Bursary 2023: Turning gown towards town

Describe your campus vision in the way that best helps your idea to shine out, original and clearly expressed. How you showcase your thinking is up to you. It can be a design, spatial plan, essay and illustration, video, model or research.

Higher education can be the stepping-stone to a better life, but it still remains relatively exclusive. For too many people it is hard to access, then once you are in, hard to feel accepted.

Every student wants to feel a sense of belonging and connection, including to nature. We believe that ‘place’ is central to breaking down barriers.

For this bursary, LDA Design’s fifth, the challenge is to imagine how the place where you learn could change to be more inviting, supportive, and equitable. Education holds the key to addressing the greatest challenges facing humanity and the natural world, and we want you to show us how your thinking is in tune with a threatened planet.

You set the scale. Describe your vision in the way that best helps your idea to shine out, original and clearly expressed. The choice is yours. You could rethink a small space or how the whole campus should change to integrate with the city that surrounds it. It can be a design or spatial plan, an illustrated essay, film, storyboard or model. It could even be initial research, engaging with your fellow students or staff members. How could the campus you study at or the world outside your window transform and evolve to help address the biggest challenges ahead? What kind of place do you imagine?

LDA Design’s bursary scheme began as a way to help towards the costs of studying for undergraduates and postgraduates in the UK, and in particular those who have faced financial and other challenges to taking up higher education. There are five awards of £1,000 available. Recipients will also be offered paid work experience in one of LDA Design’s eight UK studios. Previous winners have gone on to full-time employment with us, a wonderful outcome.

The deadline for submissions is on Friday 29 September at midnight. The awards will be announced in October.

Download the Challenge. Download the 2023 application form.

In 2022, we had a record number of entries. Check out last year’s winners. And good luck everyone. The clock is ticking.

Contact bursaries@lda-design.co.uk with any questions. If you use assistive technology and need any of the text on this page in a more accessible format, please get in touch.

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