The One Young World Bath (OYWB) caucus returns to the University of Bath for the seventh year in a row. This annual event allows young leaders and future changemakers to discuss the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) in a post-pandemic world.

OYWB 2023 comes at a time when many young people want to help solve some of society’s biggest challenges, be heard, and create a positive impact on communities.

Offering a one-day immersive conference on Saturday 18 March in 10 East, on the University of Bath campus, OYWB 2023 promises inspirational speakers and engaging workshops around the chosen core themes of:

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities (UNSDG 11)
  • Quality Education (UNSDG 4)
  • Good Health and Wellbeing (UNSDG 3).

This year’s student organising committee felt that the three themes offered up important discussions. In an ever-changing landscape, each UNSDG has an impact on the other - whether it is inclusive education and its impact on individuals' wellbeing, or sustainable communities being accessible to all community groups. These UNSDGs will be explored through a number of panels and workshops, with opportunities for delegates to interact and ask questions.

Alongside these sessions, participants can look forward to a complementary lunch and networking opportunities throughout the day.

As a special highlight, Caroline Casey, One Young World Counsellor and award-winning social entrepreneur, will receive an Honorary Degree from the University of Bath at the end of this year’s caucus. Caroline was one of the keynote speakers at OYWB in 2019 and was a huge hit with the delegates. As the founder of The Valuable 500, “a global business collective made up of 500 CEOs and their companies innovating together for disability inclusion”, we are thrilled that Caroline will be joining us at the end of the caucus again this year.

Among speakers at the event, attendees will hear from Oli Henman, Global Coordinator at Action for Sustainable Development.

Ruqia Osman is among the many other notable panellists that attendees can look forward to hearing from. A former Bath SU Education Officer and University of Bath Biochemistry graduate, Ruqia is an active advocate for anti-racism, equality and diversity, with a strong interest in higher education and removing barriers.

Leading the organisation of this conference are our two University of Bath student chairs, Madeline Senior and Michelle Hee.

Madeline is currently in her second year at Bath, studying BA (Hons) Modern Languages (French and Spanish) and is passionate about engaging young people in sustainable actions for their future.

Michelle is a postgraduate student studying MSc Marketing at Bath. During Michelle’s undergraduate study, she was President of her University’s Business Investment Society and leader of a social leadership programme. Michelle is passionate about making a positive change during her university experience.

The event is run by the University of Bath in partnership with One Young World, a global organisation focusing on harnessing the power of young leaders who are committed to enacting positive change.

Following this year’s caucus, we will be launching applications for students from the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and School of Management to attend the One Young World 2023 Summit in Belfast (2-5 October 2023). Find out more and apply.