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Warwick/SJTU Global Challenge

Up to 30 undergraduate students from across a range of subject areas at Warwick will team up virtually with 30 counterparts from Shanghai Jiao Tong University over three weeks in late June/early July 2021 to jointly research and present possible solutions to key global challenges.

Programme Information:

The challenges will be based around the following UN Sustainable Development goals:

  • No Poverty (UN SDG 1)
  • Gender Equality (UN SDG 5)
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities (UN SDG 11)
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (UN SDG 16)

While the projects will be student-led, guidance on research methodology and relevant sources will be provided by academic experts at SJTU and Warwick, who will support the student groups to develop and enact their research plans in liaison with relevant organisations in China and the UK. The groups will present the outputs of their research at a virtual, public event to be attended by academic and non-academic partners.

The activity aims to build students' skills and experience in intercultural communication, collaborative research, research methodology, interdisciplinary collaboration, virtual group work, managing projects across multiple time zones, translating research for public dissemination and presentation.


When will the activity take place?

The activity will take place over three weeks in late June/early July 2021 (exact dates TBC)

What will I be doing?

Your team of up to 5 students from Warwick and SJTU will jointly devise a research challenge within one of the SDG themes above, then work together to plan and execute your research project, with input, advice and guidance from academics at both universities. You will then present your findings to a public audience at a virtual event.

Who will I be working with?

You will work in mixed teams of Warwick and SJTU students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, guided by academics from a broad range of departments at both institutions.

How much input will I get from academic staff?

Throughout the project, you will receive advice and guidance on research methodology, project planning, sources of information and presentation from a group of academics at Warwick and SJTU with a range of disciplinary expertise. These will be provided formally through scheduled group guidance sessions and informally as needed.

How much time will I need to commit to the activity?

Over the three-week period of the activity, you will be expected to attend at least four guidance sessions of up to two hours each with Warwick and SJTU academics. To make these sessions accessible for students in both the UK and China, most will take place between 09.00-11.00 in the UK (GMT+1hr)/16:00-18:00 in China (GMT+8hrs). Between these formal sessions, you will also need to arrange your own informal meetings within your team and communicate regularly among yourselves to progress your project. You should allow approximately four hours per day for this.

What will I need to know or bring to my team?

Just yourself and your learning from your course! Everyone will bring a different perspective and set of experiences/expertise to the project so there are no prerequisites, other than lots of enthusiasm for the topic.

What will I get out of it?

  • Plenty of intercultural experiences (e.g. working in multicultural teams, scheduling group meetings across multiple time zones, understanding communication etiquette in different cultures, communicating ideas across cultures, explaining your cultural context to others...the list goes on and on!)
  • Interdisciplinary research skills (incl. devising, carrying out and presenting the outputs of a research project)
  • Presentation skills at virtual events
  • A statement of participation and completion on your university transcript/Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR)
  • A whole set of different perspectives on issues of great relevance to all of us
  • A new set of friends and contacts in different departments at Warwick and SJTU!

Application Information:

1. Applications shall open the week commencing 29 March 2021.

2.Complete Application Form by 23:59 on Monday 19 April 2021. Applications are now closed.

3. Arrange for completion of the Reference Form by a member of staff who supports your application by 23:59 on Monday 19 April 2021 [Please note the reference will form part of the scoring of your application and it is your responsibility to contact your referee and ensure your reference is completed in time].

4. You will be informed of the outcome of your application by Friday 7 May 2021.

5. If you are successfully offered a place, you will need to confirm this by Tuesday 11 May 2021. Full instructions will be provided on next steps when you are informed of the outcome of your application.

Applications closed