Students at the University of Bath will have a unique opportunity to experience the One Young World Academy this summer, gaining knowledge and applied employability skills in brand new online modules.

The Academy aims to help young leaders tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our world – focusing on environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society.

There are three modules available and students can choose to do one or more concurrently:

  • Reducing Carbon Emissions
  • Play a Positive Role During Conflict and in Peacebuilding
  • Working for a More Equal World and Workplace

High-profile business leaders, policy makers and global activists such as Bill Browder, Simon Steel and Fatou Bensouda deliver online course lectures, with students then undertaking a project to apply their knowledge and gain practical hands-on experience. Project Advisors from the One Young World Community will be on hand to provide participants with guidance and support.

The pilot, co-funded by Pearson and the University of Bath’s Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, will require all participants to complete a minimum of one of the courses and an evaluation before receiving formal accreditation and a digital Credly badge.

Each module takes on average 6-8 weeks to complete on a part-time basis (for a total of 16-20 hours) and is self-paced.

There are 20 places for HSS students to participate in the pilot. All HSS undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate are eligible to apply for the pilot. If over-subscribed, priority will go to students who have not/will not be undertaking a placement year as part of their degree.

Laurel Chamberlain, Director of Business Development and Innovation at Pearson, said:

We are pleased to be working with the University of Bath to offer this new learning experience to its students to support them to develop the skills they need to understand and navigate some of the biggest challenges ahead. The courses aim to make every learner competent and confident to make a positive impact in their community and we're looking forward to seeing the outcome of the students' project work.

Professor Deborah Wilson, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences said:

We’re delighted to be partnering with One Young World and Pearson for this unique opportunity for our students. As an institution we’re renowned for our student experience and employability, which contributed to our recognition as University of the Year. The opportunity for our students to participate in the One Young World Academy is another example of our commitment to applied learning, and a further extension of our ten-year history with One Young World, linked through our mutual goals of supporting and inspiring young leaders to make a positive change in the world.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences students can apply online, deadline 10 May. Successful applicants will complete the module(s) and evaluation between May (after their assessment period) and September 2023.