Philosophy Challenge Day – 4th November

This will be on the afternoon of Monday 4th November, from 13:00 to 18:00 in the BALTIC art gallery on the quayside. The event should be appearing on your timetables now.

It is the ‘philosophy challenge day’. Challenge days are run by most schools in the university. They offer students the chance to:

  • Develop a wide range of skills deemed crucial by a vast array of employers over a short period of time
  • Find examples to use on your CV and in interviews
  • Work with peers outside of your lectures
  • Gain experience in problem solving for an organisation
  • Find potential employment opportunities
  • Work with alumni and find out about potential paths for after university

The structure of the day is that you will be set a challenge by the staff at the BALTIC, relating to improving its current operation. You will then have a few hours to create a pitch explaining how you would solve the challenge, and then present this pitch to a panel of BALTIC staff and Philosophical Studies alumni. All materials and food are provided on the day – though you may want to bring laptops or tablets with you to help produce your pitch.

More information will follow over the next weeks – for now, the important thing is to KEEP THIS DATE FREE.


How do I get to BALTIC?

Just walk don Northumberland street and across the swing, Tyne or Millennium Bridges. The Baltic is pretty unmissable – it is a huge building on the Quayside that says BALTIC FLOUR MILLS in big letters. The green ‘QUAY LINK’ buses go from Haymarket (opposite the university) to the Quayside every few minutes.

Is this compulsory?

Yes it is. It is a timetabled event, and we expect everyone to attend. Attendance will be closely monitored.

Is this in consolidation week?

Yes it is, so we know that everyone is not timetabled to be anywhere else that day. Consolidation week is not a half term or a holiday, and is not something that most subjects in the university have. It is a chance to catch up on reading, but it is part of term time and you are expected to be in Newcastle and available for timetabled events.

Do I need to take anything?

No, pens and paper will be provided, and food. You may want to take a laptop or tablet, so you can get online when planning and developing your pitch.

I don’t quite understand what this is???

Have a look at a similar event run by English, and you should get a better idea.

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