The 2014 BP UFT winners on their trip.

November deadline for engineering competition entries

Don’t leave it too late – entry into two of the world’s biggest student engineering competitions closes in late November.

If you’d like the opportunity to test your academic skills in a real-world environment, work with experienced engineers, travel and possibly win a great sum of money, then you’ll want to find out more about two of engineering’s biggest student competitions: Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas and BP’s Ultimate Field Trip.

Competition entries close towards the end of November, so if either of these challenges take your fancy, then head to the official competition websites to find out more.

BP’s Ultimate Field Trip

BP’s Ultimate Field Trip is a university STEM competition that asks teams of three students to come up with a solution to a real-world global energy challenge. This year students are being asked to identify and develop a novel technical solution that will reduce the amount of water utilised and/or find an effective use for water produced from operations.

The competition is open to students in the UK, Angola, Canada and the US and the winning teams from each country will take part in a two-week field trip to Trinidad and Tobago, where they will have the opportunity to visit a BP offshore platform, as well as a BP onshore processing facility. Additionally the winning teams will spend some leisure time visiting Tobago and the Pigeon Point Heritage Park.

Each winning team member will also receive £500 worth of Amazon vouchers.

Entry into BP’s Ultimate Field Trip closes on 21 November. Find out more at  

Airbus Fly Your Ideas

Fly Your Ideas is a global competition open to teams of three to five students currently studying for a bachelors, master’s or PhD in any academic discipline.

Students are invited to put forward their ideas to help solve the six key challenges for aviation in the 21st Century: energy, efficiency, affordable growth, traffic growth, passenger experience and community friendliness.

Students get the chance to work with a team of aviation professionals on their ideas throughout the competition. There are three progressively challenging rounds, ending with the final next June, when the top selected teams will present their ideas to a panel of Airbus and industry experts. The winners will share the top prize of €30,000 and the runners up will share €15,000.

Entry into Fly Your Ideas closes on 24 November. Find out more at

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