Support Us

Join us in supporting the next generation of designers 

The RSA Student Design Awards is fuelled by mutually beneficial partnerships with a range of organisations, foundations and individuals who support different aspects of our work.

Become a Sponsor

 

With the support of partners like you – businesses, trusts, foundations, individual donors and public bodies – we can continue to empower young designers to develop their skills and change the world. As a sponsor of an RSA Student Design Award, you will have the opportunity to co-develop a brief that will captivate students, bring fresh thinking to your organisation, and give you access to new design talent.

There are also other opportunities to partner with us, for example by sponsoring our programme of skills-development workshops for participating students or supporting one-off events such as our Winners' Ceremony. If you would like to join us in catalysing a new generation of socially-savvy designers, please do get in touch.


Become a Global Partner

 

We are seeking global delivery partners to grow the RSA Student Design Awards internationally. Partners will receive capacity building from the RSA team to integrate the globally-relevant RSA briefs at Colleges and Universities in their region.

If you are interested in becoming a global partner and finding out more about our international activity, then do check out our Global Reach page and do get in touch to talk more.


Commission a Talk or Workshop

 

The RSA Student Design Awards' Director Sevra Davis regularly deliver talks, presentations and workshops on design education, design thinking, designing for social impact, and open innovation. She has spoken at a wide range of events, including the V&A's London Design Festival programme and numerous social design conferences, such as AIGA's annual conference and the Open Design Forum in Hong Kong.

If you're interested in booking Sevra to deliver a talk or workshop at your event or to your organisation, please email Janet Hawken and we'll contact you to discuss your requirements.


 

Stories

 

Tim Yendell, Head of RBS Choice, Design

“We were very interested in thinking about the future of what things need to be in the workplace as technology changes, as peoples lives change - so we were interested in understanding the future generation and what students view as the work place of the future looks like.

We were so impressed with the range of ideas that came out as a consequence”


 

Jo Elworthy, Director of Interpretation, Eden Project

"Eden is a charity connecting people with each other and the natural world, and we love to work with the RSA Student Design Awards and artists and designers because we want to develop ideas that appeal to people's emotions as well as their minds.”


 

Neil Smith, Senior Designer at Unilever

“The benefits of the RSA Student Design Awards programme for a business like Unilever really are that we get to see and meet the best emerging design talent coming out of a wide range of design schools”


 

David Essex, Associate Director, Arup

“We got involved with the RSA Student Design Awards because we wanted to try something new, be inspired, and get some new creative talent into our business."



 

Fiona Bennie, Former Head of Sustainability, Dragon Rouge

“There's such high competition for designers getting work, and being shortlisted in the RSA competition - regardless of whether you win - really helps young designers to differentiate themselves from all the thousands of other graduates out there.”