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Induction Period Challenge.

We are hosting an optional induction period challenge for Peer Mentors and their mentees.

This year we are again hosting an optional induction period challenge for Peer Mentors and their mentees. For this activity, you will work in your mentee groups when it suits you, your group and your timetables. The challenge runs between the 20 of September and the 23 of October, the deadline for submission.

For the second year running, students from Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University (Netherlands), will join the UNSDG Challenge. The Radboud students will address the same challenge question in the context of their own University setting.

Entries will be judged by Newcastle and Radboud academics who are engaged in the UNSDGs. We hope to identify real life solutions to SDG challenges that we can adopt in our universities.

The top two entries from each university will compete for four fantastic cash prizes:

  • 1st place team - £1000
  • 2nd place team - £750
  • 3rd place team - £500
  • 4th place team - £250

All students from Radboud and Newcastle are invited to attend a lunchtime virtual Global Celebration Forum, on Monday 7 November where the winning teams will be announced. The celebration event will be an opportunity to hear how other teams have addressed the challenge and to listen to expert speakers discuss the importance of the UNSDGs for universities and in external organisations.

This challenge is a great opportunity for you to:

  • show your commitment to social and environmental justice
  • come up with ideas that can support your university to address the UNSDGs
  • develop employability skills that you can add to your CV
  • engage with students from a global partner
  • make friends at Newcastle University
  • have a chance of winning a fantastic cash prize!

Hear from one of our finalists from a previous challenge and see the winning entries from last year's competition here.

You will find everything you need to guide you and your team through the challenge on the pages below, including a step by step guide to tackling an Enterprise Challenge, and lots of helpful information about the UNSDGs.

Sustainable development goals - 17 goals to transform our world

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First steps

Once you have been allocated to a mentee group, your Peer Mentor will be responsible for organising a kick-off meeting with your group to discuss and to start work on your idea. We recommend that Peer Mentors set up a Microsoft Teams group for their team to meet online to discuss the activity and share information and ideas.

To help groups tackle the challenge, you have access to teaching materials and guides which will be released here during the induction period.

If you have any questions about this activity, please do not hesitate to contact us on