School of Divinity Three-Minute Video Competition 2024

Calling all Higher and Advanced Higher RMPS and A-Level Religious Studies pupils!

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Are you interested in belief systems, rituals, mythology, iconography, practices and ethics and the integral part they play in human culture? Then tell us about it in our School of Divinity Video Competition.

'How can studying religion help us understand our world and each other?' 

We want you to address the above questions in a video of no more than three minutes in length. You can record the video on your own or with your friends, on a phone or with a camera.  Don’t worry about the production quality, it’s the content that matters. 

The world needs people who are good at thinking about religion

It runs through nearly every vein of our society.  So tell us why it’s so important to study religion.  How does it help us understand our world? And what can this understanding bring?  Think about why you study religion and what makes you passionate about it.

Enter our competition three-minute video competition

And tell us why religion makes such a difference across the globe. There are prizes of £100, £50, and £20 in vouchers for first, second and third place.  We are looking for entrants who address the question in the most creative and original way!

Please send your entry no later than 5pm on Thursday 20th June.  Please see below for full entry details, terms and conditions, including our GDPR policy. Winning entries will be announced by the end of June.

Terms and Conditions for School of Divinity Video Competition

By submitting a video for the competition, entrants acknowledge that they have read and agreed to these terms and conditions.

  1. Eligibility: The competition is open to all Higher and advanced Higher RMPS pupils (and to pupils of broadly equivalent programmes, including but not limited to A Level Religious Studies) residing in Scotland.
  2. Entry Requirements: Each entry must be an original video, no longer than 3 minutes in length. Videos must be submitted in digital format via email or electronic transfer to the competition organiser, being The University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity, at . Each participant is allowed to submit only one entry. Entries can be submitted by individuals or by a group. Covering emails or messages in respect of each entry should include the full name(s) of the entrant(s), school or place of study of the entrant(s) (“School”) and the relevant programme(s) (e.g. Higher RMPS) of the entrant(s). There is a limit of one entry per entrant/group.
  3. Closing date: The deadline for entries is Thursday 20th June 2024 at 5pm. Entries received after this deadline shall not be considered.
  4. Theme: The theme of the competition is'How can studying religion help us understand our world and each other?' . All videos must address this theme in some way.
  5. Content Guidelines: All videos must be appropriate for a general audience. No profanity, nudity, or offensive material will be accepted. Do not refer to your School by name in the video or any surnames. We will blur out anything that identifies your School such as a badge. Entrants will only be referred to on a first name basis by the University when sharing any winning videos online. Any videos that are deemed inappropriate (in the sole discretion of the judges) will be disqualified.
  6. Ownership: All videos submitted for the competition must be the original work of the entrant(s), and entrants must have obtained any necessary permissions to use any copyrighted material (including but not limited to music) in their videos.
  7. Judging: Videos will be judged on creativity, originality, and how effectively the theme is addressed.
  8. Prizes: The winner of the competition will receive a £100 voucher. The second-place winner will receive a £50 voucher, and the third-place winner will receive a £20 voucher. Please note that if you enter as a group, the voucher will be sent to one member of the group who shall be responsible for sharing the prize amongst the group in a manner agreed by the group. The competition organiser shall not be responsible for splitting prizes between members of a group.
  9. Rights: The winning entrants must be prepared to grant the competition organiser the right to use their video entries for promotional purposes. This will mean posting on the School of Divinity website and social media channel(s). All winning entrants will be asked to sign a form to this effect, counter signed by a parent or guardian.
  10. Consent: Consent of all participants in a video should be obtained before any such video is entered into this competition.
  11. Retention of videos: All videos (other than winning entries) shall be deleted from the competition organiser’s systems within 3 months of winners being chosen. Any winning entries which are shared online by the competition organiser, shall be shown online on the School of Divinity website and social media channel(s) for a maximum time of 24 months before being removed from those sources and deleted from the competition organiser’s systems.
  12. Liability: The competition organiser is not responsible for any injury, loss, or damage to any person or property that may occur as a result of participation in the competition.
  13. Disqualification: The competition organiser reserves the right to disqualify any entry that violates these terms and conditions or that is deemed inappropriate for any reason.
  14. Charges: There is no charge to enter this competition.
  15. Privacy: We will use personal data of each entrant to allow us to process each competition entry and communicate with each entrant about their competition entry. We are processing the information about each entrant for these purposes because by entering the competition, each entrant is entering into a contractual agreement for us to do so. After the competition closes, we may send you each entrant a survey as it is our legitimate interest to help us improve any future competitions that we organise. We will hold the personal data provided for the time periods listed in paragraph 11 above. We do not use profiling or automated decision making processes. If you have any questions, please contact the Marketing and Communications Officer Cathy Frossard This privacy statement is continued at:
  16. Changes: The competition organiser reserves the right to make changes to these terms and conditions at any time without notice.
  17. Jurisdiction: These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Scotland. Any disputes arising out of or in connection with this competition shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Scottish courts.