Words by: Hana Teraie-Wood
Engineering student
Are you a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) student, full of fascinating and innovative ideas? Are you studying at a UK university or college of higher education? Do you want to win £25,000?



If so, this is your time to shine - and hurry, there isn't much time to go! In association with Babcock International Group, The Telegraph has launched the UK STEM Awards, and they are looking for students like you. Applications close on April 27, so if you're interested read on and apply as soon as you can. It's not too late to apply!


The competition is to create an innovative solution to a challenge posed within one of the following STEM industries: defence, automotive, pharmaceuticals, environment and construction. The winner will win a prize of £25,000, as well as a bespoke mentoring programme with a senior engineer at Babcock International Group.



These challenges have been chosen by the industry leaders – GlaxoSmithKline, McLaren, Atkins, Semta and BAE Systems – and they want to see the most inspired, clever and original solutions to their briefs, based on the most crucial questions posed in their industries today. UK STEM Awards logo

You can also propose your own challenge, and you can enter as an individual or as part of a team. Whether you decide to go it alone or answer to the industry leaders’ briefs, a panel of expert judges will be looking out for these criteria:


  • Innovation
    How innovative is it? (25 points)
  • Relevance to business
    How financially viable is it, etc? (25 points)
  • Benefit to society and the environment
    How environmentally friendly is the product/concept and how beneficial will it be to society as a whole? (50 points)


Click here to talk to other TSR students who are applying!


The Telegraph will be covering the whole competition through its STEM supplement and a dedicated STEM Awards channel online – so if you’re a top entrant, you’ll be published too!



All of the organisations involved - The Telegraph, Babcock International Group and the key industry players – want to raise the profile of STEM industries, and of future talents like you. This is a fantastic opportunity to kick start your career, make a name for yourself and have an impact on your chosen industry - even before you have graduated! You just need to submit an application, rise to the challenge, and give it a go.


The winner will be announced June 9 at an awards ceremony in London. This really isn’t an opportunity to miss - if you’re bright, driven and up for a challenge, this is your time to shine. Go get’em! Click here to apply and find out more.