Regional Heats

Regional Heats

The autumn 2018 regional dates and venues are:

University of Edinburgh  Nov 10 The Waid Academy are through to the finals for the 3rd time! Many thanks to Dr Adam Stevens for his help in running and organising this event.

University of Oxford November 10 Well done, Dulwich College!

Bede’s School – Congratulations to Dougeldyne, (Sevenoaks and Trinity), the East Sussex winners. Huge thanks to Bill Richards and Bede’s for hosting the event.

University of Derby – The victors in Derby were Boston Grammar School and Derby High School. Luke Gordon-Calvert and the student ambassadors were amazing -thank you!

University of Cardiff  – Ysgol Bryngwyn and Cardiff Sixth Form College will be joining the finals at Imperial College London. Many thanks to Dr Chris North and Alice Hopkinson at the University of Cardiff for their meticulous organising of this event. 

Scarborough College – Peter Finch and Scarborough College kindly hosted the event for the North East. South Hunsley School and Scarborough UTC are through to the finals.

University of Liverpool – Another warm welcome from the enthusiastic team at the University of Liverpool – many thanks to Ab Ismail, Diane Taktak, Bob Morris and Mike Jump. St Edward’s School and West Kirby Grammar School are headed to London for the finals.

Imperial College London – With over 200 competitors, this was the largest Regional event held by UKSDC. Space bus Z were the winners, and St. Olave’s, City of London School for Girls’, QE Boys’ and Dartford Grammar School will return to Imperial College for the finals.

We couldn’t do this without all our wonderful volunteers! THANK YOU!

Registration for the video competition is open until December the 15th

Video Competition

The fall 2017 Regional Heat winners.

2017/18 Regional Heats


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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  • 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.