Co-Designing Student Engagement

Co-Designing Student Engagement

TEDx University of Edinburgh

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In February, EUSA Global and the University – including the Global Academies, Beltane Public Engagement and Innovative Learning Week – organised TEDx University of Edinburgh.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At our event, we hosted a line-up of speakers who shared their expertise and sparked deep discussion around the theme Global Challenges, Grounded Solutions. While the TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, our individual TEDx event was self-organised by a team of staff and students at the University of Edinburgh.

The event was a huge success and highlights included

–- Student leadership from across the University Ten Student Choice Award submissions to win a spot in the speaker lineup. In one minute, students were asked to share their idea worth spreading and the University community voted on their favourite.

– An open masterclass for speakers arranged by Beltane Public Engagement. The University community was invited to attend and learn some tips on public speaking –

– Seven engaging speakers from disciplines across the University, including Lesley McAra Head of the Law School.

– A student-led design concept, including an animation from an ECA student showcased at the event – and

This campus is full of ideas, not all from academic research. Our students are passionate and hope to inspire change. TEDx University of Edinburgh demonstrated the importance of co-designing these activities alongside our students. This not only creates meaningful leadership and engagement opportunities, but it builds a vibrant community –both staff and students – focused on discovering grounded solutions.

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