We have been receiving several specific questions from students from The Open University. If you are an OU student or 2016 graduate, you can find the answers to the most commonly asked questions here.
Is there any cost to submit?
There is absolutely no cost for a student to submit their work to the competition.
I’ve registered, but now how do I submit?
Now that you have registered, you can rest assured that you have secured the opportunity to submit your coursework to The Undergraduate Awards 2017 programme. You can log back into your form and continue the process of submitting your work. You can login or you can register and submit here.
Do I need to register for every paper I want to submit?
Yes, you will need to register for each category that you want to submit to. If you want to submit more than one paper to the one category you only have to register once for that category.
How many pieces of coursework can I submit?
You can submit up to three papers/projects.
When is the final deadline?
The final deadline will be 13th June 2017. There is NO deadline extension.
I am unsure of which category to submit to. Can you help?
We advise students to choose their category based on the title of their degree or subject/module that the paper was written for. Check out the list of categories. It may also be helpful to ask your lecturer or supervisor as to which category they would deem appropriate for the paper. If you are still unsure, contact us and we’d be happy to help.
Can I submit the same paper to two different categories?
No. You cannot submit the same paper more than once. You can however submit up to three papers to UA, and each to a different category, if you wish.
Can I edit my coursework to incorporate feedback from my lecturer/supervisor before I submit it to UA?
Yes, you can feel free to make small edits to your piece after you receive your grade in order to improve it.
Can I submit work that I completed on a summer programme?
NO. UA only accepts work that was completed for your undergraduate degree. If you completed work on an optional programme, such as a summer school, this work is not eligible for submission.
I’ve registered but I selected the wrong category, what do I do?
Not to worry, you will be able to change your submission details on the submission form, including the category under which you would like to submit your paper. Simply use the login and password you chose when you originally registered and edit your form.
I’ve forgotten my password, Am I locked out of my form?
If you have forgotten your password, click ‘forgot password’ and you will be emailed the option to create a new one, easy!
I’m in my first year of an undergraduate degree course, can I submit?
Unfortunately, UA only accepts submissions from students in the final or penultimate year of an undergraduate degree course. So, if you are undertaking a three-year degree, only students in their second or third year of study can submit. If you are undertaking a four-year degree, only students in their third or fourth year of study are eligible to submit. Simply put, if you graduated in 2016 or are due to graduate in 2017 or 2018, then you are eligible to submit.
I am a part-time student. Can I still submit?
Yes, part-time students are eligible to submit. However, you must have completed 2/3 of the work required for your degree in order to be eligible
Can I submit a paper/project written in a language other than English?
UA only accepts submissions in English. However, we would encourage students who have completed work in a language other than English to translate essays into English and submit the translated paper/project. You are free to seek any guidance necessary during this translation process.
Can I submit a paper/project that I completed in a previous year?
Yes, you can submit work that you completed at any point during your undergraduate career, once you yourself are graduating in 2017/2018 or graduated in 2016.
What is an abstract?
An abstract is a succinct summary/synopsis of your paper that enables the judges to quickly ascertain your paper’s purpose or content. It essentially is a selling point on the value of your paper’s content and therefore, UA recommends that you put thought and effort into writing a clear abstract to accompany your paper as it will be assessed by the judging panel for your category.
How do I write an abstract?
There are many online resources that provide advice on writing a strong academic abstract. Here’s one that we at UA find useful.
What should I include in my Statement for the Architecture & Design or Visual Arts category?
The statement is your opportunity to explain your project to the judges. You can talk about the motivation behind your work, the process that were involved in its creation etc. Anything at all that would help the judges to understand your work better!
Is there a maximum or minimum word count?
Apart from Visual Arts and Architecture & Design, the minimum word count is 1,750 words with no leeway. The maximum word is either 12,000 or 5,000 words depending on the category. You can find information on your category here. There is a 10% leeway on the maximum word count.
What does the word limit include?
The word limit includes the main body of your paper and the footnotes, if footnotes are included. It does not include the bibliography/reference page, list of contents or appendices. There is a 10% leeway on our maximum word count. For example, if the word-count is 5,000, we will disqualify papers that exceed 5,500 words in length.
Is there a specific style of referencing I need to use?
No, we accept all referencing styles, once it is consistent throughout the paper.
Can I include images/graphs in my paper?
Yes, you can include images and graphs. Any text accompanying the image, will be included in the word count. However, images/graphs that are included in the appendix will not be included in the word count.
Does mentioning a city, area, lake, river etc. in my paper violate UA’s anonymity requirements?
No, we realise that some papers refer to certain areas that could geographically locate a student. We believe, however, that this is a crucial detail to many papers and therefore does not violate our anonymity requirements. Be careful however to remove any mention of your name, University, module code, lecturer etc. as well as any photographs of you or your institution.
My paper/research has been previously published. Can I still submit?
Yes, you can submit work that has been previously published. However be aware that if you are successful you may not be able to present your work at the UA Global Summit or have it profiled in The Undergraduate Journal, due to copyright.
It is also important not to upload the publication itself, as this would make the work very easily identifiable.
Does the CV/Resume that I include with my submission need to be anonymous?
No, this does not need to be anonymised as it is not seen by the judges.
I will not have received the grade for my coursework before the deadline. Can I still submit?
If necessary, you can submit to UA with a ‘predicted grade.’ i.e. the grade you expect to receive based on your marker’s comments or past coursework.
My paper won’t upload, what could be the problem?
Please ensure that your paper is saved in either .doc or .pdf format. The maximum file size is 10MB. If your paper meets the above criteria and still won’t upload to your submission form, please contact email@example.com
Do you have another query?
For queries pertaining to your submission form or the awards programme contact firstname.lastname@example.org