Get involved
How do I get involved?

You will be able to sign-up for Grand Challenges via our website from 15th January 2018. Click 'Get involved' at the top of the page to register your interest before then. 

What is Grand Challenges?
Student views of Grand Challenges
Challenge Topics

The Challenges for 2018 are:

Climate Change
Food for Thought
Global Security
Mental Health

What is Grand Challenges?

Grand Challenges 2018 will run 4th-8th June 2018

Grand Challenges is an interdisciplinary, enquiry led learning experience which improves your employability. During Grand Challenges Week you choose from a range of global issues and, supported by leading academics and external specialists, you carry out a group project in order to create a solution to your challenge. 

What do I get?

An innovative University led introduction to a topic outside of your degree

Grand Challenges provides you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in something completely different and broadens your knowledge of a topic you would like to learn more about. It stretches your imagination without any potential for negative consequences.

The opportunity to develop a wide range of transferable skills

Grand Challenges gives you a platform to develop a wide range of transferable skills, which will increase your confidence and enhance your employability prospects.  You will have the opportunity to develop skills in many areas including teamwork, communication, public speaking, interdisciplinary working and time management.

The potential to make a real world impact

Grand Challenges allows you to work with other students who are passionate about the same issues to try to make a difference. You have the freedom to carry out a project at a level where you are able to make a real world impact. The University encourages this by supporting you to continue your projects following Grand Challenges Week.  

What will I do?

Carry out a group project

The main purpose of the week is to carry out a student-led group project which addresses an aspect of your Challenge. In your interdisciplinary group, you’ll define a problem that you’d like to address and come up with an idea for tackling the problem. Due to the flexibility of the programme, you can choose to focus on the issues and questions that you are most passionate about. You’ll be supported in this process by postgraduate facilitators.

As part of your project, you will produce one or more outputs to display your work. Examples of previous outputs are a poster, a video, a campaign, a website, a blog, a report, a ministerial submission, the prototype or design for an app, a game, an educational programme, and a proposal document. Each of the Challenge pages show examples of what students produced in 2017.

Hear from inspirational experts

There will be a series of timetabled lectures for each Challenge, led by academics and external experts at the forefront of their field. These are designed to educate and inspire the project you’re carrying out during the week. Visit the partnerships page for a list of individuals and organisations who have previously been involved with Grand Challenges. You may also have the opportunity to take part in interactive workshops or events which will further enrich your experience.

Present your work

On Friday morning, you will deliver a presentation to academic experts and other students on your Challenge. On Friday afternoon, you will exhibit your work at a showcase in the Forum, attended by all Grand Challenges students, University staff and members of the public.