Made in Manchester competition

Enter our bicentenary student competition to tell us what being "Made in Manchester" means to you.

In 2024 we celebrate our bicentenary: 200 years of learning, innovation and research at Manchester, and we want you to get involved.

About the competition

We’re calling on you, our students, to share through art, words, sound or video what being "Made in Manchester" means to you. We’re asking you to capture the rich and transformative experiences you and other students have had at Manchester over the last two centuries. After all, it’s our people who make us what we are. 

Enter before midnight on Sunday, 24 March 2024 to help us mark our bicentenary and for the chance to win £750 in travel vouchers. 

You can take inspiration from our vibrant campus life and community, or the University’s key discoveries, pioneering ideas and world firstsShow us how you've shaped The University of Manchester and howin turn, it has shaped you and the world you live in.

Submit your work

Follow the link below to submit your competition entry by midnight on Sunday, 24 March 2024.

For detailed submission guidelines and accepted file formats, read our submission types and criteria.

Enter now Submit your entry for the Made in Manchester competition.

Competition details

We invite all current University of Manchester students (undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research) to reflect on campus life, historical milestones, our key discoveries and world firsts, as well as the friendships and community that have shaped you 

We welcome submissions from all areas of the University community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. 

To allow you to be as creative as possible, we’re accepting a range of submission formats: illustrations, digital designs, photographs, poems, prose, short videoand sound recordings. Check the submission guidelines below for more information.

Submission guidelines

Your competition submissions can be as diverse as your experiences. We accept: 

  • Written word (500 characters maximum)  
  • Visual art/photography  
  • Video* (30 seconds maximum) 
  • Audio* (30 seconds maximum) 

*Where shortlisted video and audio files include dialogue, subtitles must be included.

Submission types and criteria

Written word (500 characters)

  • Word file types include the following file formats: Word, Excel, PPT, PDF 
  • PDF file type format is .pdf.  
    • Please be aware that any styling/formatting done in Word, PPT and Excel could be lost during upload. In order to retain this detail, save your submission as a PDF.  
  • Single file size limit: 100MB 
  • To submit your entry, you can upload it using the submission form above.

Visual art and photography

  • Image file types include the following file formats: .jpg, .jpeg, .png. 
  • Single file size limit: 100MB 
  • To submit your entry, you can upload it using the submission form above.

Video (30 seconds max. Submissions must be uploaded via the University Video Portal)

  • The University Video Portal supports video uploads of up to 5GB in the following formats: 
    • MP4 
    • AVI 
    • MOV 
    • WMV 
    • M4V 
    • WEBM 
    • MKV 
    • VOB 
    • OGG 

To upload video content to the University Video Portal, please follow these steps: 

  • Log into the My Videos tab of the University Video Portal.
  • We recommend that you export your videos as MP4 files with a minimum 1280x720P resolution where possible. 
  • Add a title and description that includes “Made in Manchester competition entry” 
  • Set visibility to ‘private’ before uploading 
  • The video portal will create a thumbnail from your video at the 15-second interval. If you wish to use your own image, you can upload a JPEG or PNG file. 
  • Press ‘submit’ to upload the video. You'll receive an email when the video has been processed and published. 
  • To share the video, use the direct link found in the embed code by clicking ‘Options > Video Info’ under the video in the University Video Portal. Copy and paste this link into the competition submission form above. 

For more detailed guidance, read our student podcast FAQs. If you have any issues, contact IT Support and request support from the Podcast Servicing team.  

*If your film is shortlisted and features dialogue, we'll contact you to ask for a subtitle file. This file must be in the .vtt format.

Audio (30 seconds max. Submissions must be uploaded via the University Video Portal)

  • The University Video Portal supports audio uploads of up to 5GB in the following formats: 
    • MP3

To upload audio content to the University Video Portal, please follow these steps:

  • Log into the My Videos tab of the University Video Portal.
  • We recommend that you export your audio as MP3 files. 
  • Add a title and description that includes “Made in Manchester competition entry” 
  • Set visibility to ‘private’ before uploading 
  • The video portal will create a thumbnail from your file at the 15-second interval. If you wish to use your own image, you can upload a JPEG or PNG file. 
  • Press ‘submit’ to upload the file. You'll receive an email when the file has been processed and published. 
  • To share the uploaded audio, use the direct link found in the embed code by clicking ‘Options > Video Info’ under the upload in the University Video Portal. Copy and paste this link into the competition submission form above. 

For more detailed guidance, read our student podcast FAQs. If you have any issues, contact IT Support and request support from the Podcast Servicing team.  

*If your audio is shortlisted and features dialogue, we'll contact you to ask for a subtitle file. This file must be in the .vtt format.

Shortlisting panel and process 

A panel of 14, including staff and students from all three Faculties, members of your SU Exec team and a special guest with arts expertise, will review submissions. They’ll shortlist five entries per Faculty, after which voting, in partnership with the Students' Union, will open online to all current Manchester students.  

The panel's diverse backgrounds will ensure a fair and comprehensive evaluation of your creativity. 

Shortlisting criteria 

Below are the criteria that our judges will score against to create the shortlist of entries:  

  • Relevance to theme: How well does the submission capture the essence of 'Made in Manchester’ and reflect the spirit, impact, and transformative experiences of the University?  
  • Originality and creativity: Does the entry exhibit original thought and convey a unique perspective or interpretation of the theme? 
  • Representation and diversity: Does the submission reflect the diverse experiences and backgrounds of the University community? 
  • Emotional impact: Does the entry evoke an emotional response or a sense of connection with the University community? 
  • Artistic merit: The technical skill and proficiency demonstrated in the use of the chosen medium, quality of production (such as video editing skills) and mastery of the medium (such as writing style and grammar in text; composition of images) will all be considered.

Prize details

Three winners, one from each Faculty, will be selected to represent the diverse perspectives of our University community.

Winners will each receive a £750 travel voucher and an exclusive invitation to the exhibition show at Universally Manchester Festival, on 6 June 2024.

Timeline and voting 

Please submit your entry by midnight on Sunday, 24 March 2024.

Shortlisting will begin on Monday, 25 March and the finalists will be announced in late April. Community voting will kick off with the Students' Union at the start of May. Winners will be notified by Friday, 24 May 2024.  

Stay tuned for updates and to participate in selecting the winners.

Terms and conditions 

Every competition has its guidelines and ours is no different. Please read through our Terms and Conditions (31.1KB) carefully to ensure your entry meets all the necessary criteria.

Contact and support  

Got questions or need assistance with your submission? Reach out to us through bicentenary@manchester.ac.uk for any inquiries or assistance. For questions about using the University Video Portal, contact IT Support and request support from the Podcast Servicing Team.