In Darwin’s footsteps

A creative competition to find Shropshire’s outstanding young thinkers has been launched by Morris and Co and University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS). The competition, ONE Great Idea to Change the World, is inspired by one of the world’s greatest minds, Charles Darwin, whose groundbreaking ideas were formed right here in our county.

The winners will be announced in February 2018, kicking off the Shrewsbury Darwin Festival. The competition is open to all Salopians aged from 7 to 21, and entrants have to write a short piece on how their big idea would change the world, whether it’s connected to science, technology, health, happiness – in fact, anything they believe could make the world better.

There are three age categories for entry: 7-11 years (who can simply use a picture to bring their idea to life and/or up to 350 words); 12-17 years (up to 750 words and any diagrams or pictures); and lastly, 18-21 years (up to 1000 words), and the closing date is Thursday 30 November.

Robin Morris, chair of the fifth generation Morris business group, said, “Having been established in Shropshire since 1869, we’re keen to nurture and support the next generation of game changers within our county. We’re already working with UCS building student accommodation, so a competition to engage and ignite young minds is perfect for our next joint initiative.”

UCS Provost Professor Anna Sutton said, “With courses including Genetics and Evolution, everyone at UCS is honoured to be establishing a higher education institution in the birthplace of Darwin and to be launching this new opportunity to encourage young thinkers.” Full information can be found at and the competition is open to all Shropshire youngsters, even if they are educated outside the county.


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