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Global Leaders Programme - Urban Natural Heritage (Immersive Trails)

Global Leaders Programme - Immersive Trails

Urban Natural Heritage

According to UNESCO, “Natural heritage refers to natural features, geological and physiographical formations and delineated areas that constitute the habitat of threatened species of animals and plants and natural sites of value from the point of view of science, conservation or natural beauty. It includes private and publicly protected natural areas, zoos, aquaria and botanical gardens, natural habitat, marine ecosystems, sanctuaries, reservoirs etc.”

We’re living increasingly urbanised lives behind the walls that define our built heritage. The industrial revolution accelerated the pace at which we used natural resources to build our infrastructure, and today we stand at a point where we have depleted the resources enough to not meet our increasing demands. There is an urgent need for interventions to raise awareness about protecting and safeguaring natural heritage.

What happens?

This programme is hosted by Immersive Trails and will group University of Exeter and a cohort from South Asia together to make natural heritage a more integral part of discussion. This virtual Global Leaders Programme will be hosted virtually. Please make sure that you have a working webcam, headphone and microphone.

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.

Through this virtual Global Project, undergraduate students in Liberal Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences from the University of Exeter and across South Asia will have the opportunity to convert their theoretical learning into practical applications using digital means to create participatory immersive experiences. 

Included in the Programme:

  • Guidance on how to create content on Sustainable Development Goals. This program in particular deals with SDGs 11.4 and 13.3.
  • Guidance on how to create informative and engaging content
  • Skills to adapt theoretical knowledge to practical applications while also thinking from the perspective of creating a sellable product.
  • The chance for participants to partner with us and host experiences on our platform, including a one-year mentorship to help participants create their first 3 experiences

When does it happen?

This programme will take place from the 25th July – 29th July 2022.

What are the eligibility criteria?

  • You are an Undergraduate student at the University of Exeter or your year of Graduation is 2023
  • You have a good record of academic achievement
  • You demonstrate a keen interest in the overarching topic of the trip
  • Students must be available to take part in the whole length of the programme and will be expected to attend all sessions and participate actively in independent work to meet the project goals and learning outcome
  • While it is not a requirement, applications will be prioritised from students who meet one or more of the WP Criteria 21/22


There is no programme fee for succesful applicants to this programme. 

Why apply? 

“Graduates face increasing competition when entering the labour market” (UUK, 2017)

Online mobility is a great way to continue building your employability skillset and intercultural skills despite the current barriers to travel posed by COVID-19. 

How do I apply?

The application deadline is 11:59pm on Sunday the 10th of July 2022 and the form can be found here.

Any queries please direct to Leanne at