Calling all women: Here is how you can win £10,000 with UNiDAYS

Students from Nottingham and Sussex are amongst previous winners

Do you have a meaningful side hustle that you’re really proud of? Perhaps you’re bringing communities together, or busy being the boss of your own business? If so, UNiDAYS wants to hear from YOU.

For the fifth year running, UNiDAYS is rewarding inspirational students that identify as women with a £10,000 prize for their passion projects through their ‘Student Woman of the Year 2023’ competition. UNiDAYS is looking to spotlight the incredible work students are doing within their community, and beyond, to break down barriers and tackle diversity.

The competition is open to students across the world and two lucky runners up will win £1,000 for their projects.

Here’s how to enter

All you need to do to enter is submit a 60 second video telling UNiDAYS how you’re breaking boundaries and embracing diversity within your side hustle. Plus, let them know how you’d put the £10,000 prize to good use — it’s that simple!

Your video will be judged by an all-star judging panel including last year’s winner, Yanti Peng, and featuring Desirèe Henry, Olympic Bronze Medalist, and Phoebe Schecter, Britain’s first female NFL coach.

For the best chance of progressing through the competition, make sure you showcase your creative flair within your entry video and communicate your ideas clearly.

Applications will close on the 31st March! Enter NOW via the UNiDAYS website.

Need inspiration? Take a look at last year’s winners!

The top prize last year was awarded to 21-year-old undergraduate student at the University of New South Wales, Yanti Peng. Her student-run social enterprise ‘Uplift’ is an upskilling workshop for young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Yanti gives young people the opportunity to express themselves creatively through t-shirt design, screen printing and much more.

Yanti has since used the £10,000 prize money to expand her project by adding a sewing workshop, which has increased access to youth engagement and enabled her team to imagine more for their project than they previously could.

Check out Yanti’s project:

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Already have a project ready to go? Enter it in the competition here.

Other runners up and their projects include Wadi Ben-Hirki from the University of Sussex. Wadi is the founder of her own foundation, the Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation, which focuses on gender equality, education, and peace building.

Another winner of the £1,000 runner up prize was Gaia Cawley, a Psychology and Criminology student from Nottingham Trent University. Gaia launched a self-help YouTube channel called ‘Gaia Rose’ after being diagnosed with dyslexia and has since built a platform offering resources to young people in order to make education more accessible.

Runners up Wadi Ben-Hirki (left) and Gaia Cawley (right)

Does your passion project or side hustle fit the criteria? Do you need an extra splash of funding to take your business to the next level?

Enter UNiDAYS’ ‘Student Woman of the Year 2023’ competition today!

Applications are now OPEN and close on 31st of March.