Preparing for COP26 – How Can We Save the Climate?

Online Monday 28th June – Friday 2nd July

Our summer school is back for another year, catering for any Y12 student with an interest in Business, Earth & Environment, Education, Geography, Law, Politics, Sociology & Social Policy. This is a week long online summer school series of workshops and events designed to give you a taster of studying these Social Sciences at University of Leeds, getting comfortable with Higher Education, finding out about careers and your future, and giving you an opportunity to meet and work with current University of Leeds students.

Please complete our application form by 17:00 (5pm) on Monday 19th April. We will be in touch on 24th May to let you know if your application has been succesful.
Preparing for COP26 Programme
Be part of a task force exploring how the Social Sciences can better prepare us for for one of largest global challenges we will face in our lifetime. During the week you will attend a number of lectures and workshops exploring how to tackle climate change and the issues it will create. You will have the opportunity to virtually explore our campus, speak to current students and meet academics in the faculties of Social Sciences, Leeds University Business School as well as the School of Geography. The week culminates in a final challenge where you will get to imagine you are leading the Glasgow summit, what will you put forward as your suggestion to tackle the climate crisis?

What is COP26?

COP26 is the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which will be held in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. COP refers to the decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In November 2021, the UK will be hosting the 26th annual session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention, or “COP26”, in Glasgow. At the summit, delegates including heads of state, climate experts and negotiators will come together to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. As well as the negotiations, there will also be space for countries, international organisations and other delegates to showcase climate action, highlight diverse climate change issues and share knowledge. Find out more about COP26 below:
UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021
The University of Leeds has initiated a University taskforce to support activities both in the run up to COP and at the conference itself. This group is developing a University of Leeds COP26 delivery plan with a number of key actions and policy engagement activities essential for positioning the University’s work alongside other leading HE institutions from across the UK. Find out more by following the link below:
COP26 & University of Leeds

TASO Post-16 Summer Schools Research Project

Participants of our Preparing for COP26 Summer School are  invited to take part in a research project run by the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO), which aims to understand whether participation in a university summer school will help students  to aspire and progress to university.

Please watch the video below and read the Student Participation Information Sheet, which outlines the research project and what it means for students who are taking part.