Grand Challenges will be replaced by the 'Challenges Online' programme for 2020

COVID-19 update

Due to COVID-19, Grand Challenges will not be able to go ahead in its usual face to face format. Instead, we will be launching an online programme similar to Grand Challenges called ‘Challenges Online’. The concept will be similar: you will work with others on a collaborative project online, with support from academics and facilitators. The programme will run during June and the exact dates and themes will be confirmed in due course. The programme will be available to all undergraduate students, including those that had previously not signed up to Grand Challenges. More details will follow in the coming weeks.


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Benefits of Grand Challenges

Grand Challenges gives you the opportunity to meet like-minded people and develop a wide range of transferable skills including teamwork and public speaking. You also gain a broader understanding of global challenges, and have the potential to make a real world impact.

Benefits of Grand Challenges

Experts involved

In 2019, we welcomed

  • NHS mental health leads for the South West
  • A senior BBC reporter
  • Experts from the Met Office
  • The Head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office

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Student testimonials

"The skills I have taken away from Grand Challenges are at the top of my CV"

"Our work from Grand Challenges is leading to changes being made at the University"

"I met so many new people and we quickly became friends through working together"

Read testimonials from previous students