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Sustainable Development Goals

All of our Challenges topics link to the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

We are Winners!

The Grand Challenges team are the winners of a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence.

Grand Challenges 3-7 June 2024

Grand Challenges

Grand Challenges

Grand Challenges is a project week in which you work in interdisciplinary groups with other like-minded students to design innovative solutions to real world challenges. Top academics and invited speakers share their views and help you apply your skills and knowledge to a real-life problem.

You further develop your transferable skills including team work, presentation skills and project planning. Read more.

2024 Challenges

Future Food
Mental Health
Social Inequality
Tomorrow's World
Complex Global Security
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


Grand Challenges helps students to develop their sustainable thinking, self-awareness and experiential learning, in line with the GreenComp framework (The European sustainability competence framework).

Read more about this framework here. 

Showcase Video 2023

After presenting to their challenges in the morning, all 70 student groups across 5 challenges were given a space on Forum Street to showcase their outputs from the week.

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

Grand Challenges Week 2023 Montage Video

A collection of video clips from throughout Grand Challenges Week 2023 which saw students working on a variety of projects from podcasts to compost bins.