The Leadership in Global Change Summer School is a unique and unmissable experience for tomorrow's leaders - developed by LIGC in conjunction with the Environmental Change Institute, of the University of Oxford.





A one week residential course in Oxford, UK, for 15-19 year olds.
Accommodation in St Antony's College; classes in the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University.
Sessions on the sustainability issues researched at the ECI, including climate change, food security and water security and their implications for politics and business.
Leadership skills sessions covering factual analysis and effective communication.




Key Details


Week 1: 24th - 30th June 2018 (6 nights)

Week 2: 15th - 21st July 2018 (6 nights)

Week 3: 22nd - 28th July 2018 (6 nights)



£1,330 (Residential, breakfast and lunch daily, dinner on Sunday) 

£830 (Non-residential, lunch Monday-Friday, dinner on Sunday) 


How to Apply

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Whether in business, politics, education, academia, food production, healthcare or elsewhere, future leaders face a rapidly changing and complex world. The ‘Leadership in Global Change’ summer school provides an unbeatable opportunity to gain a new understanding of the critical issues that face all of us. The ECI opens its doors for the first time to a younger generation. Partnering with professional school educators and the ECI academics, the LIGC team have designed an entirely new course which will enable the ECI’s academic experts to engage, excite and empower the young people whose future decisions will shape the world.

- Professor Jim Hall, Director of the Environmental Change Institute - University of Oxford, Professor of Climate & Environmental Risks (School of Geography and the Environment), Senior Research Fellow (Department of Engineering Science), Fellow (Linacre College)




Dr Kim Polgreen has a BSc in Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Keele, and a DPhil in Biochemistry and an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford. Kim started working on environmental issues within business in 1994 during a time when new environmental regulations, and new approaches to environmental management, were being implemented across the business sector. Kim has consulted on issues such as supply chain management, transaction risks, legal compliance, reputational risk, and environmental risk minimisation, to businesses in the automotive, rail, retail, energy, infrastructure, food, paper, and government sectors. Kim has also been working in the education sector, running a small social enterprise which supports high schools students with their studies. These three areas of experience: academia, business and education, have culminated in the creation of this new course.

- Dr Kim Polgreen, Environmental Specialist, Managing Director of Oxford Study Courses, Academic Director of Leadership in Global Change summer school









At a Glance

  • Engage with Oxford University’s world class academics on global issues such as climate change, human migration and food scarcity
  • Develop 21st century skills in critiquing, debating, and compromising to find solutions
  • Tackle uncertainty, risk and conflicting views
  • Explore the intersection of science with business and politics
  • Develop and defend your own position on key global issues
  • Create your own network of future global leaders
  • Live and breathe Oxford student life
  • Feel safe with full time care from our professional pastoral team




Aims and Outcomes

The aim of this initiative is to enable students who will eventually have influential positions in business or the public sector to be confident and articulate about globally important issues. It will teach them how to engage effectively with the world’s experts to develop solutions.

This experience will support university applications for a huge range of subjects from business and politics to science and engineering.

Students will spend their days engaged in researching and debating, and their evenings being Oxford students. We hope to inspire them to aim high in their academic and professional careers.




Preparing you for the future

This is a unique opportunity. In an increasingly competitive and global environment it is essential for ambitious students to take advantage of every opportunity they can for personal development and personal resume building. Students will develop transferable skills and knowledge which not only sounds great on paper but is a real experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.





Life on Course

Oxford is a unique and glorious place. Small enough to be manageable and safe, packed full with young people from all over the world, it is the perfect setting for an inspiring summer experience.

LIGC students live in St Antony's College, and have the unusual privilege of learning in the Environmental Change Institute, part of the School of Geography in the University of Oxford, where they will interact with busy academics. Learning will be active and stimulating, and balanced with a fun packed evening programme. 

Students will be looked after by our student care professionals, Oxford Study Courses, a world leading provider of summer schools for school age students, to ensure that every student has a very personal, caring and supportive week.






St Antony's College

Founded in 1950, St Antony's is one of Oxford's seven graduate colleges. It's members are those studying for Masters or DPhil degrees at Oxford University, as well as research and teaching staff of the University. The site combines award-winning avant guarde modern buildings, with beautiful North Oxford Victorian architecture.

It is a small site, just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Oxford, and is a safe, calm, welcoming environment for visiting students. Students have their own private bedroom, and a shared bathroom close by. En-suite rooms are available too. There are kitchens to use if not eating in Hall or elsewhere, a laundry, and plenty of places to hang out with friends. The gardens are lovely. You can play badminton on the grass, or just sit under the trees and chat.





Student are provided with breakfast and lunch every day, dinner on Sunday when they arrive, and we go out for pizza together on the Monday evening in a lovely local pizzeria. On other evenings students are free to explore Oxford - there are many lovely places to eat.

  • A lovely cooked and cold breakfast is available every day in the St Antony's Dining Hall
  • Lunch is provided at the Biochemistry Department next to the Environmental Change Institute
  • Dinner is served in Hall on Sunday

During the day we make our own drinks at the ECI, and have snacks to keep us going between meals!



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