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Change Makers Independent Project spotlighted by the Global Development Hub


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Horizons Change Makers Independent Project has been recognised for challenging students' approach to global issues and the wider world.

The 3rd/4th Year Horizons option has been showcased by the Global Development Hub alongside other College activities reflecting Imperial's commitment to instilling in students a passion for sustainable development.

Read the Global Development Hub's Education page.

The recently-launched Global Development Hub is described as 'a convening platform to promote and support the College's sustainable development research, education and innovation'. A key aim of its work is developing the skills and thinking needed to rise the challenge of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Within the Change Maker suite of modules, the UN's SDGs are already a significant element of the 1st Year Global Challenges modules, where students are given the opportunity to focus on a global issue that interests them. This is followed through in 2nd Year options, notably in the My World modules which each focus on an SDG and also through the Global Village modules exploring the complexity of international development through a real-world case study.

The Change Makers Independent Project, offered to 3rd, 4th and 5th Year Undergraduates is an alternative to an Horizons taught module, enabling students with a particular interest in global issues to explore it in some depth through independent study. Supervised by a Change Makers Teaching Fellow, Independent Project students meet with their tutor on a regular basis, developing their work from proposal through to assessment as well as developing their own schedule of work. Alongside developing a number of skills, the Independent Project facilitates students pursuing their individual interests in sustainable development through a long essay or portfolio of work.

Change Makers learning innovation is featured in a case study on the Global Development Hub website:

Read the 'Nurturing generations of Change Makers to tackle global challenges' case study.


Cleo Bowen

Cleo Bowen
Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication