Undergraduate Video Competition 2019


Undergraduate students have the chance to win £1,000 by creating a 3-minute video on a topical economic issue.

Individuals or teams of up to six students are invited to create a video exploring how economics can be used to understand current issues.

RES Undergraduate Video Competition 2019

There are no set topics and your video can take whatever form you feel is appropriate (including animation, news bulletins or interviews) so long as it is clear and understandable to a wider audience.

As well as a £1,000 cash prize, the winner will receive a year’s student membership to the Royal Economic Society.

You have until Friday 26 July 2019 to submit your entry using the online form. Please upload your video of up to 3 minutes to YouTube (marked as unlisted) and include a link so we can view it.


  • Best video – £1,000 and 1 year RES student membership

  • 2x runners-up – 1 year RES student membership


  1. The Royal Economic Society Undergraduate Video Competition 2019 is open to all undergraduate students studying at a UK University (including those students graduating this year)

  2. The competition is free to enter. Only one entry is permitted per individual or team (up to six people). Teams can be from the same or different universities

  3. All entries must be submitted via the Royal Economic Society website (RES) using the form provided. Entrants must include their contact details and a link to their video on this form

  4. Entrants must upload their video of up to 3 minutes long to YouTube (www.youtube.com), mark it as unlisted and provide a link to it on their entry form

  5. Entrants agree that their entry is their own work, produced solely for the purpose of the Competition, and warrant that their entry does not breach any applicable laws or regulations or infringe any third intellectual property or privacy rights, and is not in any way libellous, defamatory, obscene, indecent, harassing or threatening. Videos must only include material that the entrant has obtained the right to use, or that is Creative Commons

  6. Entries will be judged according to their use of economics and clarity of argument, the relevance of the chosen topic and the quality of the video

  7. A judging panel appointed by RES will select the winner and two runners-up. The names of the judging panel will be made available on request. The judges’ decisions shall be final. No correspondence regarding the results will be entered into

  8. The names and universities of the winner and runners up will be published on the RES website and social media along with the winning videos. Entries may be shown at future RES events

  9. Unless agreed otherwise, entrants retain ownership over their entry to the Competition. By submitting an entry, entrants grant RES a worldwide, non-exclusive, sub-licensable, irrevocable and royalty-free licence to use, display, publish, transmit, copy and edit the entry, in whole or in part, in any way and in any media, whether now known or invented in the future

  10. Any personal data submitted by the entrant will be processed by RES in accordance with any applicable data protection legislation, and RES’ privacy notice is available at: https://www.res.org.uk/resource-library-page/privacy-notice.html

  11. The winner will be awarded £1,000 and student membership of the RES for one year. The runners-up will be awarded student membership of the RES for one year. The prizes are non-exchangable, non-transferable and no alternative is offered

  12. RES reserve the right to replace the prizes with alternative prizes of equal or higher value if necessary, and to cancel, amend or suspend the Competition or nay part of it (including the Terms and Conditions) as required by the circumstances

  13. The winner and runners-up will be notified by email or telephone (using the details provided at entry). The winner will be invited to a prize-giving ceremony. If the prizes are declined or unclaimed by a winner, or if a winner cannot be contacted from the details supplied within 15 business days of notification, a replacement winner may be chosen at RES’ discretion and will be notified by RES. RES will not be liable for any failure, delay or inability to contact a winner

  14. The deadline for submissions is midnight (BST) Friday 26 July 2019. Any entry which is late, incomplete or inappropriate will be deemed invalid at the discretion of the RES

  15. RES accepts no responsibility for any technical failures which may result in any entry being lost, corrupted or not properly registered. No responsibility will be taken for damaged or lost entries

  16. RES cannot accept responsibility for or liability arising from entrants taking part in the Competition or for taking up the prizes. RES gives no warranty or guarantee in relation to the prizes and accept no responsibility or liability for the prizes being amended. To the fullest extent permitted by law, RES exclude liability for all loss, damage or claim arising as a result of a participant’s entry into the Competition or use of the prizes

  17. By entering the Competition, entrants agree to hold RES harmless for liability, damages or claims for injury or loss to any person or property, relating to, directly or indirectly, participation in this Competition, or claims based on publicity rights, third party intellectual property rights, defamation or invasion of privacy

  18. RES reserves the right to refuse entry or to refuse to award a prize to anyone in breach of the Rules

  19. These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. Disputes arising in connection with this Competition shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts

  20. The promoter is the Royal Economic Society, 2 Dean Trench St, Westminster, London, SW1P 3HE

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