The Heywood Foundation Public Policy Prize

Heywood Prize submission phase ended

Judges are now at work going through the hundreds of entries we have. We are going to announce the winners by the end of June. Please keep an eye on the page for details.

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The Heywood Prize

The Heywood Prize was created by the Heywood Foundation. Jeremy Heywood served many Prime Ministers, and was the Cabinet Secretary UK’s most senior Civil Servant – until 2018. Jeremy was extremely open to new ideas, and sought out alternative perspectives. He was more interested in the quality of an idea than the rank or seniority of the person who proposed it. He would make a point of getting out of Whitehall to spend time in ‘frontline’ settings, from job centres to charities, to seek out innovations and unusual perspectives. The Heywood Prize continues that spirit of inclusivity and innovation.

The 2022/2023 Prize

‘What do you think the government should do to improve life in the UK?’

Maybe you have an idea for how to reduce inflation, possibly you’ve thought of a brilliant way to encourage sustainable living, or it could be that you’ve thought of an idea to ensure equal access to higher education for school leavers; you might even have thoughts on how to decrease bureaucracy in the civil service – whatever your idea may be, and regardless of its complexity, we want to hear about it.

Our question is very broad but given how far reaching the government’s input can be, this is your opportunity for you to tell us how the government could make life better for you, your family, your community or the population as a whole. Your answer might capture a simple policy detail or it could describe a big change in how we could live – or are living – our lives.

Credit will be given for the originality, practicality, and impact of ideas. Perhaps even more importantly, the winning submissions will be put on the desks of policymakers within the government, will attract wider debate, and perhaps will be enacted to make our world a better place.

Our winning prize from 2021 – creating an NHS Reserve Force – is in the process of being implemented by government, as is our prize winning entry supporting disabled graduates.


This year, like before, the competition is open to all ages, but we are particularly encouraging ideas from groups (schools, youth groups, community groups) and from younger competitors. We are therefore offering a dedicated set of prizes for entries from those under 21

Further questions

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The small print…

Entries may be submitted from 00:01, Wednesday 7th September
2022 until 23:59, Tuesday 28th February 2023.

Acceptable formats are:
• Text (up top 1500 words)
• Uploaded video (maximum of 3 minutes)
• Uploaded audio (maximum of 3 minutes)
• Images (maximum of 3) *may be submitted with text

Prize breakdown:

Main prize
• Top prize: £25,000
• Second prize: £10,000
• Third prize: £5,000
• 15 x runner-ups: £1,000 each

Youth prize (21 and under)
• Top prize: £5,000
• 10 x runner-ups: £500 each
*** Youth entries will all be entered into both the main prize and the youth prize.


Submissions will be processed by the judging panel. At no point will any personal information be released unless selected for a prize, in which case the winners’ names will be published with their consent. The Heywood Foundation reserves the right to use and anonymously publish entries for the purpose of stimulating further thought and discussion about challenges or opportunities that the current situation may present.