Join the Forum for Global Challenges

The Institute for Global Innovation, based at the University of Birmingham, is looking for student representatives who want to be part of the solution to the world’s most difficult problems – from climate change and destruction of the natural world, to poverty and rising inequality.  

We are launching the Forum for Global Challenges, an international and multi-stakeholder conference, which brings together academics, policy-makers, the private sector, civil society and the public – particularly young people – to work together and improve global wellbeing, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. 

Our student contributors will get unique opportunities to help shape the Forum’s agenda and participate in online events, discussions and content creation such as blog or digital media content. 

Find out more about the Forum on our website

What is the role? 

We are looking for volunteer student contributors to join each of our major Challenge teams: 

  • Creating a green economy 
  • Restoring nature 
  • Building ethical and effective leadership 
  • Increasing health and wellbeing 
  • The future of education, employability and skills 
  • The future of cities 
  • Mobility 
  • Food security 

Who should apply? 

You’ll have a keen personal, professional or academic interest in one or more of the areas listed above. You don’t need to be an expert, but you will be confident sharing your own ideas and opinions and ready to learn from the experiences of others, particularly the local communities most closely affected by the challenge at hand, which could be anywhere in the world. 

What’s the commitment? 

5-10 hours per term, flexible. These voluntary opportunities can be counted for Personal Skills Award (PSA) points. 

How can I get involved? 

Please send an expression of interest (300-500 words) outlining your suitability for the role and your preferred area of interest, to Caroline Hetherington,  


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