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Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Global Sustainable Development Competition!

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Each year we run the Global Sustainable Development Competition. This is an exciting opportunity for school students in years 11 and 12 (aged between 15 and 17 years) to think creatively and gain valuable research skills as they learn more about global sustainable development.

Since it was first 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 aim to engage with students from a variety of different backgrounds and interests, giving them the chance to present different perspectives on issues of global sustainable development.

This year, entrants addressed the following questions:

  • Do you need to be rich in order to be sustainable?
  • Some commentators believe that 2022 could be the year the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end. What long-lasting impacts do you think the pandemic might have on sustainable development?
  • What do you think is the main barrier to achieving sustainable development at present, and how can this be overcome?

We were particularly impressed with the range of creative submissions this year, from paintings to poetry, podcasts to short films. Not only this, but many of the creative submissions were outstanding. This made judging the competition a tricky task!

Our judging panel reviewed all of the entries, selecting the shortlist and the overall winners. The panel included:

Dr Maria

Widening Participation Lead

Dr Gioia Panzarella
Director of Student Experience

Student Ambassador

Student Ambassador

Editor in Chief,

Shortlisted entrants were invited to participate in a virtual event on Wednesday 13 July 2022. The session was led by Dr Maria Gavris, with the support of Dr Gioia Panzarella and Jess Holt (Recruitment and Communications Officer).

The first half of the session involved an interactive discussion, encouraging participants to think about 'What does sustainability mean to you?'. We received thoughtful responses, including:

"Continuing to develop in a manner which meets the needs of the present without harming the future generation’s ability to meet their needs."

"Creating the best possible world in all three ways - social, economic and environmental - that can last."

"Sustainability for me means creating a symbiotic relationship between nature and mankind where both can live harmoniously."

The winners!

After the interactive activity, we announced the highly commended submissions, runners-up, and winners of the competition:

First Place

  • Maia Gorman; and
  • Ella Thompson.

Second Place

  • Kanta Morishige; and
  • Zhao Xiyu.

Third Place

  • Georgia Randall; and
  • Jemima Seagrave.

Highly Commended
Essay Submissions

  • Helen Gill;
  • Dayan Pindoria; and
  • Joe Worrell.

Highly Commended
Creative Submissions

  • Jessica Marlow;
  • Nara Herce and Eva Luna Montoya; and
  • Cassie Yang, Frank Guan, William Cao, YunRu Chen, Alex Yin, and Sally Du.

The winners and runners up will be awarded vouchers. In addition, highly commended entrants, runners-up, and winners of the competition will have the opportunity to publish their work in GLOBUS, the School for Cross-faculty Studies’ student-run sustainability journal. We will also be gifting a tree-planting certificate for each of the shortlisted entries.

Many congratulations to the winners and all of the shortlisted entrants of this year's competition!

Professor Cathia Jenainati handing a certificate to one of our competition winners

Hannah Musk

Highly Commended Essay, 2019-20

"If you have an interest in sustainability, this is an opportunity to push yourself out of your academic comfort zone. My tip would be to organise your time effectively - researching is a time-consuming process. Overall, my competition entry gave me skills that I have used throughout the whole of my first year - there really is nothing to lose!"

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