The competition


Teams must be composed of five students maximum. Up to six teams will be invited to compete. All team members must be matriculated as undergraduate students during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Each team will have to submit:

  • a one-page executive summary (300 words);
  • a two-page presentation, outlining their concepts and ideas in response to the designated topic (1000 words);


The Panel will expect to see clear academic engagement with the topic as well as a dynamic team approach to the project and its ultimate exposition.

The shortlist of up to six teams will be set the task of executing their projects and producing their findings through whichever means appeal to them as most appropriate. It might be that
findings are expressed in a written Report, in a multi-media presentation, in a poster exhibition or other art form – but there is flexibility regarding the means of best expressing the findings, and this should be discussed with the academic mentor

Each shortlisted team will be awarded a group prize of £500 to deploy towards their work for the Global Challenge. The money can be used in support of their work (e.g. with research travel,
audio-visual or other technical requirements). For more guidance, please see the Documents section.

Skills workshops

Each shortlisted team will be invited to participate in the Global Challenges Programme’s Skills Workshops consisting of six specialised workshops.

The workshops are focusing on project planning/management, time management, teamwork, communication and presentation skills, presentation tools, and a session on how to articulate participation in the GCP in job applications and interviews.

The workshops will be held on afternoons in semester 2. The participating teams will be expected to participate in all workshops as this will make up a crucial element of the GCP as well as the students’ individual professional development. Participation will be weighted in towards the final presentation.

Successful participants of the skills workshops and the GCP will also receive an electronic badge for their LinkedIn and email signatures as well as certificates. See below samples of workshops offered:

  • Cultural appreciation: networking
    This short workshop will allow you to learn about networking against a context of UK cultural ‘norms’ and share experiences of your own networking culture. You will also think about your own personal ‘brand’ and unique selling points, as well as have a chance to practise some networking techniques. Developing strong networking skills will help you both in your academic studies and also in the workplace after graduation; they are something employers strongly value.
  • Presentation Skills
    This session will introduce students to key effective planning principles, and help them to apply effective presentation skills in relation to their own personal situation and understand the implications in their future work environments.
  • Talking about your Global Challenges Programme experience in applications and interviews
    This session will introduce participants of the 2020 Global Challenges Programme to how best to articulate their experience of taking part in the programme in job applications and at interview. The workshop will be co-delivered by staff from the Careers Centre and CEED and will help you identify the transferrable skills you’ve developed, how to talk about the Global Challenges Programme on your CV, cover letter, and job applications as well as how to use it in interviews. The session will comprise a mixture of presentation and group discussion followed by an opportunity to practise interview technique.
  • Time management
    This session will introduce students to key time management and prioritisation theory, and help them to apply effective time management in relation to their own personal situation and understand the implications in their future work environments.

Academic Mentorship

Each shortlisted team will be allocated an academic mentor. Recommended contact time with the mentor will be as follows:

  • One full-day workshop (or two half days) with all team members;
  • Three additional two-hour sessions with the mentor to review progress and final draft of the project.

Final Presentation

The final competition will be judged by a team chaired by the Head of School of International Relations, Caron Gentry. The presentation of their findings to the Panel will be in the form of a presentation lasting not more than 30 minutes for each team. Judging criteria will be communicated to the finalists beforehand.

Competition timeline

Date Description
01 Dec Competition opens
29 Jan Deadline for applications
3 Feb Announcement of shortlisted teams
5 Feb Briefing meeting with shortlisted teams (via Microsoft Teams)
10 Feb Skills workshops: Project management
12 Feb Skills workshops: Teamwork
19 Feb Skills Workshop: Cultural appreciation: networking
26 Feb Skills Workshop: Time management
14 April Skills Workshop: Presentation skills
28 April Skills Workshop: Talking about your Global Challenges Programme experience in applications and interviews
18 Jun Deadline paper
25 Jun Final presentations

Competition prizes

Place Value
1st  £3000
2nd  £2000
3rd  £1000