'Set out below are the terms and conditions which relate to the "Shine!” competition. These are important since they tell you everything you need to know about the competition and what will be expected of you.'
1. The competition starts on 27 October 2010 and finishes on 19 January 2011. We cannot accept any entries which reach us after that date. It is your responsibility to ensure that these deadlines are met, and we cannot be responsible if, for any reason, an entry fails to reach us on time.
2. All entrants must be over the age of 15 by 19 January 2011.
3. Awards will be given on the basis of criterion set by the British Council. Judging will take place in February 2011 and you will be notified within 14 days of the final judging if you are a winner. We will contact you on the telephone number which you have provided on this entry form.
4. The names of the regional winners and runners-up will be posted on the www.education.uk/shine website in mid March.
5. Please note that the prize on offer is £2,000 to the overall International Student of the Year 2011 and £1,000 to the 11 other regional winners. The 24 runners-up will each receive £100.
6. You should also be aware that the prize which is offered cannot be transferred to anyone else, and that it cannot be exchanged by you for anything else.
7. We expect that all regional winners will attend the final judging and Awards ceremony in April 2011 in London.
8. If for any reason it becomes impossible for you attend the judging or the ceremony, you must inform us immediately you become aware of this so that we can make alternative arrangements.
9. If you are a regional winner or short-listed entrant you may be asked to take part in promotional activity on behalf of the British Council. By taking part in the competition you are giving us your consent to contact you for these purposes.
10. When you fill in the entry form, you will be providing us with your contact information. We may use these contact detail in order to contact you in the future with information about other promotions or offers. We will only contact you by email if you tell us you would like us to reach you this way. We will also reach you through the post, and if you do not want us to contact you like this, just let us know.
11. You may only submit one entry - students who submit more than one entry will be disqualified.
12. You don’t need to specify a region when submitting entries – this will be done automatically by postcode when entries are submitted by email.
13. Entries must be students’ own work.
14. No additional supporting material is required and - if received - will not be returned.
15. Any institution that has a shortlisted candidate will be required to check that the student meets the eligibility requirements and confirm that they are happy for the student to progress to the final judging stage.
16. Boarding school students will be asked to provide the name of a staff contact on their entry form. The British Council will liaise closely with schools to ensure that relevant contacts are aware of student entries.
17. The judges’ decisions are final.
18. Current data protection legislation will be fully adhered to.
19. The International Student Awards are not open to members of the British Council or their families, expatriate UK citizens and their children, including dependents of the British Armed Forces.
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