Global Engineering Challenge

Global Engineering Challenge

Recent Engineering alumni joined our 7th Global Engineering Challenge to support over 1,300 first year students with their skills development. 

Event details

Date: Wednesday 24 January 2018
Time: 9am - 4:30pm (Lunch and refreshments provided)
Venue: The Diamond, The University of Sheffield

Registration is now closed. We'll be recruiting for the Global Engineering Challenge 2019 towards the end of this year.

Global Engineering Challenge

The Global Engineering Challenge is a week-long 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

GEC Alumni

Role and schedule

On Wednesday 24 January 2018 we would like students to engage with alumni to help them gain an understanding of the wide range of skills they need to become an engineer and the importance of early career planning.

The role will involve:


Alumni arrival and refreshments

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

Alumni briefing


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

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
12.30pm Complimentary lunch

Networking with students

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

Student boardroom presentations

  • Join a PhD facilitator and academic to feedback on student presentations from a different hub
  • The students will be discussing their team and project development
  • Identify a group that stands out to you to be awarded a special prize
4pm Final thoughts and thanks
4.30pm Close

We hope you also benefit from participating and;

  • Enjoy visiting campus and chatting to 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

We would be very grateful if you could circulate this among other Engineering alumni you think may be interested in attending.

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