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2010 student essay competition

student essay competition 2010


"Learning to live sustainably – how can your subject area contribute?"

ADM-HEA invites students on UK-based art, design or media higher education courses to enter this year’s essay competition and answer the question above in an essay of around 1000 words. The overall winning submission will receive £250. All submissions that meet the criteria below and make use of the guidance will be published on the ADM-HEA website.

We are half way through the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development which, led by UNESCO, ‘seeks to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning.’

According to UNESCO, ‘Sustainable development is seeking to meet the needs of the present without compromising those of future generations.  We have to learn our way out of current social and environmental problems and learn to live sustainably’ (UNESCO,

How could, how should, and how does your subject area contribute?

Assessment Criteria

Submissions will be assessed according to the following criteria and should:

  • Critically investigate the topic using relevant research materials;
  • Reflect on your own experiences of art / design / media higher education;
  • Present a coherent argument related to your subject area.


When writing your piece please consider the following. You should:

  • Be sensitive to cultural, contextual and institutional differences (i.e. it should not expose a particular individual or openly criticise an individual department);
  • Not exceed a 1,000-word limit;
  • Submit your writing with the application form in electronic format;
  • Use visual imagery as appropriate. It is the responsibility of the author to seek permission to publish any images before they are submitted.

The overall winning submission will receive £250 and be invited to the Higher Education Academy annual conference to be held at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield in June 2010. This submission will also be published in ADM-HEA’s Networks magazine.

All submissions that meet the above criteria and make use of the guidance will be published on the ADM-HEA website.

The closing date for entries is Friday, 26 March 2010.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Embleton on 01273 643119 or email

If you would like us to send you a flyer/A4 poster to display in your institution, please email the address above.

Criteria and guidance

Application form

pdf version of Flyer/poster