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Global Leaders Experience-Immersive Trails Digital Heritage 2023

About the Programme 

11.4 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals aims to strengthen efforts to safeguard and protect the world’s cultural and natural heritage. To achieve this, it is important to sensitize and involve the local communities. One way of doing this is through gamification  

In this Global Leaders Experience, Immersive Trails offers you the opportunity to not only study their local heritage, but also create real-world, long-term outreach initiatives in the form of heritage scavenger hunts  

You will get the opportunity to work with a global cohort online over a period of two working weeks. The cohort will be broken up into groups containing students from Exeter University and from Kolkata, India to explore certain themes that demonstrate the interconnectedness of global history.   

Each group of students will come up with riddles or questions about historical trivia that relate to the local contexts and to the theme they are assigned. The best of these heritage scavenger hunts will be incorporated into the Immersive Trails Wnder App as free-to-use heritage outreach activities in Exeter and in Kolkata, India  


When will the programme Take place?  

This programme will run from 24th July - 4th August 2023 

This Global Leaders Programme will be hosted virtually by Immersive Trails, with activity based in Exeter. Please make sure that you have a working webcam, headphone and microphone. Because of the nature of the work, students are expected to be based either at Exeter or in Kolkata, India for the duration of the programmeIf you are not going to be based in Exeter, you are still welcome to apply however this may cut down on your involvement in the project aspect of the programme.  


About Immersive Trails 

Immersive Trails is a social enterprise in Kolkata, India, that is dedicated to creating greater awareness of the city's heritage for locals and visitors alike by curating immersive experiences based on in-depth academic research. It was founded in 2017 by Tathagata Neogi, an Exeter PhD in Archaeology, and his wife Chelsea McGill, who has a background in Linguistic Anthropology. Immersive Trails team of experts offers experiences as varied as walking tours, family history trails, and community-focused capacity building workshops. 


Eligibility Criteria 

  • You will be enrolled as an undergraduate or taught masters student at the time of the programme. This programme is open to UK domicile and international students 
  • This programme is open to final year students but please note you must be able to complete all programme commitments in full.
  • Not currently on a placement year or study abroad. 
  • We are particularly welcoming applications from students who meet one or more of the Widening Participation Criteria, and these will be prioritised. However, if you do not meet these you are still welcome to apply and will be accepted dependant on places. 



There is no programme fee for successful applicants to this programme 


How do I apply? 

Applications for the programme can be made HERE.  

The deadline to apply is 12th July 2023 at midnight.  


Further information 

If you have any further questions, please feel free to email the team at