JCT challenges students’ creativity with launch of JCT Student Essay Competition 2015

"Creative Construction" is the topic for the JCT Student Essay Competition 2015, which is now open to all construction students registered with UK institutions.

A winning prize of £1,000, and runner-up prizes of £250, are available for the students who can produce the best essay of not more than 2,500 words, providing an original idea or creative solution that would improve construction, be it the industry as a whole, or a particular aspect or process.

There is no limitation on the scope of the essay; what JCT is looking for is creative thinking, original ideas and well-conceived solutions.

In a change to previous years, which has asked for traditional academic essays, this year’s competition allows for either academic-style papers or journalistic-style articles to be submitted, depending on the candidates’ preference.

Candidates and the wider construction community are also encouraged to get involved via social media. Using the hashtag #creativeconstruction, JCT is asking for the best creative ideas to improve construction in just 140-characters, to be tweeted to @JCTContracts or sent to JCT’s Facebook page, facebook.com/JCTContracts.

There is a prize of two tickets to visit The View from The Shard in London available for the best social media entry.

The JCT Student Essay Competition 2015 is open until noon on Wednesday 18th March 2015. Judging will take place in May with a panel of construction industry experts, with the winners announced at a special awards lunch next June.

For full details, including more information about the competition, guidance notes, competition rules, and how to enter, visit: www.jctltd.co.uk/student-competition.aspx.

As the UK’s leading provider of construction contracts, JCT is committed to providing support and guidance for construction students as well as helping students develop their understanding of construction contracts.

The JCT Student Essay Competition is an established annual competition to provide support for construction students. It was first launched in 2012 as part of JCT’s Education and Training Initiative. It is open to any student registered with a UK educational or professional institution studying a degree, professional qualification, vocational course, trade apprenticeship, or other construction-related programme.

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