CREST Discovery and Bronze are switching services – here’s what you need to know

CREST Discovery and Bronze are switching services – here’s what you need to know

CREST Discovery and Bronze levels will be accessible at apply.crestawards.org from the 7 December 2021.

The previous platform for Discovery and Bronze, my.crestawards.org, will be available for downloading previously submitted project work until the 15 December 2021.


In mid-December this year, we will be transitioning from the MyCREST submission platform for Discovery and Bronze levels to the same platform as Star, Superstar, Silver and Gold levels. We will make this transition because the MyCREST operator is switching off the platform indefinitely. 

The new system - Survey Monkey Apply - is almost identical to the current one, meaning pre-existing users will be able to simply log in on the new platform with the same details. 


What does this mean for my/my students' data?

The Survey Monkey Apply (the new CREST platform) is owned by Survey Monkey. Survey Monkey will handle your data and will be the new data processor. You can view Survey Monkey's privacy policy here. The British Science Association remains the data controller for the CREST Awards. View our privacy policy here.


What this means for your CREST Award account

If you had an account on MyCREST (the old Discovery and Bronze system), you will be able to log in using the same email address on the new platform. You will need to reset your password when you try to initially log in.

If you already have an account on Survey Monkey Apply for Star, SuperStar, Silver and Gold Awards, then this will be your account for all submissions going forward. You will not have two accounts.

You can opt out of having your account transferred by filling in this form by the 1 December 2021.

What this means if you had a Discovery or Bronze project that was not yet complete

If you have any projects that are not yet submitted or paid for, please finish and pay for them before 1 December 2021. Any project that hasn't been submitted or paid for by this date will need to be re-created in the new platform. 


What this means if you had a previously completed project on the system

If you had a project that was completed on the old system you will not be able to see it in your account on the new platform. However, the CREST team keep a record of all students who have achieved a CREST Award, in line with our retention period. As long as the Award was completed within our retention period, we will have a record of all students who have achieved an Award.

If you want to download copies of your previously uploaded project work, please do this before 16 December 2021. To download your work, log into your MyCREST account, go to the project and click 'Download project work' under Project work.

 

What are the changes on the new system?

While the new system follows the similar process in submitting for Discovery or Bronze Awards, there are minor changes to note:

1. You can order for Discovery Award certificates in advance of a Discovery project's completion.

2. Discovery and Bronze Award certificates can be ordered blank (without student names).


Discounts and voucher codes 

Since the new system is very similar to the old one, you can still use active voucher codes.

For more information, please contact crest@britishscienceassociation.org



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