Regional Heats

The UK Space Design Competition can be entered through heats in various locations around the UK, in addition to our video entry selection process. The Regional Heats are organised in a similar fashion to the UKSDC Final. Teams will go head to head to solve a Request for Proposal (RFP), completing the task over the course of one day. The teams will then present their proposal to a specialist team of judges at the end of the day.

To register for a 2018 Regional Heat, please fill in the form at the bottom of the page. Additional locations to the schools below will be announced March 2018.

Regional Heats will be one day events (rather than over a whole weekend as in previous years). Provisionally, hours for the competition will be 08:00-22:00. Please note that we do not provide accommodation on Regional Heat weekends. Catering is generally provided on competition days and we will advise you nearer the event date if there are any changes to this.

For any queries regarding these events, please contact, and not the hosting institution.

Wales                                      Congratulations to Cardiff Sixth Form College
Date:  4th November, 2017   Thanks to Chrisanthi Praki and the Outreach team
Venue: Swansea University, Singleton Campus
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West London                            Well done to Trinity Croydon and DCJAGS
Date: 11 November, 2017       Many thanks to Paula Bull, Harry Gilloway and Phoebe Taylor
Venue: Westminster Academy, The Naim Dangoor Centre, 255 Harrow Road, London W2 5EZ
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Oxfordshire                     Kingham Hill and Dulwich College go through to the final
Date: 11 November, 2017
Venue: Oxford University, Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG
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Liverpool            Woodchurch High and The Brooksbank School join the finals in March
Date: 18 November, 2017 Many thanks to Dr Mike Jump and Diane Taktak
Venue: University of Liverpool
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South England         Ardingly and St Paul’s Catholic College were the winners in this region
Date: 18 November, 2017     Thank you to Bill Richards and the team at Bede’s for hosting 
Venue: Bede’s School, Eastbourne, co-sponsored by Brighton University
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Scottish Heat         Waid Academy and Queen Elizabeth High School go through to the final
Date: 25 November, 2017     Thanks to Dr Adam Stevens for all his help
Venue: University of Edinburgh
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Derby Girls’ Heat     Littleover Community School and Repton School progress to the finals
Date: 25 November, 2017       A huge thank you to Luke Gordon-Calvert and Louise Pigden
Venue: University of Derby   ….and, of course, Rolls-Royce for their generous sponsorship
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North East England Heat  Scarborough UTC will represent the North East in the March final
Date: 25 November, 2017
Venue: UTC, Scarborough
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Central London Heat

 The Charter School and Francis Holland School will return to Imperial in March
Date: 2 December, 2017
Venue: Imperial College London, Department of Earth Science & Engineering, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2AZ
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Rules for 2017-2018


  •  Teams can be made up of 4 to 12 students.
  • Students must be 18 or under for the International finals in July/August 2018
  •  Regional participants must be in school Years 10-13 or equivalent. Galactic Challenge students must be Years 5-9 or equivalent. All teams need to be accompanied by a teacher or adult who is DBS checked. Direct contact information for the responsible adult must be supplied at registration. Registration for the competition indicates permission has been granted by the parent or guardian of each participant.
  • Schools may register for more than one competition heat at a time.  However, schools must indicate which venue is their preferred event.  For their second choice event, the school will be placed on a ‘reserve’ list.
  • Schools may register a maximum of two teams. A school’s second team will be allowed to participate in the competition should space be available three weeks prior to the event taking place, However, only one team per school will be allowed to advance to the UK National Finals.
  • Teams who are not successful in the regional competitions are permitted to place a second entry to UKSDC via the video competition.
  • There is no limit to the number of video entries that one school can enter.
  • Some of our Regional competitions are heavily oversubscribed every year.  At these heats, the UKSDC Board may deem it necessary to combine teams to form larger companies of up to 24 students.
  •  At Regional competitions with combined teams, only 12 students from the winning company will be invited to take part in the UK finals.
  • To recognise the outreach efforts of teams comprised of more than one school, such as science clubs, all members of the non-affiliated team will be invited to take part at the UK finals if they are successful in a regional competition or the video competition. This will be the case even if the non-affiliated team has students from a school, which is affiliated separately as a single-school team. However, a school may only enter one full team and one half team (as part of a non-affiliated club).
  • Students should bring a laptop/tablet with them if at all possible.  Please be aware that we aim to secure computer access for all companies at each competition venue, however this is not always possible.
  • All team members must be specified in the initial application.  A team will only be considered non-affiliated if less than 50 per cent of its members are from one school.
  • The UKSDC Board reserves the right to make final decisions.The aim of the Space Settlement Design Competition is to increase engagement in science and engineering for as many students as possible.

Please note that there are limited spaces at the Heats, and they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If the Heat you have registered for is full, we will notify you immediately so that you may apply for another one if possible. The dates of Regional Heats may be subject to change, and registrants will be notified as soon as possible.

You can use this template poster (.doc) to advertise the competition in your school or club.

Students in Years 5 – 9 (or equivalent), can compete in our Galactic Challenge.

Too old to participate? We are looking for university students and professionals to volunteer for different roles at these events.