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Cup Design Competition – Bath Spa University

Our hedgehog-themed competition will see the winning design printed on reusable cups across campus!

The results are in – congratulations to our contest winner, Ella Smith!

Ella's design will be printed on Huskups and sold in our catering outlets to raise money for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. Keep an eye out for the cups which will be available in 2023.

A special mention goes to the runners-up, Vi Nelson and Sarah Reece. Thank you to everyone who took part and to all who voted!

A design template for a coffee cup showing hedgehogs with coffee beans for spines

What are Huskups?

Huskups are reusable cups made using rice husks which were discarded as a waste product from the rice industry. The cups are biodegradable and contain zero plastic (excluding the lid and band). They are a key step in helping the University achieve our aim to stop our use of single use plastic.

We're a Hedgehog Friendly Campus

While hedgehogs are adorable and unique, their numbers in the UK are falling at a startling rate. They face a host of threats in our modern world and are desperately in need of safe spaces in which to roam. We're currently a Silver Award level Hedgehog Friendly Campus, which means we're working hard to ensure our campus is a good home for hedgehogs.

We're now aiming for the Gold Award, and this design contest and the donations from sales of the winning cup will form part of our application.

Read more about how universities are helping hedgehogs on the Hog Friendly Campus website.

Hedgehog Friendly Campus Silver Award 2021/22

About the contest

Design tips from Huskup

Patterns and colours

  • Some of the best designs work with the natural medium and use the rice husk colouring as a backdrop, rather than completely covering it up. The medium acts like a visual eco-trigger to tell people that something good is going on here – it's not plastic!
  • Wallpaper/patterns work well, as do images that run around the lower half of the cup – remember that when in use, the cups will have a 25mm wide heat band covering part of the cup.
  • For the best appearance, avoid very fine tints and photographic imagery.
  • Try to avoid joining detailed artwork across the vertical edge overlapping area.


  • The slight curve of the cup means you'll need to warp any text if you want it to appear straight. An arc warp of around 4 or 5% will work for this.
  • All type should be outlined.


  • Preferred formats: Adobe Illustrator .ai vector file/PDF. We can also work with JPEG, TIFF  and Photoshopped files saved to CMYK. 300dpi.
  • We don't print Pantone – please match any Pantone colours to the nearest CMYK colour reference.
  • We don't print shiny, metallic, neon or fluorescent colours.

For some inspiration, check the Huskup Instagram.


A maximum of six designs will be shortlisted by the Hedgehog Friendly Campus working group, then shared for a public vote via newsletters and social media outlets.

Please note:

  • Anyone who's submitted a design won't be on the shortlist panel.
  • Designs will be shortlisted anonymously to prevent bias.
  • One winner will have their design printed on Huskups that will be available to buy at Bath Spa University campuses.
  • The winner and two runners-up will receive £25 Amazon gift vouchers.
Competition timeline
  • 9 November 2022: Contest opens
  • 30 November: Contest closes at 23:59
  • 5 December: Shortlisting panel vote
  • 5 - 11 December: Live voting takes place
  • 13 December: Winner announced
Terms and conditions

1. The Promoter

The promoter is Bath Spa University (“BSU”), an exempt charity and higher education corporation of Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath BA2 9BN.

2. The Competition

2.1 The title of the competition is “REUSABLE CUP DESIGN COMPETITION”.

2.2 Entrants to the competition are invited to submit a reusable cup design on the theme of “BRITISH HEDGEHOGS”. The winning design, as chosen by public vote from the shortlisted designs, will be printed on reusable cups to be sold at Bath Spa University campus catering outlets (with a proportion of the sale price being donated to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society).

3. How to enter

3.1 The competition will run from 9 November 2022 (the "Opening Date") to 30 November 2022 (the "Closing Date") inclusive.

3.2 All competition entries must be received by BSU by no later than 23:59 on the Closing Date. All competition entries received after the Closing Date are automatically disqualified.

3.3 To enter the competition, you must:

(a) Download the design template from this webpage and use the template to create and complete your reusable cup design, focusing on the theme of British Hedgehogs; and
(b) Submit the online entry form provided via the submission form by the closing date. All mandatory sections of the form must be completed (including the section for your current Bath Spa University email address), and you must upload along with the form a digital file containing your design on the theme of British Hedgehogs.

3.4 Guidelines and tips regarding designs (including colours, text and shape of the reusable cups) and digital file formats can be found on this webpage.

3.5 BSU will not accept:

(a) responsibility for competition entries that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit, regardless of cause, including, for example, as a result of equipment failure, technical malfunction, systems, satellite, network, server, computer hardware or software failure of any kind; or

(b) proof of transmission as proof of receipt of entry to the competition; or

(c) any competition entries that:

(i) are submitted without using the competition template (which can be downloaded from this webpage);
(ii) are automatically generated by computer;
(iii) are completed by third parties or in bulk;
(iv) are illegible, have been altered, reconstructed, forged or tampered with;
(v) are not original designs;
(vi) incorporate any material that belongs to a third party, such as registered trade marks or copyright material;
(vii) incorporate any material that is defamatory, obscene or which may cause offence;
(viii) are submitted without using the competition template;
(ix) are incomplete (including any entries which are submitted without a current Bath Spa University email address, or a digital file of the competition design).

3.6 By submitting a competition entry, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions.

3.7 For help with entries, please contact 

3.8 Please see our website for a copy of these competition terms and conditions.

3.9 If there are more than six valid competition entries, a shortlisting panel will select six entries for a public vote. The decision of the shortlisting panel will be final. If there are less than six valid competition entries, all valid entries will be shortlisted for the public vote.

3.10 The shortlisted entries will be uploaded to our website and the public will be able to view all shortlisted designs and vote for their favourite design between 5 December 2022 and 11 December 2022.

4. Eligibility

4.1 The competition is only open to registered students of Bath Spa University as at 9 November 2022, excluding any Bath Spa University student who is also a member of the competition shortlisting panel.

4.2 In entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize you may win. BSU may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the competition, and you will be required to provide your current Bath Spa University email address when you enter the competition.

4.3 There is a limit of one entry per person. Joint submissions are not allowed.

4.4 Competition entries cannot be returned.

5. The prize

5.1 The prizes are:

(a) Winning design (the shortlisted design entry which receives the greatest number of public votes validly submitted during the Voting Period) will be printed on 1,000 reusable cups and sold at Bath Spa University campus catering outlets (with a proportion of the sale price being donated to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society) AND the winner will receive a £25 Amazon Voucher;

(b) 2 x runner up prizes (the shortlisted design entries placed second and third in the public vote during the Voting Period): each runner up receives a £25 Amazon voucher.

5.2 BSU reserves the right to substitute the voucher prizes with a prize of equal or greater value.

5.3 The prizes are not negotiable or transferable.

6. Winner and Runners Up

6.1 The decision of the shortlisting panel is final, and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into regarding the shortlisting decision. BSU will not enter into any correspondence or discussion regarding the public vote.

6.2 BSU will contact the winner personally as soon as practicable after the Announcement Date, using the Bath Spa University email address provided on the competition entry form. BSU will make the arrangements for the winning design to be printed on the reusable cups and sold at Bath Spa University catering outlets. BSU will be responsible for remitting the relevant funds raised via the sale of the winning design reusable cups to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

6.3 Voucher prizes will be emailed to each of the winner and runners up at the Bath Spa University email address provided on the competition entry form.

6.4 BSU must either publish or make available information that indicates that a valid award took place in connection with the competition. To comply with this obligation BSU will publish the names of the prize winners and their winning entries on the Bath Spa website on 13 December 2022 (Announcement Date).

6.5 If you object to your name and winning entry being published or made available, please contact BSU at In such circumstances, the Promoter must still provide the information and winning entry to the Advertising Standards Authority on request.

7. Limitation of liability

Insofar as is permitted by law, BSU, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner/runners up or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of BSU, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.

8. Ownership of competition entries and intellectual property rights

8.1 BSU does not claim any rights of ownership in your competition entry.

8.2 By submitting your competition entry and any accompanying material:

(a) You agree to grant BSU a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable licence (with the right to grant sub-licences), for the full period of any intellectual property rights in your competition entry design and any accompanying materials, to use, display, publish, print (including onto reusable cups), transmit, copy, edit, alter, store, and re-format your competition entry design and any accompanying materials for any purpose connected to the competition and/or the sale of any reusable cups that may feature your competition design; and

(b) You agree that BSU may, but is not required to, make your competition entry available on its website and any other media (including social media), whether now known or invented in the future, and in connection with any publicity of the competition.

9. Data protection and publicity

9.1 BSU will process the personal information you submit in connection with the competition as set out in the Privacy Notice below. See also condition 6, with regard to the announcement of the winner and runners up.

Privacy notice

Your name and Bath Spa email address will be collected by Bath Spa University's Sustainability Team for the purpose of contacting you regarding the winning entry. These details will only be processed with your consent. You can choose to withdraw your consent at any time by contacting the Sustainability Team at However, we will be unable to process your application further if you do not provide this information or if you subsequently withdraw this consent.

Your name and design will be shared on social media and in our internal communications should your design be selected for the second phase of voting (public vote) by the Shortlisting Panel. Your name will also be shared in the promotion of the final product should your design be chosen for printing. This promotion will appear on social media and in printed form at the point of the cup's sale. Your details will not be shared onward or used for any purposes other than those outlined above

Following the announcement of the winner and runners-up, your personal data will be removed from our records

If you have any questions, or would like to withdraw your application, or have any complaints please email the Sustainability Team at

Find further information on how Bath Spa University uses your personal data.

10. General

10.1 If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these terms and conditions, BSU may, at its sole discretion, exclude you from participating in the competition.

10.2 BSU reserves the right to hold void, suspend, cancel, or amend the prize competition where it becomes necessary to do so.

10.3 These terms and conditions shall be governed by English law, and the parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

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