DEADLINE EXTENDED: 'What do you want from the next President of the United States of America?' 

On November 3 America voted to succeed President Donald Trump by former Vice-President Joe Biden.

President Trump's first term has undoubtedly changed America's relationship with the world. Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, heightening nuclear tensions in Asia, and increasing the nation's military engagement in Syria. 

The USA remains a global superpower and claims to be the 'leader of the Free World', its foreign policy and economy having huge global influence. Polls and pundits give us a snapshot of what American citizens want from their next President but the rest of world is barely consulted. Throughout the campaign both candidates have laid out their plans for America's future, with bold policies to tackle issues like poverty, health care, and education. 

With America's political leader having a major role in shaping the global political climate; we want to hear from you on what you want and what you expect from the next President of the USA?

We're asking students across the UK to create short videos on the topic of US Presidents. What characteristics does a President need? What policy initiatives do you want to see? and in the four years of a Presidential term, what do you think they could or should achieve in this time?

Last year's winning entry was submitted by Rosa and Lily, students from City of London School for Girls on the theme 'Our Climate Emergency: The Voice of the Next Generation'. Learn more about last year's competition here.

Submission Requirements

Submissions should be made by emailing your school name and list of team members by 12 noon on 12 February 2021. Only students between the ages of 16 and 18 currently enrolled in school or college are eligible. Entrants will then be sent a dropbox link to upload your video and the video release form. Please leave enough time to upload your video, as it needs to be submitted by the deadline above.

Submissions should adhere to the following standards:

  • Videos should be a maximum length of 4 minutes (excluding credits).

  • Please include end credits that cite all materials used and people involved with the making of the video.

  • Background music, sound effects, and stock footage should have a Creative Commons license (from CC-BY-NC-SA up to Public Domain) and be cited properly in the credits. A good place to start with royalty free music is YouTube’s Audio Library. For stock footage, Vimeo allows you to search by creative commons.

  • Audio quotes (i.e. from politicians or news broadcasts) can be used but comply with the concept of fair dealing and fair use. This typically means editing down to the length of time needed to make the point clear (typically less than 20 seconds).

  • Please get permission from all people in the video by using one of our release forms.


Click here to submit your entry by 12 noon Friday 12 February 2021. 



    All teams will be contacted the following week and short-listed teams will be invited to present their video to a panel of judges. This presentation day will either take place virtually or in person at Westminster Palace, depending on the latest covid-19 guidance. 

    Our competition is kindly sponsored by YouGov! 

    Page contact: Jamie Roberts (Development Officer: Teaching, Learning & Outreach)


    Competition Terms and Conditions

      1. By entering the competition, entrants agree to these terms and conditions. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in disqualification.
      2. Entries must be in English and submitted according to the description above. With a limit to one entry per student.
      3. The competition is open to students, currently at a UK School or College, aged between 16-18.
      4. Employees and immediate family members of employees of the Political Studies Association (PSA) or YouGov, professional advisers and promotional agencies or anyone else professionally associated with this competition are not eligible to enter.
      5. The competition commences on Friday 9th October 2020 (09:00) and closes on Friday 12th February 2021 (12:00).
      6. The Winner’s entry will be published on the PSA’s Youtube Channel and distributed by the PSA for promotional and marketing purposes.
      7. The judging panel's decisions are final, and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into.
      8. The Short-Listed teams will be contacted by email. The winner will be announce on the day of the judging panel. PSA will not be liable for any failure, delay or inability to contact the short-listed teams.
      9. The winner may be required to complete and return an eligibility form stating their age and residency details.
      10. There is no fee to enter the competition and no purchase is necessary to enter.
      11. No responsibility for late, incomplete, corrupt or lost entries will be accepted.
      12. The PSA and YouGov reserve the right to, at their absolute discretion, cancel, suspend, or vary the competition, or any part of it (including these Terms and Conditions), or vary the prize as required by the circumstances. PSA and YouGov reserve the right to disqualify any individual who has not complied with the letter or spirit of these Terms and Conditions. Any failure by PSA or YouGov to enforce any provision in these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
      13. Entrants warrant that their entries are not offensive, defamatory, libellous obscene, indecent, harassing or threatening or otherwise unlawful, and are unique, have not been plagiarised and do not infringe the intellectual property rights or any other rights of a third party. By entering the competition, entrants agree to hold PSA and YouGov harmless for any liability, damages or claims for injury or loss to any person or property, relating to, directly or indirectly, participation in this competition, or claims based on publicity rights, third party intellectual property rights, defamation or invasion of privacy.
      14. Entrants should credit external content and acknowledge creative rights if they are using content, visual or audio, from a third party within the video – these credits will not be included in the 4-minute limit of the competition entry.
      15. Entrants should seek written permission of those featured during the filming of their video by using this form – this includes team members featuring in the video. If the participant is under the age of 18 the form must be signed on their behalf by a parent, teacher or guardian who has the appropriate authority to do so.
      16. Entrants retain ownership over their entries. By submitting an entry, entrants grant the PSA a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive, sub-licensable, royalty-free licence to display, publish, transmit, copy, edit and use the entry in any media, in whole or in part, in any way they see fit.
      17. Exclusion of liability: the PSA and YouGov are not responsible for (i) any incorrect or inaccurate information used in connection with the competition; or (ii) failures or errors which may occur in the administration of the competition. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the PSA and YouGov exclude liability and entrants agree to release and hold harmless the PSA and YouGov for any damage, loss, liability or injury to person or property or for any claim arising as a result of your entry into the competition (save in the case of death or personal injury caused by the negligence of PSA or YouGov).
      18. Any personal data which may be submitted in an entry will be processed by PSA in accordance with any applicable data protection legislation and the PSA’s privacy statement (please see below).
      19. These terms and conditions and the competition will be governed by English law and any disputes arising shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
      20. The promoter is the Political Studies Association, Elizabeth Meehan Suite, Regent House, Pratt Mews, NW10AD  

    PSA Privacy Statement: Student Video Competition in partnership with the YouGov

    How we use your personal information

    The Political Studies Association (PSA) takes its duty to process your personal data very seriously. This policy explains how we collect, manage, use and protect your personal data. Our full policy, updated to reflect the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, can be found here.

    Who are we?

    The PSA is a charity registered in England and Wales (no. 1071825) at Elizabeth Meehan Suite, Regent House, Pratt Mews, Camden, NW10AD.

    What personal data do we collect?

    To enter this competition, you must provide us with some personal details including: your name, age, school email address, school, and the name and email address of your teacher. We will be very clear with you if we wish to collect further information, such as date of birth, and include our reason for collecting such information.

    Why do we need your personal data?

    The PSA only collects data for specific activities. For this competition we will use your data to assess your eligibility and administer the competition. Some of your personal data, will be used to publicise the winning entries. Entries which do not provide this information cannot be accepted.

    What do we do with your personal data?

    We will share your entry and some personal data with YouGov and our competition judges. These judges are selected by Political Studies Association. They require this data in order to review your entry. If we need to share your entries beyond these groups of people, we will anonymise your entry.

    We hold your information only as long as necessary for the purpose of completing the activity for which it was collated. If you decide not to support the PSA any more or request that we have no further contact with you, we will keep some basic information in order to avoid sending you unwanted materials in the future and to ensure that we don’t accidentally duplicate information.

    All individuals have the right to access personal information that is held about them. You can request a copy of any information that we hold about you. Please contact us if you wish to make such a request by emailing

    Your rights

    You have a number of rights under data protection laws. To find out more about those rights, to make a complaint, to request that we no longer use your data, please refer to our Privacy Policy.