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National psychology competition

The competition

We run a national Psychology competition for schools, enabling Year 12 students to pit their psychology skills against pupils from across the UK.

Teachers can register a maximum of two teams of 2 to 5 students, from your school.

To enter the competition, students answer the competition question with a three-minute video (submitted before the event) and a corresponding poster (to be presented at the event).

Students may want to look at findings from psychological studies, think about the implications of a psychological theory, or approach it completely differently. It’s an opportunity for you to showcase your understanding of Psychology.

The competition question

Check back here soon for details of the competition question for 2020!

At the event, we will play your video, and you will present your poster to our judges, other schools and Royal Holloway staff and students.

Save the date!

Next year’s competition will take place on Wednesday 1st July 2020.  All teams who register and submit a video by the deadline (TBC) will be invited to our competition event at Royal Holloway on 1st July.


Registration for next year’s competition will open in early 2020. Check back here for further details on how to register your team shortly.

The prizes

There will be prizes (gift vouchers) for the winning team! (In 2018 and 2019, our event was sponsored by Oxford University Press, who provided £100 of book vouchers to the winning school and £75 book vouchers to the runner-up school, and £75 book vouchers to the Audience favourite school!). Winning team members also took home a share of £120 in Love2Shop vouchers, courtesy of the Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London.

Previous winners

Our 2018 competition theme was "How can Psychology make the world a better place for future generations?" Watch the winning video from Hugh Baird College here.

Our 2019 competition theme was: “How can psychology be used to promote equality and greater acceptance of diversity?” Watch the winning video from Dame Alice Owens School below.

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