Now in its fifth year, Policy Idol is an annual competition open to all current students and staff at King’s. Participants get the opportunity to present world-changing policy ideas to a panel of leading figures from the worlds of politics, academia and industry. This year’s final took place on Tuesday 26th February in the Great Hall at Kings.
Hosted by Mark Easton, Home Editor of BBC News, the expert panel of judges included Dame Louise Casey, Chair of the Institute of Global Homelessness, Bobby Duffy, Director of the Policy Institute, Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government, Trevor Phillips, former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Lord David Willetts, Chair of the Resolution Foundation, and former Minister for Universities and Science.
Alongside the overall winner, standout performances picked up runner up prizes, including Ratidzo Chinyuku who won pitch with the most substance for her proposal to scrap Home Office fees for child dependents. Robert Adderley presenting a policy to install telematics in cars won pitch with the most style. The audience also got to select their favourite, choosing a renewable community energy project pitched by Florian Eblenkamp, Aura Rivera and Matias Vergara-Herrera.