Students across the UK have just days to be in with a chance of winning a debt-free degree worth over £27,000, as the deadline for Birmingham’s Millennium Point Young Innovator Prize fast approaches.

Entries for the competition close on Monday 6th February, with the prize-winner going on to study at Birmingham City University (BCU) in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

To enter, applicants or their teachers must first register their interest by visiting Millennium Point’s dedicated Young Innovator Prize website. The hopeful candidates will then be asked to submit a one-minute video introducing themselves and what the prize would mean to them. Successfully shortlisted applicants will be asked to deliver a five-minute presentation in a live final which will take place in March 2017.

Now in its third year, the prize was conceived by Millennium Point Trust in 2015, and is delivered in partnership with BCU. The prize is designed to promote inclusivity, encourage diversity of thought and opinion across the S.T.E.M agenda, and ensure that everybody has the chance to have a great future, regardless of their background, financial circumstances or other barriers.

Abigail Lavercombe, winner of Young Innovator Prize 2016, said: “Winning the Young Innovator Prize has changed my life completely. I have been able to pursue my passion for engineering at Birmingham City University and I am really enjoying it so far. Taking part in the Young Innovator Prize really built my confidence and pushed me to follow my dreams.”

Judith Armstrong, CEO of Millennium Point, said: “The Young Innovator Prize truly is a unique, life-changing opportunity. Regardless of background, this prize gives students the chance to continue into further education in an amazing city for young people.

“BCU offers incredible S.T.E.M courses and we’re proud to have them as a partner. Along with backing from Millennium Point, we know our prize-winners receive the highest level of teaching, advice and support from the university’s vastly experienced tutors. For anyone looking to study S.T.E.M, they should see this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a chance to kick-start their career.”

Anybody interested in applying can also get in touch via Twitter using the handle @MP_YIP. Full details of the prize are available here.