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Warwick Employability Challenge: Co-Creation Approach to Critically Engaging with Employability

This project aims to start a cross institutional dialogue about employability through a co-creation Warwick Employability Challenge. Warwick Innovation Fellows will deliver a series of design thinking workshops during Warwick Enterprise Summer Innovation Programme 2021, inviting teams from across the University to challenge themselves and existing representations of employability.

The Warwick Employability Challenge has now been completed with 12 teams participating over 2 weeks, and 70+ students and staff from all areas of the University coming together to re-imagine employability. We are delighted to announce the three winners and team commendations!


  • 1st place - Chemistry (£400)

  • 2nd place - WMS & Law (£200)

  • 3rd place - Education Studies (£100)


  • Development & Alumni - Most aspirational
  • Economics - Most stylish and visual
  • Psychology - Most academically rigorous
  • School of Life Sciences - Strongest student voice
  • WBS - Best storytelling
  • Wild Card 1 - Most neatly captured
  • Wild Card 2 - Best use of DT techniques
  • Wild Card 3 - The most agile and reflective team
  • WMG - Most refreshing

You are welcome to view all team submissions on this Challenge Submission page

    Project Team

    Project Co-Lead

    Emily Róisín Reid (WMS)

    Project Co-Lead

    Dr. Bo Kelestyn (Chemistry)

    Project Team:

    Giacomo Bottoli (WBS Student); Charlie Cunningham (SO/WMS); Rachel Davis (WE); Dr Martin Mik (SLS); David Molyneux (SO/SLS); Luke Netherclift (GSD Student); Celine Nithila-George (Liberal Arts Student), Johannes Pittgens (WBS Student), Laura Yetton (SLS)

    Project Impact

    • The main outputs form this project are hoped to be:
      • The learning from the workshops and critical engagement with this area, with deep collaboration between staff and students
      • The impact of the work undertaken by the project teams and their subsequent engagement within their departments
      • The shared learning from the dissemination event which we will be able to make widely available
    • Through engagement in these workshops, the project will raise the profile of the importance of employability and co-creation as important areas of student focus and engagement.

    What You Need to Know

    Project Background

    Please visit this Project Background page to find out more about the project, key dates and how to participate in the Challenge

    Judging Criteria

    There are 4 criteria that will inform the final panel decision: Desirable, Feasible, Innovative, Ethical. Find out more here.

    Challenge Outputs

    Submit your project outputs here. You will have the opportunity to upload a file or add any links to your submission. Teams will be encouraged to finalise and submit their outputs by Friday, 25th June, but will be given until midnight, Sunday 27th June.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Please visit this page for FAQs or get in touch with the Project Leads for further information, or if you have any questions. We also welcome any feedback.

    Project Aims

    • Engage around 120 staff and students who will directly participate in the workshops, and through the competition initiative
    • Generate a developing and enhancing a sense of community, and increase interest and participation in other institutional decision making and innovation projects
    • Bring staff and students together from academic departments and professional services, to encourage deeper co-creation than perhaps exists through channels such as SSLCs and other initiatives. The WSC will enable the surfacing of fresh ideas and for the student voice to sit centrally in new thinking around employability, creativity and innovation.

    If you would like more information on this project, please contact project leads:

    Dr Bo Kelestyn (

    Emily Róisín Reid (