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Our Work So Far

Year 12 Essay Competition

Wind turbines

Global Sustainable Development hosts an annual Essay Competition for Year 12 students across the country, encouraging students to think creatively and gain valuable research skills as they learn more about global sustainable development. In 2018, topics included: sustainable development in Brexit negotiations; 'think global, act local'; and managing environmental resources. Shortlisted entrants were invited to a Global Sustainable Development Campus Day at Warwick. More Information.

Warwick Sutton Scholars Year 9 Programme

Student delivering presentation


In 2018, GSD contributed to the organisation and delivery of the Year 9 Sutton Scholars Programme. The Year 9 Programme consists of 4 campus days (between December and March) and a three-day residential in April. This year's focus was Food and Global Sustainable Development. The Programme was run by the University's dedicated Widening Participation Team in collaboration with GSD staff.

I really appreciate everything you guys have done for us and helping us as a generation making our future paths. The residential was amazing and I had one of the best times of my life, I wish we got to do it for another whole year. I am very happy that I graduated and just wanted to say thank you for helping us and getting us prepared for reality.” - Sutton Scholars student, 2018

See more photographs from the 2018 Programme

Schools Engagement

GSD has provided several taster sessions in schools in the West Midlands and has been involved in initiatives run by the University's dedicated Widening Participation Team. This year we have participated in the Year 12 'University Taster Day' and the Year 12 'Experience Warwick Summer School'.

Examples of taster sessions delivered include:

  • A Sustainable Food Trail - an interactive exploration of the relationship between food and global sustainable development;
  • Managing Natural Resources: Designing a Marine Protected Area - an interactive simulation game exploring the complexities of marine policymaking.
Below is some feedback from our participants:

I thoroughly enjoyed the session because it was delivered as if we were real students.

The session was relevant and up-to-date. I enjoyed discussing the important issues raised.

It has opened for me a new career path. I am now going to try to come to Warwick to study GSD.