Following on from last year’s pilot, the Global Health Challenge 2017 (GHC17) will bring together students from across the University to work together to design innovative and entrepreneurial solutions for the global issue of health equality, aiming to improve social, cultural and physical wellbeing.
For GHC17 the University is partnering with Tayside Deaf Hub, Hearing Voices, NHS Primary Care, Parkinson’s UK, Faith in the Community, PAMIS and Dundee International Women’s Centre. Participating students will get an opportunity to work with one of these organisations to design innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to tackle some of the real challenges that are faced by individuals, families and communities.
Catherine Arkwright participated in last year’s Challenge, and worked with a charity combating homelessness. Speaking about her experience, Catherine said, “In my group, there were two dentists, an architect and a nurse as well as the charity leader and University liaison. Generally, people played to their strengths so the architect talked about how buildings can be designed to provide shelter or force homeless people to move on with spikes on the ground, whereas the dentists and nurse looked up schemes to improve the health of the homeless and I read papers discussing solutions from other countries.
“It was really interesting to work with people that had such different degrees and skills to my own. It was a really valuable experience and I'm glad the University is encouraging a social conscience in its students so I was grateful for the chance to be involved.”
This year’s Challenge is open to Level 2 and Level 3 students who can apply by visiting uod.ac.uk/ghc17. Applications will close at the end of today.
If you have any queries about the application process please email Susan Lawson, Administrator, Tayside Institute for Global Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.