UCL News


UCL Grand Challenges summer school for research students

3 March 2014

Applications are invited from UCL research students to participate in the inaugural UCL Grand Challenges Summer School, a cross-disciplinary research week 16-20 June 2014.

Grand Challenges

The school will enable students to explore the UCL Grand Challenges philosophy and develop practical skills in preparing research proposals that necessitate and combine expertise from different disciplines.

Students on any stage of a research training course - MPhil, PhD, EngD and MD(Res) - may apply by 28 March, and 30-40 will be invited to participate.

It is anticipated that most applicants, in their current research training activity, will be prioritising the need to achieve knowledge and expertise within specific disciplinary areas, to meet the high standards required for the award of their research degrees. 

However, those invited to participate in the summer school will need to have demonstrated in their applications an interest in exploring the value of cross-disciplinary approaches in research using their special areas of expertise.  The final selection will also seek to ensure diversity of disciplinary backgrounds among the participants.

The school's convenor is Professor Yvonne Rydin, Chair of Planning, Environment & Public Policy in the UCL Bartlett School of Planning. Academics and researchers involved in UCL Grand Challenges activities, from across ten faculties, will be providing insights based on their experience.