Global Engineering Challenge

Global Engineering Challenge Alumni Day

We're looking for recent Engineering, Science and Computer Science alumni to join our 8th Global Engineering Challenge to support first year students with their skills development. 

Event details

Date: Wednesday 23 January 2019
Time: 9.00 am - 4:30 pm (Lunch and refreshments provided)
Venue: The Diamond, The University of Sheffield

Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a mentor. Registration is now closed.

What is the Global Engineering Challenge?

The Global Engineering Challenge is an interdisciplinary challenge 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 campus 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

Global Engineering Challenge 2018


9.00 am

Alumni arrival and refreshments

  • optional tour of the £81m Diamond building at, our largest ever investment in teaching and learning
9.30 am

Alumni briefing

10.00 am

Alumni presentation to students

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
10.15 am

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
12.30 pm Complimentary lunch
1.00 pm

Networking with students

  • Participate in an informal networking session with students from across the year group
2.00 pm

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
4.00 pm Final thoughts and thanks
4.30 pm Close

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Gribben (0114) 222 1045. 

Register here