Following In Darwin’s Footsteps: Shropshire’s Big Idea Competition

L/R: Professor Anna Sutton, Provost Of University Centre Shrewsbury and Robin Morris, Chairman of Morris & Company

Following In Darwin’s Footsteps: Shropshire’s Big Idea Competition

Morris & Company and University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) have joined together in the search for Shropshire’s greatest Young Thinkers of 2018.

The competition has been launched this month in a bid to discover ‘ONE Great Idea to Change the World’.

With one of the world’s greatest minds, Charles Darwin, growing up and forming the foundation of his thinking in Shropshire, it seems only fitting that young talent from the area is being asked to come up with the next big idea.

All of the ideas will be judged by a panel and the winner will be crowned in February 2018, kicking off the town’s new Darwin Festival of Activities.

Robin Morris, chairman of the fifth generation Morris family run business group, said: “As a long-established Shropshire business - we’ve been here since 1869 – and with more than 700 Morris colleagues based around the county, we are keen to help nurture and support the next generation of game-changers within our county.

“This competition helps us to build links between business and education and more importantly celebrate all the enthusiastic and creative young thinkers who live here.” 

UCS Provost, Professor Anna Sutton, said: “We are already working together with Morris Property who are building the exciting Tannery student accommodation, so a competition to engage and ignite young minds is perfect for our next joint initiative.”

“As a distinctive institution, we are committed not only to high-quality teaching and research, but importantly, to fostering enterprise and contributing to the community here in Shrewsbury.

“With courses including Genetics and Evolution, everyone at UCS is honoured to be establishing a Higher Education Institution in the birthplace of Darwin and to be launching this new opportunity to encourage innovation.”

The competition is open to all young Salopians aged from 7 to 21 with the energy and enthusiasm to inspire with their ideas. 

All entrants need to do is write a short piece on how they would change the world with ONE great idea. Something they passionately believe in.

There are three age categories for entry: 7-11 years (who can simply use a picture to bring their idea to life and/or up to 350 words; 12-17 years with up to 750 words and any diagrams or pictures; and 18-21 years with a submission of up to 1000 words.

All Shropshire youngsters are eligible to enter, even if they are educated outside the county, so no one is exempt. 

In addition to a financial contribution to the winning entrants’ school/college or university, there are some prizes for the nominees including a sleepover Dino-Snores experience inside the London Natural History Museum for the 7-11 year old winner, the latest GoPro hero5 Action Camera for the 12-17 year old winner and a Virgin balloon ride over the county for the 18-21 year old winner.