How to enter

You can enter the competition through two routes. Firstly, you can attend an ENTHUSE funded CPD Course at the National Science Learning Centre, York. The action plan you prepare as part of your course at the Science Learning Centre can be submitted for the Science Prize. This plan should outline an idea for a science or science & maths teaching project that meets a need in your school or college. The project can be in any area of science or the practical application of maths. It can be a new idea or a development of something you have been working on for some time. The most important thing is to be innovative and come up with unusual ideas.

The ENTHUSE Award will cover your course fees, supply cover, travel and accommodation. Any teacher, lecturer, teaching assistant or technician from a maintained school or college can apply for one. ENTHUSE Awards are available from September onwards on all of the courses at the National Science Learning Centre.

If you are unable to attend a course at the National Science Learning Centre you can enter the Science Prize through one of the regional science learning centre nearest to you. The five regional centres are:

1. North West - David Craven -
2. Derbyshire, Yorkshire and North East - Judith Higginson-
3. Central England - Lynda Homer -
4. London and South East - Lynda Homer -
5. South West - David Craven -

Further contact details can be found on the Science Learning Centres website.  Alternatively you can access the form and you will be taken to an electronic form-site where you can choose to submit an action plan for science or the maths component of the prize.  You will find this on the first drop down box.  Please note closing date is 13th May 2016

The prize is open to any school or college in the UK . If you wish to enter for the maths component of the prize the specific criteria we will be looking for will be those that demonstrate that mathematics is integral to everyday work in the field of science. They will be looking to reward excellence in mathematics teaching across the education system and support teacher continuing professional development.

Rolls-Royce Science Prize is a two-year competition.

Year 1

  • Up to 60 entries are awarded £1,000 Special Merit Award and requested to provide additional information to complete their entry into the Science Prize
  • Our Special Merit Award winning entries form our shortlist from where we select our finalists and receive a further £5,000 each and a video recorder to capture the development of the project.

Year 2

  • Finalist schools are also given the support of a specialist mentor to help implement their proposals as outlined in their action plan.
  • Finalist schools carry out their proposals over the academic year and document this with monthly diary entries and video entries.
  • Judges assess the submitted documentation and recommend a winner and runner-up.
  • Finalists attend the prestigious Rolls-Royce Science Prize awards dinner

Help from the Science Prize team and the Science Learning Centre network is available throughout the competition

Please be aware once selected as a finalist participation in Rolls-Royce Science Prize will require commitment from your school and team for the full duration of the competition.

Judging the Entries

Each proposal goes through a two stage judging process:

Proposals are marked and moderated by experts from the Science Learning Centre Network and experts from the education sector. Each member of this network has been chosen for their knowledge of science & maths teaching and the various curricula and national guidelines throughout the UK.

A final judging panel determines who the new finalists will be.

As previously mentioned these finalists will win £5,000 to implement and film their projects for the chance to win the coveted Rolls-Royce Science Prize.