As part of the programme of activities to engage young people and raise political awareness, the PSA runs an annual short film competition open to all students. This year the competition will be open to young people studying in the 2015-16 academic year. The deadline for entries is Friday 16th October and full details can be found here:

The focus of the film this year will be: "Designing for Democracy - what would you propose?" the students that take part will be asked to outline what they would suggest if they could design a democratic system from scratch.

Jon Cruddas MP said: "This is a great opportunity for young people in Dagenham and Rainham – I'd encourage all local A-Level students to take part in this competition. The political landscape in the UK is changing quite dramatically at the moment and it is important that young people are encouraged to be a part of it. Good luck to all those taking part in the competition."

Shortlisted groups will get to present their videos at The Speaker's House in the Palace of Westminster. They will also get the opportunity to discuss the ideas raised in their videos with a panel of politicians, journalists and academics.

The winners of the competition will receive their award on 1st December in London and the event will be broadcast on BBC Parliament. The winning students will also be invited to spend a week volunteering with the YouGov political team during the school holidays.

Full details of the competition and the PSA can be found via their website: