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Warwick Sustainability Challenge 2024: Food and Drink

The University of Warwick is on a sustainability journey and it needs your help.

This autumn term we will be running a Sustainability Challenge on the theme of Food and Drink, asking students to work together to design original and creative solutions to problems with food supply, production, consumption, and waste across our university community.

To sign up, go to the Warwick Award activity page on GradIntelligence.*

The deadline to sign up is 5.00pm on Friday 12 January.

Please note, this event has been rescheduled from November.

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If you would like to take part you will need to:

  • Attend the training event on Wednesday 17 January between 1.00pm and 5.00pm
  • Work with your team on your idea for a solution for around fifteen hours between 17 and 31 January, when your team will submit your idea to the organisers.
  • Attend the closing event on 7 February, where the judging panel will reveal the first, second and third placed proposals.

Interested? Then sign up now - hurry, places are limited.

Students on taught programmes - to sign up, go to the Warwick Award activity page on GradIntelligence here. You will need your university ID and password to log in.

*Haven't activated your GradIntelligence account yet, or having trouble logging in? Here are some instructions for logging in for the first time.

*Students on research degree programmes - email us at to express your interest.

What will the Challenge involve?

Students who join this edition of the Sustainability Challenge will take part in a team competition to design an innovative solution to a problem concerning food and drink in any part of life across the university campus. The challenge will begin on 17 January with an opening event and Design Thinking workshop, and conclude on 7 February with an event to share the results of the challenge, and award prizes for the strongest entries.

A number of food and drink related projects are being developed on campus right now, but there’s always going to be more we can all do to reduce waste, improve consumer awareness, source what we consume more responsibly, and explore ecologically and socially fairer ways of making and sharing what we eat and drink into the future.

Using an interdisciplinary approach and competition format, the Sustainability Challenge aims to promote co-creation and highlight the importance of transferable skills for sustainability, as important areas of student focus and engagement to generate impactful solutions on campus and beyond.

Eligible students will be able to claim 4 Core Skills Points towards the Warwick Award on completion of the Challenge, and submission of a reflection on the activity on GradIntelligence.

Taking part will help you to develop several Core Skills, including Sustainability, Problem Solving, Communication, and Teamwork.


Warwick Sustainability Challenge (WSUsC): a Curriculum-Campus-Community approach to sustainable teaching & learning

Find out more about the original Sustainability Challenge, including the winning proposals.

Warwick Sustainability Challenge: Waste

Find out more about 2022's Sustainability Challenge: Waste, including the winning proposals.