Frequently asked questions
Below are the answers to some questions we are asked regularly.
How do I obtain an application from?
Complete this form
to download the application.
Can I participate if I have formal business qualifications?
No, YES is designed for researchers with no prior business training (eg formal credit bearing business qualification such as a MBA).
Does YES encourage individuals from all backgrounds to participate?
Yes, we are committed to eliminating unjustified discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity and good relations across and between equality groups. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and do not discriminate on the grounds of gender, disability, age, race/ethnicity, religion or philosophical belief or sexual orientation.
If I have a disability would I be able to participate in YES?
Yes, the competition is open to all individuals, including those with disabilities. If you have a disability, please let us know if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to enable your participation at the workshops.
Is the competition open to all researchers?
The competition is open to all researchers except for those who have an undergraduate or postgraduate business degree.
Can I participate in YES if I have already participated before?
No, individuals cannot take part if they have already participated in Biomedical YES, Bioscience YES, Biotechnology YES, Chemistry YES, Digital YES, Energy YES, Engineering YES, Environment YES or Sustainability YES.
Is there a limit to the number of teams that can enter from one university?
No, there is no limit to the number of teams that can enter from one university. Teams are allocated places on a first come first served basis.
Can I participate if I am a Masters student?
Yes, if you are registered as a postgraduate at a UK university up until 31 December 2018.
Is there an age limit?
No, although it should be noted that YES is aimed at individuals who are in the early stages of their research career, for example PhD students or those working on their first or second post-doctoral research appointment.
Is YES open to members of universities in other countries?
Yes, subject to space we welcome participants from other countries, however they will have to cover their own travel costs.