Global Engineering Challenge

We're looking for recent graduates and industry contacts, who are Engineers, Computer Scientists (or Scientists working in Engineering), to join our 10th Global Engineering Challenge

Students and alumni at the Global Engineering Challenge in 2020

Event details

Dates: Tuesday 26 January - Friday 29 January 2021


  • Tuesday - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Thursday - (approx 1 hour) between 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Venue: Online

Register as an Industry Mentor

The Global Engineering Challenge (GEC) is an interdisciplinary event that gives students the opportunity to:

  • Tackle real-world engineering problems in developing countries from a global perspective
  • Consider not only the technical, but the social, ethical and environmental implications of their decisions
  • Consider their future role in improving the world we live in
  • Develop team working and problem solving skills
  • Work across disciplines to broaden their horizons and subject knowledge

Your role:

  • Visit our virtual teaching spaces and support current students
  • Help the development of the next generation of Engineers
  • Promote your company with talented students
  • Develop your own presentation and communication skills
  • Count participation towards your CPD or Engineering chartership

Indicative schedule (TBC)

Tuesday - 2pm - 4pm, welcome from staff and meet your hubs - chance to tell them your story

You will provide a short (5 minute) presentation to a 'hub' of students (seven student groups). Your presentation may include:

  • Your career since graduating and how you secured your first role
  • How you benefited from GEC as a student (if you participated)
  • How sustainability or global issues affect your role and/or company

Hub discussions

  • Meet the students in your hub to offer encouragement and constructive feedback on their projects
  • Help the students to develop skills and confidence in working with professionals
  • Talk about your career or time at University, with particular focus on the skills needed within industry and how to develop them whilst studying

Wednesday - 2pm - 5pm Online Fair and boardrooms with hubs

Online Fair  

  • Participate in an informal online fair with students from across the year group

Student boardroom presentations

  • Join a PhD facilitator and academic to feedback on student presentations
  • The students will be discussing their team and project development
  • Identify a group that stands out to you to be awarded a special prize

Thursday - flexible check in with your teams (approx 1 hour) between 10am - 5pm (suggest morning for international students from Asia)

Friday - 2pm - 4pm Final presentations

  • Participate in the assessment of students' final presentations

Register as an Industry Mentor