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Students participating in the Global Goals Challenge

On Saturday March 4, Stephenson College hosted the inaugural Global Goals Summit to kick off Durham Global Week 2023.

The summit saw 35 student delegates from Durham University, Durham International Study Centre, Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College and Durham Sixth Form centre come together to learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and why they are important.

They spent the afternoon developing innovative solutions on how to educate consumers on the fast fashion industry through a condensed version of the UN-endorsed Game Changer Challenge.

The winning team, comprising of students from Stephenson College, Van Mildert College, South College and John Snow College, developed a fantastic idea for an app which would help consumers track the journey of their garment from inception to delivery, incorporating fashion blogs and digital wardrobe experiences as well as a rewards system to promote re-wear and recycling.

Students taking part in Global Goals Summit

The team will be presented with their certificates at the Durham Global Awards Dinner on Friday 10 March.

Delegates heard from subject matter experts including Professor Mark Allen, Department of Earth Sciences who will be launching an undergraduate SDG module in October 2023, Rich Hurst, Sustainability Education Advisor, Durham County Council, Sharon Lashley, environmentalist and managing director of Climate Action North, and Dr Helen Goworek, academic in DU Business School and former buyer in the fashion industry.


Find out more

Find out how you can join in with Durham Global Week

Keep up to date as the shortlists are announced for the Durham Global Awards

Learn more about the global impact of staff and students

Learn about Game Changer and the Careers & Enterprise service

Read 'Sustainable Development Goals: Success Stories and Lessons Learned' SDG Good Practices: A compilation of success stories and lessons learned in SDG Implementation