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Partnerships

During Grand Challenges Week, students hear from a range of leading academics and external experts, who use their specialist knowledege and experience to inspire and educate the students during the week. A wide variety of individuals, local, national and international organisations have taken part in Grand Challenges since its inception. These are the experts that have participated as part of the current Challenge topics.

University of Exeter academics

Climate Change

Food for Thought

Food for Thought (Penryn)

Global Security

Mental Health

Brexit

External collaborators

All Challenges

Climate Change

Food for Thought

Food for Thought (Pernyn)

Global Security

Mental Health

Brexit

FabLab

FabLab, a community resource found in the heart of Exeter City Library, equipped students with the tools to use 3D printers, program a computer, print t-shirts and make anything they wished to (providing it was achievable within the timeframe). Students made the most of the equipment, with some groups making t-shirts as team branding, and others a ‘Brexit Cow’ to act as a centre-piece and raise awareness of their project.

Grand Challenge students in previous years were able to make items such as t-shirts, but this new partnership proved invaluable in allowing students to be more creative than ever before. Some students used it to supplement their project, while other groups used it to create a physical output. This resulted in the widest variety of outputs within the week.

FabLab have written about the week from their perspective. If you're interested, you can find the story on their website.

Exeter City Futures

Exeter City Futures, an organisation looking to make Exeter and the surrounding area sustainable for the future, posed the students with real-world problems within the Climate Change Challenge. This new enquiry group – entitled ‘The Sustainable Family’ – used data from the Energy Independence 2025 Report, and set the students the task of looking to see how a typical Exeter household could become energy independent by 2025.

This work couples with the ‘Analytical City’ that Exeter City Futures has been working on. This project gave young people the chance to ask big questions about the city and life people want, helping to create the necessary change to make the ideas happen.

Exeter City Futures is looking to make Exeter and the surrounding region sustainable for the future. Their goal is to make Exeter congestion free and energy independent by 2025. If you're interested in seeing their write-up of the week, you can find the story on their website.