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Personal Development Award at Goldsmith’s University

This new award aims to give a design student/s the encouragement and direction to realise a project of their dreams. Past winners have included a design collective of six students starting up their own studio and working on a variety of different projects, (including a large event at the London Design Festival 2006) and a student running a charity that recycles used bicycles and sends them to Africa. The award is still in its infancy and we are looking forward to working with many more exciting winners.

How to apply

When applying for the award please bear in mind that we would like either a written report outlining your experience once you return (minimum of 500 words with lots of images) or a blog whilst you are travelling (with at least four entries of 250 words and plenty of pictures). We also encourage winners to share their experience with their school or University when they return and inspire new candidates to apply.

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On the plane over to Beijing nerves really started to kick in and the enormity of the challenge that I had set myself really began to sink in. It was the first time that I had been away from home in my nineteen years of existence. The chaos of Beijing, which I was to grow to love, hit me immediately at the scrum for taxis quickly followed by the complete mess that was the roads in Beijing. …looking back on my time in Beijing I have nothing but fond memories. From the city itself, the food and the amazing people that I met and have formed potentially lasting friendships with to the excellent opportunity to learn Mandarin. I can honestly say that I can't wait to go back, and will endeavour to do so as soon, as is possible.

Jeremy Holliday, Epsom, 2007

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