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Suffolk youngsters design their dream university in lockdown competition

27 Jul 2020 11:15AM

Nine Suffolk youngsters have been named the winners of a Design a Uni competition run by the University of Suffolk. Each of the winners won a £20 voucher and everyone who submitted an entry will receive a goody bag.

The competition ran on Facebook for pupils in school years 3-9. Each week for a month, contestants watched a video on the University of Suffolk’s H.E. Family Zone Facebook page to help them design a different part of their dream university.

Dr Jack Massie, Parent/Carer Champion at the University of Suffolk, said, “With families across Suffolk confined to their houses during lockdown, the competition gave contestants a chance to think big, get creative, and learn about university at the same time.  We were delighted with all the entries and it was a difficult job to pick the winners.”

The judging panel included university students and the University of Suffolk Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Langton.

Owen Evans, Outreach Officer at the University of Suffolk and presenter of the Design a Uni videos, said, “The standard of entries we received was way above what we were expecting. The amount of creativity, effort, and research from the budding uni-designers was outstanding.”

Dr Massie was particularly impressed by the contestants’ understanding of university. He said, “The contestants used their creativity and imagination to design brilliant learning environments. Many of the entries thought about how universities could be more accessible for disabled students and be more environmentally friendly.”

Naomi Collett from Stowmarket was delighted when her son Max, pictured, was announced as one of the winners. Naomi said, “Max thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the H.E. Family Zone competition and looked forward to designing each part of his Space University every Monday. He has been off school since March due to COVID-19 and keeping him motivated to do school work has been rather challenging. However this competition really caught his imagination and he’s chuffed to bits to have been picked as a winner.”  

The nine competition winners are William Jenner-Ludbrook (aged 8), Max Collett (aged 9), George Pratt (aged 9), Caitlin Bridges (aged 11), Isaac Pearce (aged 11), Isaac Withers (aged 11), Shilpa Karumathi (aged 12), Daniel Haddock (aged 13) and Beatriz Silva (aged 13).

The Design a Uni competition was hosted on H.E. Family Zone, a University of Suffolk Facebook page for families learning about higher education. While the competition may have officially finished, families can go back to the tutorials to get creative and design their own dream universities.


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