Terms and Conditions


This competition is open to all undergraduate students registered on UK and Ireland design courses for the academic year in which the award is taking place.

Every student who intends to participate must complete and submit the online Registration form before the Registration closing date.

Designs submitted must be marked with an entry number which will be supplied by the organisers and must only be submitted by email in pdf format in accordance with the stated process. No designs will be accepted after the ‘nominated final date for submission’ unless by special arrangement.

By submitting your design, you are giving permission to the organisers to use it for publicity purposes.

The organisers reserve the right to reject any entry that in their opinion fails to meet the competition requirements and conditions. No group entries will be accepted by the organisers. Only individual entries will be valid and a maximum of two entries per student will be allowed. It is expected that tutors will guide students to comply fully with the conditions of entry.

Intellectual Property

The intellectual property rights belong to the entrant who, if successful, will be responsible for taking the steps necessary for protecting those rights.

The viewing of entries by judging and administrative personnel is carried out in strictly confidential settings and is therefore unlikely to be interpreted as entering into public domain. However, the exposure enjoyed by finalists and their entries probably would be considered to be in the public domain.

The entrants grant the sponsors permission to photograph the winning designs and to use those pictures solely and indefinitely in connection with the competition.

For more information on IP, searching for novelty and protecting your design see the competition resource pack

Finalist’s Expenses

Where appropriate, the DIP organisation will meet all reasonable travel and hotel costs for the Final Judging and Awards Ceremony. The timing of these events is planned to ensure that students can make best use of off-peak travel. Hotel arrangements are at the discretion of the DIP organisation.

Change of address

It is the responsibility of the entrants to keep the organisers informed of any change of address and other contact details.


The organisers reserve the right to withhold or divide the awards offered according to the standard of entries.

Communications should be directed to:

DIP Award Coordinator
Email: DIP Award Coordinator


The organisers will endeavour to run the Award as described but reserve the right to modify or discontinue the Award with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its reasonable control. The decision of the organisers in all matters relating to the Award is final and no correspondence will be considered.

The organisers shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations relating to the Award where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control and under any circumstances amounting to unforeseeable circumstances.