Information for UCL staff

The UCL Council White Paper 2011-2021 committed UCL to develop new models of undergraduate teaching for the post-examinations period. Following consultation with staff on the model, the UCL Global Citizenship Programme was developed and piloted in 2013.

The UCL Global Citizenship Programme will be running from 2nd to 13th June 2014, after undergraduate exams have finished. The Programme is open to all undergraduates, apart from those whose departments already organise teaching and learning activities in this period.

We therefore ask that staff familiarise themselves with the basic information about the Programme on this page, so they can answer questions from students and direct them to this website for more detail.

What is the UCL Global Citizenship Programme?

The Programme is a two-week period of activities for undergraduates focused on developing UCL's 'global citizenship attributes' through academic project work for first-year students and employability skills workshops, volunteering projects and enterprise boot camps for second and final-year students.

Who is responsible for the Programme?

The Programme is run from the Vice-Provost (Education)'s Office, with Prof Anthony Smith, Vice-Provost (Education) taking overall charge of the Programme. The wider UCL community is involved by reporting through the Global Citizenship Steering Group.

Day-to-day the Programme is managed by Josh Blacker, Global Citizenship Officer, who should be your first point of contact for any queries.

How can I get involved in teaching?

Academic staff interested in contributing teaching or in developing a Grand Challenge-themed course for first-year students should contact Josh Blacker to discuss their ideas. Courses for the 2013/14 Programme will be developed in the autumn term and information should be ready for students to choose which course to take by February 2014.

How will the Programme be promoted to students?

We will be speaking directly to students at the start of session about the Programme and the benefits of participating, but any help you or your department can give to encourage students to sign up and participate will be greatly appreciated. Bear in mind that the Programme takes place in the last two weeks of summer term, so students taking any degree programme that teaches in this period will not be able to take part.

How can postgraduate students be involved?

Yes; each student project group is facilitated by a PGTA. These will often be sourced from the course's 'home' department, but no specific subject knowledge is required and vacancies will be advertised in the usual fashion. Facilitators from a range of discipline backgrounds would enrich the experience of students taking part, so when these positions are advertised please do encourage postgraduates in your department to apply.

For more information, contact:


T: 55214 Eglobalcitizenshipprogramme@ucl.ac.uk

W: ucl.ac.uk/global-citizenship/programme


We introduced the UCL Global Citizenship Programme from 2013 to complement students' degree programmes and enhance their experience of UCL as a world-leading university.

The opportunity to engage with our Grand Challenges research and work in small teams on real-world problems is a real benefit for undergraduates and we appreciate departments' assistance not only in putting together the courses but encouraging students to take part.


Professor Anthony Smith
Vice-Provost (Education)

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