Applications for Policy Idol 2018 now open, offering training, cash prizes and the chance to test your ideas and skills on a panel of experts
Applications are now open for Policy Idol 2018, the annual competition open to all current students and staff at King’s, in which participants pitch their policy ideas to an expert panel of leading figures from the worlds of politics, academia and industry. Either individually or as part of a team, on the day contestants will have just three minutes to present their idea to the judges, who will assess the pitch on the quality of delivery and the evidence and analysis underpinning it.
Organised by the Policy Institute at King’s, the competition sees the best ideas selected in a series of heats, with standout pitches from each heat put through to the grand final. All finalists receive bespoke training in policy analysis and communications, as well as an opportunity to improve their pitch.
The final takes place in front of a live audience, with both the judges and the audience voting for their favourite idea at the end of the evening. This year’s final was hosted by the BBC’s Home Editor, Mark Easton, and the judging was carried out by a panel that included Professor Jennifer Rubin, Director of The Policy Institute at King’s; Dr Dan Poulter, Conservative MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and Visiting Professor at The Policy Institute; Polly Toynbee, columnist at The Guardian; and Professor Frans Berkhout, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s.
The finalists’ pitches covered a diverse range of topics, including the increasing problem of smartphone addiction, how to improve working conditions for those working in the shadow trash market in Uruguay and how to engage young people to revitalise democracy. The overall winner, Louis Phelps, advocated the reduction of meat consumption to foster innovation.
We are very proud to add that two of GHSM Master’s students, Sarah Williams and Emma Wynne Bannister, were among the finalists in the 2016/17 Policy Idol Competition.
As with this year’s competition, Policy Idol 2018 will have four cash prizes on offer, with the overall winner taking home £1,000.
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