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Grand Challenges Week 2018

Grand Challenges is a project week, in which you will work in interdisciplinary groups with other like-minded students to design innovative solutions to real world challenges. Top academics and invited speakers will share their views and help you apply your skills and knowledge to a real-life problem. You will further develop your transferable skills including team work, presentation skills and project planning. Follow this link to find out more about what Grand Challenges is. 


There are six Challenges taking place on our Streatham Campus in 2018.

Four of the Challenges have run in previous years.

Climate Change - Challenge information - View previous outputs

Food for Thought - Challenge information - View previous outputs

Global Security - Challenge information - View previous outputs

Mental Health - Challenge information - View previous outputs

Two of the Challenges are new for 2018!

Gender Inequality - Challenge information

Ocean Plastic - Challenge information


For any queries prior to Grand Challenges Week, please email

For any queries during Grand Challenges week, visit the Grand Challenges information point in the centre of the Forum Street, or contact us at or 01392 725957.

Completing your Challenge

Everyone who completes Grand Challenges will receive a digital certificate and have participation recorded on the HEAR section of their degree transcript (the HEAR records details of all your non course-related engagement during your time at University). To have your participation in Grand Challenges recognised, you need to complete the following:

You can submit your work and monitor your progress on your MyCareerZone workflow.

Other Information


Grand Challenges will run from 9am-5pm each day. 

Each Challenge has its own personalised timetable of events. Your personalised timetable for the week will be on iExeter prior to Grand Challenges Week.


09:00-10:45 – Presentations in your Challenge groups – session 1

10:45-11:00 – Break

11:00-12:30 – Presentations in your Challenge groups – session 2

12:30-13:30 – Lunch break, and a couple of students from each group go to the Forum to set up for the showcase

13:30-15:30 – Showcase of projects in the Forum:

This is a chance to showcase what you’ve done to other students, staff, members of the public and special guests, and to see what students on other Challenges have produced.

There will also be speeches from University VIPs, drinks, nibbles and a live music performance from Semi-Toned.

There are a series of open sessions running throughout the week that are designed to support you with the creation of your output. These sessions are optional – you can decide if you think any of these sessions will be useful for you and your group.

Grand Challenges Skills training sessions

There are some Grand Challenges Skills training sessions running as group training sessions during Grand Challenges Week, and some that you can access online at any time. 

Group Training sessions

Name of session Tuesday 5th June 08:30-10:30 Tuesday 5th June 10:30-12:30
Business pitching sign up here  
Online survey skills sign up here sign up here

How to launch a digital marketing campaign 

sign up here sign up here
Introduction to social entrepreneurship   sign up here

Online sessions

How to design an effective research poster:

How to conduct interviews:

Problem based learning:

Fab Lab

Fab Lab is a community resource in Exeter Central library which has equipment that can allow you to make a more creative output during Grand Challenges Week.

Fab Lab Introduction - Tuesday 5th June - 11:00-12:00 - sign up here

Fab Lab workshops will then take place on Wednesday 6th June and Thursday 7th June. There will be more information about these workshops closer to the time. 

Digital Exeter Conference masterclasses

These sessions will be running on Wednesday 6th June. Details will be posted closer to the time. 

Printing for the week is paid for by Grand Challenges. When using printers across campus, you will not be charged during the week.

Professional Printing at Print Services

This can be used for large format printing (anything over A3) and printing on non-paper.

Submit your request via the Print Services online portal.

24 hours’ notice is required for all requests so:

  • If you need something printing for the Friday morning presentations, this needs to be sent to Print Services by the end of Wednesday
  • If you need something printing for the Friday afternoon showcase, this needs to be sent to Print Services by 13:00 on Thursday.

When submitting your requests, please ensure that you do the following:

  • Make sure that ‘Grand Challenges’ is included in the job title
  • Select ‘gloss’ as the type of paper, unless you have a specific reason for wanting to print on something different.
  • Select ‘pay at store’ and in the ‘special instructions’ box, write the name of your challenge. The printing will then be paid for by Grand Challenges.
  • In the ‘special instructions’ box, put when you need the printing to be completed by (remembering that it needs to be at least 24 hours’ notice).

If you are unable to give 24 hours’ notice, please call Print Services to see if they can accommodate your request.

If you are planning to carry out a piece of research, interview or survey people, you need to make sure that this is within the ethical parameters set out for Grand Challenges, and that your facilitator or academic approves your idea before you carry it out. You should also also ensure that everyone who takes part in your research signs a consent form, and that the template consent form is appropriately edited for all group activities, by referring to the following guidance notes

If you are planning to photograph, video or audio record someone, then you need to make sure that they sign the additional photography and recording consent form.

We have a series of flip cameras and Dictaphones that are available to loan out throughout the week. You can loan these out from the Grand Challenges information desk in the centre of the Forum Street.

You can borrow a Forum netbook laptop from the library.

  • Netbooks only work properly when they are within the wireless range, i.e. on the University campus. Please do not take them out of range. They switch off automatically if they lose connection to the campus wifi, so don't take them off site!
  • The only software on netbook computers is Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer.

Final Cut X and Logic Pro X software are available in a multimedia room on campus. Please contact the Grand Challenges Team if you wish to use the room, and we can issue you with login details that you will need to use.

There are small funds available for students on each Challenge to purchase items for their outputs during the week. If a student wishes to purchase something, they need to:

  • Speak to their academic/facilitator who will need to authorise the purchase
  • Speak to the Grand Challenges team at the information point in the Forum Street. The purchase will either be made online or students will be given cash. Cash will be given to students in exchange for their reciept for what they have purchased. 

If you would like to continue working on your project, there are a number of initiatives available at the University that can support you in doing so. There are also other opportunities to enhance the skills you have developed during Grand Challenges Week and gain other relevant experiences. This document has details of all of these initatives. 

During Grand Challenges Week, please spread the word about the exciting things that you are getting up to, by posting photos, videos and updates on social media using the hashtag #GCExeter.

Grand Challenges Twitter page

Grand Challenges Facebook page