Grand Challenges showcase

Exeter Grand Challenges 2016 was a fast paced, innovative and exciting week for all involved! It focused on four themes on Streatham campus: Mental health, Global security, Climate change and Food for thought (sustainable food behaviours).

Taking place from the 6 - 10 June, students were immersed in a week long program of activities including lectures and workshops from the University and external experts including visitors from Europol, the BBC, Glasgow University, Waitrose, the NHS, Samaritans and a renowned concert pianist, among others!

Students spent the first half of the week mostly engaged in exploring their chosen challenge by listening to talks, taking part in seminar and workshop activities and some were lucky enough to see a private piano concert and talk on mental health, by James Rhodes. As their knowledge of their chosen challenge developed, students gathered in enquiry groups to discuss specific subtopics and begin to think of ways to tackle them. Solutions, or 'outputs', came in a multitude of types - from social media campaigns to viral videos, a 'monopoly' based board game to a working climate app. The week ended with students presenting their outputs at the Grand Challenges Showcase in the Forum, to a live acapella group and drinks reception. Check out the Showcase 2016 Flickr gallery at the bottom of the page!

A Grand Challenges event was also held during the same week in Penryn, where students could take it as either a module embedded in their degree, or as an extracurricular employability event. Focusing on a sustainable food behaviours theme, students visited the Eden Project, Royal Cornwall Show and Padstow lobster hatchery, listening to talks from experts, taking part in workshops and working in groups to tackle the issue and produce outputs. The week ended with a video screening of short films produced by the students, at the Maritime Museum.

Student videos can be found on the Penryn challenge page.

Flickr gallery from the Grand Challenges Showcase 2016