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Design the new Anne Lister College shield

Posted on 28 February 2021

A unique competition to create a new part of York’s history.

The brand new Anne Lister College on Campus East is scheduled to open in September 2021. All of our existing colleges have their own unique identity, including the college shield and colours. 

That’s where we need your help

Design the new Anne Lister College shield

Take part in a competition to design the new Anne Lister College shield 

The shield and its associated colourway is an integral part of a college identity and is something that lives on within the college. 

You don’t have to be a budding graphic designer- submit draft ideas or a completed design. 

About Anne Lister 

We cannot wait to see how you interpret Anne Lister College in your thoughts and design ideas. Anne had deep connections with York and a passionate commitment to the pursuit of knowledge. She had a determination to pursue her life as she saw fit at a time when women had few rights and she overcame many obstacles to equality of opportunity. The new college is very special to the University of York and we hope to find an equally special shield to represent it. 

Design advice

  • Colourways must be simple and a flat colour. Limit your design to three colours max.
  • Remember the design must be accessible. This is something that the in-house graphics team will work through but bear it in mind. 
  • Consider the fact that the shield will be reproduced over time in black and white.
  • Our graphics team may need to make some small adjustments to your design, but will work with you to keep it as true to the original as possible.  


The competition is only open to current students.

How to submit a design idea

Simply upload your idea / design / draft / concept as a jpg, pdf or vector and let us know about any extra inspiration or detail in the space provided.

Submission deadline: Friday 23 April 2021

Submit your idea or design 

Next steps

  • The deadline for submissions is Friday 23rd April
  • A small working group (including college staff) will review all of the entries
  • We hope to be able to announce the winning concept by the end of May 2021
  • The winner will then have the opportunity to work with our in-house graphics team to work their idea into a final design and will win a package of college merchandise featuring their very own design