Each year, the Global Sustainable Development (GSD) Department at the University of Warwick runs a competition for year 11 and 12 students (school pupils aged between 15 and 17 years). The competition was established to engage with talented school students and give insight into the type of thought-provoking issues involved in studying GSD at Warwick.
This is an exciting opportunity for students to think creatively and gain valuable research skills as they learn more about global sustainable development. Since it was established, we have expanded the types of entries that can be submitted to include videos, podcasts, and poetry, as well as more traditional essay responses. This is in line with our overall aim to engage with students from a variety of different backgrounds and interests, giving them the chance to present their unique perspectives on issues of global sustainable development. This also aligns with our pedagogical approach, as we are aware that, for some of these ‘big problems’, we need creative responses.
Entry for the 2021 GSD competition is now open. Entries must be received by midnight UK time on Friday 30 April 2021. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to a virtual event with GSD students and teaching staff. Winners will be announced and awarded prizes.
This year's competition questions
- Do you think the society we live in can be sustainable or do we need to change our habits fundamentally?
What do you think are the biggest sustainable development challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic?
What would be the most desirable outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)?