Undergraduates take on future climate challenges

Posted by pt91 at Oct 28, 2011 02:35 PM |
University of Leicester students’ green project in finals of national competition
Undergraduates take on future climate challenges

(From top left clockwise): Gediminus Galinis, David Gray, Owen Littlejohns, Andy West.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 October 2011

Images of University of Leicester team available via pt91@le.ac.uk

University of Leicester students  have made it into the final of the npower Future Leaders Challenge – a national competition which tasks undergraduates to devise green projects and inspire people in their local area to live more sustainably.

The team of four students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy had to make a short film identifying a green project they would like to solve in either their university or local community. Team ‘Planet on Standby’ have devised educational projects for primary, secondary and university students to highlight how easy it can be to make a difference and show people they can save money by making small changes.

Last weekend nine teams spent three days in Somerset on a grueling outdoor activity course. The weekend’s programme was specifically designed to help develop team building and leadership skills and environmental knowledge that will enable them to deliver their green projects and take them one step closer to winning the ultimate prize. The experience will also give them key employability skills to position them ahead of their peers when making future job applications.

Owen Littlejohns, an Undergraduate from the University of Leicester said "We were thrilled to be short listed for the npower Future Leaders Challenge. We have had a fantastic weekend and will take away some key skills, we're looking forward to getting stuck into our environmental project’’

Clare McDougall, npower’s head of education and community said,” The npower Future Leaders Challenge has been developed to find the next generation of forward thinking leaders: young people with drive and passion, committed to learning about climate change and discovering new solutions to tackle its effects. I wish all the finalists the very best of luck in this competition!”

All finalists will now spend the next two months bringing their ideas to life, in the hope of winning a place on an expedition of a lifetime to the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway. Dog sledding over 200 km from a base camp into the wilds of Europe’s most northern country, the teams will have the opportunity to experience effects of global warning first hand.

Joining the winning team to the Arctic Circle will be four npower employees who have come up with innovative solutions to solve green issues in the workplace.


npower has harnessed graduate talent for many years - understanding that graduates are a vital part of a successful business, especially in challenging times. npower has been chosen as a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer for the fourth year running as well as appearing in The Times Top 50 'Places Where Women Want to Work'.

For more information contact:

Aimée Harrisonwild

Employer Liaison Manager | Careers Service

 (0116) 252 5117 | aw130@le.ac.uk 

Images: (available via pt91@le.ac.uk)

In dartmoor image1.jpg (from top left clockwise): Gediminus Galinis, David Gray, Owen Littlejohns, Andy West.

In the dartmoor2.jpg, (from left to right): Gediminus Galinis, Andrew West, David Gray and Owen Littlejohns.

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