Celebrating collaborating and connecting

From 29 May- 1 June, the University’s Social Impact Team will be providing a range of events in order to capture, celebrate and connect students, staff and the wider Leicester community with the United Nations Global Goals.

The UN Global Goals are 17 goals designed to create a better world. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. As one of the first Universities to sign up to the support the goals, ‘Exit Week’ will raise awareness and encourage the Leicester community to work together to build a better future for everyone.

The week’s events have been designed to provide opportunities for students to gain key transferable skills, enrich their CV’s by volunteering, develop their own Global Goals projects and celebrate their achievements of the past year.

On Friday 1 June, the University will be hosting its first annual Global Goals conference entitled ‘Global Goals, Local Action’, where students will showcase their sustainable development work in a fun and innovative way.

The ‘Exit Week’ programme is as follows:

The Leicester Matters engagement day, taking place on Thursday 31 May, will bring together academics from the University, members of the local community, charity representatives and businesses to identify ideas for future cooperation. Topics up for discussion will include concerns surrounding air quality, plastic pollution and lack of green spaces.

Participants will form teams to address specific challenges and propose action plans. The best plan will be awarded SEED funding to move ahead. There will also be a showcase of short films, produced by students, identifying local social challenges within Leicester.

Sumaya Jamaale, Social Impact Projects Officer, said: “Exit Week will provide a breadth of opportunities for staff and students to engage with the UN Global Goals. From the student conference to Lego Serious Play, this a chance to be part of a week to help create a more positive world.”

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