07 May 2020

Stay-at-home plaque design competition launched for Dundee school pupils

Stay-at-home plaque design competition launched for Dundee school pupils

Abertay archivist Ruaraidh Wishart

ABOVE: Archivist Ruaraidh Wishart

Secondary school pupils in Dundee are being challenged to design the plaque that will be awarded to the winner of Abertay University’s First of the Firsts vote, to find the institute’s top change-maker.

The launch of the world’s first Ethical Hacking degree won the tightly-fought poll, picking up 22% of the 600 votes cast.

Now, as people across the country are urged to stay at home, Dundee secondary school pupils have the opportunity to design the real-life prize that will be handed to the winner.

The deadline for entries is June 5th 2020, and designs can be hand drawn or computer generated.

The winning design – which will be made into a plaque and displayed in the Abertay reception at a later date – will be selected by a panel consisting of Abertay 25 project team members, and members of the ethical hacking community.

ABOVE: Abertay launched its Ethical Hacking degree in 2006

Abertay launched its Ethical Hacking degree in 2006, and the course has gone on to become internationally renowned.

Graduates are in high demand and several have gone on to work for GCHQ, the Government Communications Headquarters.

Students from the course also launched Securitay, Europe’s largest student-run information security conference.

"We’re much looking forward to seeing what kind of designs pupils come up with.” - Ruaraidh Wishart, Abertay Archivist

Abertay archivist Ruaraidh Wishart said: “We hope that this competition will help occupy pupils as they stay at home. It will give them the chance to design something that will be turned into a real-life plaque, which is quite exciting.

“I’m absolutely delighted at the response we’ve had to the First of the Firsts vote, and I would like to thank everyone who participated in the initial poll. Even though the competition is for Ethical Hacking designs, we’d also love to see people’s ideas for plaques of the other 25 stories in the First of the First poll, so please send these in too. We’re all excited about this next step, and are very much looking forward to seeing what kind of designs pupils come up with.”

Competitive entrants to the competition must attend a Dundee secondary school, and only one entry is valid per person.

The winning design will be announced on June 19th.

As well as having their design turned into a real-life plaque, the winner will receive a £20 Amazon voucher.

Abertay’s First of the Firsts is part of Abertay 25: Dundee’s Change-makers – Our Contribution to Technology and Industry, a two-year project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

For more information about studying Ethical Hacking at Abertay, visit: https://www.abertay.ac.uk/course-search/undergraduate/ethical-hacking/

Full information and guidance for entering is available at https://www.abertay.ac.uk/about/the-university/archive/plaque-design-competition/

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