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Win a big cash prize with your ideas for tackling plastic litter

  • 26 May 2021
  • 5 min read

Are you keen to win some money this summer? Are you interested in sustainability and tackling plastic pollution? Then read on…

We’re calling on our students to create a short video to inspire people to take part in the world’s first city-wide plastic waste survey, right here in Portsmouth.

The survey will be run later this year as part of our Revolution Plastics initiative. The competition is supported by Santander Universities and Jetsam – an app that helps you catalogue plastic waste.  

The challenge

  • Create one video, no longer than 90 seconds, to inspire people to take part in a Portsmouth-based project to track plastic litter. Post your video on Twitter and tag  @UoPPlastics and @jetsam_tech, along with the hashtag #SantanderUniUK.
  • Write a short campaign plan to explain your ideas. This should include an overview of the target audience, social media channels you would use, and when and how you would share your video (maximum 300 words).
  • Submit your campaign plan and a link to your video by 5pm on Thursday 15 July 2021.
  • You can enter as an individual or in teams of up to six students.

The best six entrants will be invited to present their concepts to a judging panel this summer. This will include representatives from Santander Universities, Jetsam and Revolution Plastics. 

Prizes on offer

Incredible prizes are up for grabs, thanks to Santander Universities. The prizes will be awarded by the end of September 2021 (and split evenly for teams).

Judges’ Awards:

  • 1st – £3,500
  • 2nd – £2,500
  • 3rd – £2,000

People’s Choice Awards:

  • £2,000 winner
  • £500 honourable mention x 2

Find out more and be a game changer

Help end plastic pollution while building your CV and portfolio, growing your network and showing your skills – whether that’s community building, creative thinking, marketing or filmmaking. 

Come to a short Zoom meeting on Tuesday 15 June 2021 from 18:00-19:00 BST to meet members of Revolution Plastics and Jetsam. This is a chance to find out more and ask questions about the competition.

We’ll recap how to enter and how you can get involved with the survey. You can also submit your questions in advance via this short form.

You don’t need to be studying a specific course to take part. Revolution Plastics is about bringing people together from all areas to tackle the global plastics crisis. We can’t wait to see your ideas.

Go on, join the revolution.

Register for the event

How to enter

  1. Register on Santander Scholarships Platform. You need to complete an application form including details like your name, date of birth, email address. You’ll then upload your competition entry on this system, and include links to your video and campaign plan. 
  2. Submit your entry before 5pm on Thursday 15 July 2021.
  3. Post your video on Twitter and tag @UoPPlastics and @jetsam_tech, along with the hashtag #SantanderUniUK.
  4. You’ll receive a notification to tell you if you’ve been successful in being shortlisted to win a prize. 
  5. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted via the email address supplied, so keep an eye on your inbox. You’ll then need to present your idea to the judging panel.

All finalists will be encouraged to be involved with the citizen science project after the competition and to engage with the Revolution Plastics and Jetsam teams. This may include helping with roll out of the social media campaign in collaboration with University staff.

Enter the competition

Competition details

Revolution Plastics Student Competition - Terms and Conditions


1. By entering the competition you are agreeing to these competition terms and conditions.

2. The competition is being run by the University of Portsmouth and supported by Santander Universities UK and Jetsam.

3. The University of Portsmouth and Santander Universities UK accept no responsibility for entries not successfully completed due to a technical fault, technical malfunction, computer hardware or software failure, satellite, network or server failure of any kind.

4. Video entries should not contain any derogatory images or language and if they are judged to do so will be immediately removed from the competition and the University of Portsmouth will take disciplinary action against those entrants in accordance with current student guidelines.

Eligibility to enter 

5. The competition is open to all current University of Portsmouth students over 18 years of age (UoP staff who are currently studying with the University are eligible to enter).

6. In entering the prize draw, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize money you may win. 

7. A maximum of one entry per individual is permitted either as an individual or as part of a team (no more than 6 people).

8. The competition is free to enter.

How to enter

9. All entries must be submitted no later than the competition closing date of 5pm on Friday 15th July 2021. Entries after that time and date will not be included in the competition. 

10. The University of Portsmouth and Santander Universities UK will not accept responsibility if contact details provided are incomplete or inaccurate.

11.  To enter the competition you must submit your ideas for a social media campaign plan to inspire the citizens of Portsmouth to take part in the world’s first city-wide plastic waste survey using the Jetsam App.  Your ideas should be in the format of a short video (no more than 90 seconds) along with a campaign plan (max 300 words).  

12. The video, along with your details and campaign plan should be uploaded onto the Santander Scholarships Platform as well as posting your video on Twitter and tag  @UoPPlastics and @jetsam_tech, along with hashtag for Santander Universities #SantanderUniUK.

13.  After the competition closing date, six entrants will be invited to present their ideas to a judging panel and compete for the prize money.

14. The prize money will be awarded to students and split in the case of group projects. The prize money is as follows:

  • 1st £3,500
  • 2nd £2,500
  • 3rd £2,000

People's Choice awards of:

  • £2,000 winner
  • £500 honourable mention x 2

15. The three entrants not selected for the three primary prizes will compete for the People’s Choice awards. 

16.  The three entries competing for the people’s choice awards will be shared on twitter and the entry with the most likes will be deemed the winner of the People’s Choice award.  The other two entries will receive an honourable mention award.

17. The prize money has been donated by Santander Universities UK. 

18. The prize is non-exchangeable and non-transferable.

19.  The decision of the judging panel is final.

20. The decision of the University of Portsmouth and Santander Universities UK regarding any aspect of the award of the prizes is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into about it. 

Winner announcement 

20. The winners will be notified via the Santander Scholarships Platform system.

21.  Winners will be contacted via the Santander Scholarships Platform system up to two times. 

22.  If the winners do not respond to the email notifying them of their win within 7 days of the second email,  they will lose their right to the prize money, and the University of Portsmouth and Santander Universities UK reserve the right to choose and notify a new winner. 

23. You consent to any personal information you provide in entering the competition and your competition entry being used by the University of Portsmouth and/or Santander Universities UK.

24. An announcement of the prize winners’ names will be made via the Revolution Plastics  twitter account.

25. Subject to the winner’s rights under applicable data protection legislation, the University of Portsmouth shall be entitled to use and feature the name of any prize winners for publicity purposes and winners agree that they will participate in any reasonable publicity arranged by the University of Portsmouth.

26. All personal information shall be used in accordance with the University of Portsmouth data protection policy.

27. The University of Portsmouth and Santander Universities UK do not accept any liability for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrants as a result of either participating in the competition or being selected for a prize.


28. The University of Portsmouth and Santander Universities UK reserve the right to cancel the competition or amend these terms and conditions at any time, without prior notice. 

29. The University of Portsmouth and Santander Universities UK reserve the right to refuse entry, or refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of the Terms and Conditions or the spirit of the Terms and Conditions.

  • Your video entry should be high quality and can either be footage or an animation. If you don’t have access to fancy filming equipment, don't worry. You can record the video on a mobile phone - we’re interested in your ideas.
  • Your campaign plan needs to be a short description of 300 words to explain your idea. The main objective of your campaign should be to engage and recruit volunteers, but you may also like to consider volunteer retention and long-term engagement with the project.

  • Originality of idea
  • Ease of implementation
  • Campaign logistics, including chosen social media platforms and timing
  • Consideration and understanding of the target audience 
  • Pathways for volunteer engagement and retention

About the project

Portsmouth plastics survey

We’re collaborating with Jetsam Tech on what is believed to be the world’s first programme of city-wide plastic pollution surveys using a citizen science-based approach, thanks for funding from the Flotilla Foundation.

Through the project, members of the public will use the Jetsam app to take pictures of plastic litter, providing data about the location, volume and types of plastic pollution. We’ll need volunteers to do this on a regular basis to create a full map of plastics in Portsmouth.

We’ll use the findings to help reduce plastic use and divert plastics to appropriate waste processing channels and prevent plastics from entering the sea. 

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We're taking radical action to tackle the global plastics crisis. Find out more about Revolution Plastics.


About the Jetsam app

Central to the plastics survey is the Jetsam app, co-founded by alumnus Louis Capitanchik and Southsea-based entrepreneur Steve Bomford.

It's really easy to use. You simply download the Jetsam app (for your Android or iOS device), go about your daily life in Portsmouth and use the app to take any photos of plastic waste that you see laying around. Every time you take a picture, the app captures the location of the litter and adds it to a map.

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