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Societies and initiatives


GLOBUS is an online magazine created and run by GSD students. It features articles, videos, news and advice which address aspects of our culture, society, science and the arts that raise issues of sustainability, as well as items about what it’s like to be a GSD student at Warwick.

GSD Society

Warwick GSD Society is the
social home and discussion
panel for students who are interested in the present and future social, economic,
and environmental challenges
of sustainable development.
The society aims to promote
and educate students about
sustainable development and
organises academic discussions and talks and various social activities for its members.

Warwick SEED

Warwick SEED (Socio-Economic Engagement and Development), established in 2018, was co-founded by two GSD students. The society encourages students to embrace positive business impact and pursue social impact careers such as social enterprises, start-ups, and B-corporations.

Food Intercept

Our students are involved in Food Intercept, a social enterprise that develops creative solutions to reduce food waste. The team collects edible food waste from the local area and delivers it to a kitchen in Coventry. The kitchen employs single, minority women, providing them with financial and social security. The food waste is turned into meals that are sold on campus. Profits from the sales help the single, minority women who need it most.

Climate Reality

Climate Reality Warwick is a group of climate activists supporting local action to combat the climate crisis so we can make the transition to a clean energy economy and protect the welfare of the planet and its citizens. They aim to raise awareness on sustainability issues through conferences, campaigns, projects, and manifestations.

Warwick Cup

Inspired by their time spent studying abroad at Monash University, our GSD students have launched Warwick Cup on campus. This is a student-led social enterprise that aims to end campus dependency on single-use cups by creating a closed-loop sharing system.

Hear from our students

Nicola Blasetti Italian Flag

Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development Graduate

GSD in three words: Practical, Diverse, Dynamic

Advice for a prospective student: Don’t decline the offer to take up opportunities! It helps you understand yourself. Try anything and everything! Take the chance to meet international students and expand your horizons.

Student Societies: I am currently President of the Global Sustainable Development Society. We want to promote sustainable development topics and debates amongst the student community, and we've been arranging talks from departmental tutors and guest speakers. I also reached the finals of BandSoc's annual Battle of the Bands!

Dee Yon Chng Malaysian Flag

Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development Graduate

GSD in three words: Challenging, Unexpected, Purposeful

Advice for a prospective student: Choose an undergraduate degree that genuinely interests you and you're inspired by. Research the modules offered. Do the teaching methods suit you? And don’t discount doing a joint honours course - don’t box yourself up!

Student Societies: I am a part of Warwick Poles and Aerial Arts, one of campus' biggest societies. We were voted Voted Most Inclusive Society in 2015/16, and its a great starting point as a new undergraduate for making friends. If you want a family feel to student society, pole is definitely a great place to start.

David McGill British Flag Chinese flag

Economic Studies and Global Sustainable Development Graduate

GSD in three words: Interdisciplinary, Critical, Impactful

Advice for a prospective student: University is a dynamic experience. It rips open your world view, and Warwick is a truly international place. It is also a rollercoaster of emotions and it will certainly test your character. What matters most importantly is not the experiences you may encounter, but how you interpret and react to those experiences for the betterment of yourself. Make the most of your opportunities, and always trust the process!

Student Societies: I joined Warwick Thai Boxing during my second year, and I'll be continuing on into my final year. Its one of the most engaged and active societies on campus. Fitness and exercise are essential for your physical and mental wellbeing, which is important in a university environment.

Amicie Favre French flag

Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development Alumna

GSD in three words: Holistic, Creative, Passion

Advice for a prospective student: Be creative, be curious, don’t be scared of starting new things. Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you, create them for yourself instead. Be involved with what is happening around you.

Student Societies: Climate Reality has been a major part of my time at Warwick. I've been Head of Campaigns and I'm now taking on the role of Head of Marketing. We are a new society with new initiatives and bold ideas to create a more sustainable campus. Our focus is on helping students understand the importance of their choices and effect on environment and sustainability. I've also been involved with Rawkus (food waste society) Women for Women International Warwick; Warwick Handball, and the Student Food Co-op.

GSD bloggers

Harry Cheung,
current blogger

"Hi there! My name is Harry. I am currently a second-year GSD student, although this would be my first ‘full’ term at Warwick as I stayed in Hong Kong ever since the UK lockdowns in late 2020… Can’t be any happier to finally be here though!"

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Lauren Marshall-Nichols,
current blogger

"Hi, I’m Lauren. I’m a second-year Life Sciences and GSD student. I’m also a member of a number of societies, including WASS, Plant and Nature Society, and Sexpression. I’m also in the process of learning how to scuba dive!

I want to use the GSD blog space to engage with current and future students. I want to write about a range of things - current affairs, academia, mental health, societies... But I importantly want to write things that you want to read. If there's anything you'd be interested in hearing about, feel free to contact me."

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Joe Gosney,
former blogger

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Meredith Whiting,
former blogger

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