Experts involved

During Grand Challenges Week, students hear from a range of leading academics and external experts, who use their specialist knowledge 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. This page has details of all themes that have run over the last four years. 

External collaborators

All Challenges

Climate Change

Food for Thought

Food for Thought (Penryn)

Gender Inequality

Global Security

  • Tania Martin (Head of the National Counter Terroism Security Office) 2019
  • Rob Wainwright (Director of Europol) 2016, 2017
  • Joelle Jenny (Weatherhead Visiting Scholar at Harvard; formerly Deputy Head, Conflict Humanitarian and Security Affairs Department (CHASE) at the UK Department for International Development; former Director for Security Policy and Conflict Prevention at the European External Action Service) 2018
  • Kevin Abraham (Director General of Army Reform and Honorary Colonel of the Tayforth Universities Training Crops) 2019
  • Sir Jon Day (Former Chief of Joint Intelligence Committee) 2016, 2017, 2018
  • David Bond (writing for policy expert) 2017, 2018
  • Steve Tatham (Practitioner of Strategic Communication and Influence) 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Dr Stephanie Blair (Scholar-practitioner who has worked with the UN and OSCE and other operations) 2016, 2017
  • Jonathan Marcus (BBC Diplomatic Correspondant) 2016
  • Lieutenant General James Rupert Everard CBE (Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff) 2014
  • Steve Bowns (Technology Futures) 2014, 2017
  • Professor Yuen Fong Khong (Professor in Political Science, Harvard) 2013
  • Robert Fox (Defence correspondence Evening Standard) 2013
  • Bob Ainsworth (Former Secretary of State for Defence) 2013
  • Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrat Politican) 2013
  • Nik Gowing (BBC journalist) 2013

Mental Health

Ocean Plastic

Brexit

University of Exeter academics and other staff

Climate Change

Food for Thought

Food for Thought (Penryn)

Gender Inequality

Global Security

Mental Health

Ocean Plastic

Brexit

FabLab

FabLab, a community resource found in the heart of Exeter City Library, equips students with the tools to produce more creative outputs. Students can have T-shirts printed, use 3D printers, laser cutters, digital embroiders, and a range of other exciting machines to make anything at all.  In previous years, students have made the most of the equipment, with outputs including games, jigsaws, keyrings, a 'Brexit' cow and several groups making t-shirts as team branding.

FabLab have written about Grand Challenges 2017 from their perspective. If you're interested, you can find the story on their website.