If your question is not answered here, please contact the Awards team via immerseuk@iuk.ktn-uk.org.

Who can enter the Awards?

To enter you must be currently registered on a UK degree programme, undergraduate to postgraduate. This will be verified via a supervisor letter of confirmation with recommendation included. Postgraduate work is eligible for submission up to 1 year from your degree programme for work undertaken during your student status, via the same verification of a supervisor letter of confirmation.

Will multiple entries be accepted?

Applicants can submit to multiple categories, but each category requires a separate entry tailored to address how your work applies to that category. See the 5 Categories for details.

How do I submit an application?

Click here to register for the Awards and begin your application.

Where is my data stored?

The Immerse UK Awards are using the Award Force platform, and your data is encrypted and securely stored within the European Union. The Immerse UK Awards use Innovate UK KTN’s privacy policy.

Is there a fee to enter the Awards?

No, there is no entry fee.

What are the terms and conditions regarding Intellectual Property?

Applicants will retain any applicable Intellectual Property rights. Immerse UK Awards does not take any ownership of your IP. In submitting the application, you declare that you have and continue to have all necessary rights, licences, permissions and consents to provide the content in your application.

What are the important dates for the Awards?

Immerse UK Awards timeline


  • 23 January: Applications open for the awards competition
  • 8 February: Design Workshop to meet Arup and Edify and learn about the awards categories
  • 27 March: Applications deadline
  • 3 April to 17 April: Judging period
  • 18 April: 10 finalists will be notified they have been selected to pitch
  • 26 April: Pitch Day Showcase (via Zoom)
  • 27 April – 8 May: Individual interviews will be conducted 1 on 1 by ARUP & Edify with the 10 finalists
  • 10 May: Immerse UK Awards Reception in London where the 5 category winners & 2 grand prize winners will be announced
  • June: 3 month internships begin (arrangements to be made directly with ARUP & Edify)

Some FAQs from our video briefing

Eligibility: Undergraduate to postgraduate

Does the entry have to be related to building environments (an Arup area of practice)? No, entries dealing with all aspects of immersive tech are welcome.

Do projects need to be completed? No, we understand projects may be at different stages and look to see what development can be demonstrated along with breadth, inspiration and creativity. A more complete project may be more relevant for the Best Overall Experience category.
In the Application Questions, applicants have the opportunity to answer and highlight: What are the next steps for the project?

Structure of the video: Length should be 3 minutes max. Please introduce your project to the judges, show us why you’re excited about it and here’s the Video Brief details.

Working in teams: For this first edition of the awards competition, as the grand prizes are individual,  entries should be individual. Next year’s awards may include a team category as we recognise many immersive tech projects are collaborative.

Pitches and time constraints: At the first stage, videos will be assessed at 3 minute max. Any entries reaching the Virtual Pitch Day will be asked for a pitch of similar length tbc, likely 3-5 minutes max.

Platform to use: We’re expecting to see a lot of games engines such as Unreal, but for UX or UI something like Figma might be more appropriate. No platform is ineligible, while we do expect to see an application into 3D/AR/VR.

In-person working during internships: It is expected that successful applicants will be in the London office of Arup at least a couple of days per week. Edify is a remote company and arranges team in-person days, which details can be shared. Internship details will be confirmed directly with the successful grand prize winners.

The eligibility letter: You can ask for an eligibility letter from your supervisor specifying that you’re part of the programme. This is a standard letter that course supervisors will be used to issuing.

International students: You will only be eligible for the student internship grand prizes if your visa allows you to undertake paid work.