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Student Innovation Challenge

Inspiring Innovation

Student Innovation Challenges

Access student creativity and talent by participating in a Student Innovation Challenge where large groups of students take on practical problems and tasks for industry partners.

About Student Innovation Challenges

Whether you are looking for fresh ideas for your business, or want to explore a problem you are facing, a Student Innovation Challenge is a chance to utilise dozens of new perspectives to enhance your business.

Students can impact the world by creating solutions to real world problems or opportunities while learning and living the principles of ideation, value proposition and design thinking. Students also learn about team building, time management and collaboration while dealing with pressure.

Interested in learning more? Please contact innovation@rgu.ac.uk


Designing for Diversity with Wood

How can an international energy services company develop new ways to attract, recruit and retain diversity in an inclusive workforce? We are inviting creative and innovative students from across the university to join us for a half day innovation challenge to brainstorm new ideas working with a live client.

The event will take place on Thursday 25 February 2021 from 1:30pm – 5:30pm on Zoom. Interested students will need to apply in advance and a limited number will be selected to participate.

Students participating in the event will get to collaborate with diverse groups of students, present ideas to senior management at Wood and advance their skills and experience for their future careers. The challenge will focus on how might Wood attract, recruit and retain an inclusive and diverse workforce for the future and enhance the Wood reputation as an employer of choice for diverse talent? Groups will work on one of four key projects as part of the session:

  • Project 1 - Attract – Design a multi-channel promotional campaign aimed at enhancing Wood’s reputation as an inclusive employer of choice in order to attract a diverse and environmentally-minded audience
  • Project 2 - Recruit – Plan the ideal recruitment and on-boarding journey for a new Wood employee detailing steps from finding out about the role, to applying, to being selected, to joining, to engaging with staff networks that encourages inclusiveness and belonging
  • Project 3 - Retain – Produce an action plan for leadership outlining new or updated processes, policies and incentives to retain diverse colleagues and foster a culture of inclusivity at Wood.
  • Project 4 - Analyse – Create a checklist for management to measure and analyse the culture inclusivity and impact of organisational diversity exploring the use of digital technology to ensure there is an inclusive working environment for all

We are looking to build diverse teams to work on these projects during the sessions that will bring different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to the challenge. The best ideas will be awarded prizes from Wood during the session and all participants will get a recognition letter from RGU and Wood.

Students should submit a short application with their details and answering, ‘what does inclusion and diversity mean to you?’ before Sunday 21 February 2021.

Download the information pack which includes the terms and conditions:

Students should submit a short application with their details and answering, ‘what does diversity mean to you?’ before Sunday 21 February 2021.


Previous Challenges

Covid-19 Student Innovation Challenge

In Summer 2020, we ran a challenge for students to come up with innovative solutions to support others suffering as a result of the pandemic. With funding support from RGU Foundation, we offered two awards – an innovative idea prize and an inspirational student prize. Dozens of students entered, and five winners won cash prizes of £500.

Read about our winners:


100 Days of Play

COMPETITION SUSPENDED: Due to COVID-19, the current 100 Days of Play competition has been delayed and will open again for applications at a later date.

About 100 Days of Play

Have you got an innovative idea for an interactive display? Remember when Bon Accord Centre installed a slide in the shopping centre? Could you come up with a new playful and interactive display? RGU and Bon Accord have partnered together to launch a Student Innovation Challenge to encourage ideas which can:

  • Attract people to visit the centre
  • Be interactive and encourage people to play
  • Encourage visitors to post about installations on social media
  • Demonstrate innovation and creativity

By submitting an idea, you will have the opportunity to explore that idea through set workshops. Your idea must be realistic as you have the opportunity to be given £2,000 each to develop their idea and turn them into a real installation in Bon Accord for 100 days. The individuals or teams with the best installations by the end of the campaign will be rewarded with a prize package worth £2,000.

Download the information pack to find out more about the programme:

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