanics of delivery, so the more you outline that you understand how to deliver the idea, and what you will deliver, how you will measure effectiveness, the better you will score.
  • Your proposal may include innovative ideas, like connecting students not only at LUMS, but also beyond the university.
  • The team will be looking for creativity and lateral thinking when they judge the ideas.
  • All the normal rules of being ethical, decency and inclusiveness apply; otherwise, go wild with your imagination and good luck at winning!

Next Steps

Registration

To register yourself or your team, please visit Inspire Registration.

Inspire Surgery Events (Live Events)

These will be events where you can meet with other students, share your ideas or create new ones with the support of LUMS staff and experts on the below dates. More information on the MS Teams Channel.

  • Wednesday 4 November 2020
  • Wednesday 11 November 2020
  • Wednesday 2 December 2020

If you can make these events in person, pizza and drinks will be provided. To register please visit Inspire Surgery Registration

Proposal deadlines

  • Minors round: Week 7 – 5:00pm (UK Time) Tuesday 17 November 2020
  • Premiers round: Week 18 – 5:00pm (UK Time) Monday 1 March 2020

Inspire Surgery Events (Live Events)

There will be events where you can meet with other students, share your ideas or create new ones with the support of LUMS staff and experts on the below dates. More information on the MS Teams Channel.

  • Wednesday 4 November 2020
  • Wednesday 11 November 2020