Contents Chair’s Welcome
About UWC Great Britain
UWC GB AGM 2021
Delivering Our Mission - Core Taskforce Updates
Strengthening Our Organisation - Operations Updates
Life at UWC - Student Reflections
Giving Back - Volunteer Reflections
UWC GB Strategy 2021 - 22
UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.
UWC Mission Statement
Looking Back, Moving Forward - Welcome from the Chair Matthew Gold, UWC GB Chair
Welcome to the 2021 Annual Report of the United World Colleges National Committee of Great Britain. I have been very fortunate to be part of UWC for the last four years and Chair of the UWC National Committee of Great Britain for the last two years. UWC GB is run by an incredible group of committed and enthusiastic volunteers from the trustees on the National Committee to current students. We could not exist without all our volunteers and I cannot thank them enough for the time and eﬀort they have committed to the movement. This is especially the case in the year of a Covid -19 pandemic when we have had to be proactive and innovate in order to ensure the health and safety of our students. During the last year we have strengthened the National Committee by co-opting younger alumni who want to be part of the organisation. In addition, I want to say a special thank you to Val Murray (safeguarding oﬀicer), RIchard Hills (treasurer) and Richard Gadd (experienced photographer) who are standing down from the National Committee this year. They have supported UWC GB for many years, helping out at various events and sitting through too many long National Committee meetings!
I am proud to lead an organisation which does not stagnate and accept what it has achieved. We need to move forward as an organisation and stay in front of the changing landscape around us. For example, this year we held a UWC Open Forum in response to concerns expressed about discrimination and equality issues in UWC. It gave everyone a chance to talk about their experiences and express their views on issues which aﬀect so many of us both within UWC and in society more broadly. The initiative will be followed up during the coming year and we will work closely with the task force set up by the International Oﬀice. During the past two years, we have substantially strengthened our selections team which is ably led by Hannah Mahapatra and Chris Jones. As many of you will know the work of the selections’ team is supported by our paid member of staﬀ Kinga Skomra, along with the rest of the taskforce, ensuring that we are able to place as many new students as possible in a UWC school. The amazing achievement of this year is placing 40 new students in UWC schools who will start their incredible journeys of discovery in August 2021 (January 2022 for Waterford!).
The work of the National Committee has been greatly assisted by our Promotions, Health & Wellbeing and Governance task forces. We have been also ably assisted by a newly created Fundraising Advisory Group. We have innovated and like many other organisations have understood the advantages of video conferencing. We have instigated Thursday information evening introductions to UWC on zoom for new parents and students who are interested in joining UWC. They have proven to be very successful with large numbers of participants (parents and students) many of whom go on to register an interest to apply to UWC in September 2021. UWCGB successfully fundraised for the first time last year. We raised £10,000 for the benefit of our students. Some of the funds were paid towards entry fees whilst the remainder is helping with additional costs incurred by students due to Covid. We are very keen to ramp up the fundraising eﬀort this year. Our aim is to raise suﬀicient funds to pay for one student from a disadvantaged background to attend a UWC school. The student would otherwise have not had the opportunity to take the IB at a UWC school. A priority of UWC for the forthcoming year is to fulfill this objective. And finally, again moving forward, we will launch a paid membership scheme to raise funds to make the National Committee more professional and eﬀicient. Please look out for news about the membership scheme and join us on our journey to continue to provide a unique educational life changing experience for young people who want to help change the world. All the best Matthew Gold Chair, 3 UWC Great Britain
The work of the National Committee has been greatly assisted by our Promotions, Health & Wellbeing and Governance task forces. We have been also ably assisted by a newly created Fundraising Advisory Group. We have innovated and, like many other organisations, have understood the advantages of video conferencing. We have instigated zoom information webinars for new parents and students who are interested in joining UWC. They have proven to be very successful with large numbers of participants many of whom go on to register an interest to apply to UWC in September 2021. UWC GB successfully fundraised for the first time last year. We raised £10,000 for the benefit of our students. Some of the funds were paid towards entry fees whilst the remainder is helping with additional costs incurred by students due to Covid. We are very keen to ramp up the fundraising eﬀort this year. Our aim is to raise suﬀicient funds to pay for one student from a disadvantaged background to attend a UWC school. The student would otherwise have not had the opportunity to take the IB at a UWC school. A priority of UWC GB for the forthcoming year is to fulfill this objective. And finally, again moving forward, we will launch an updated membership scheme to allow greater engagement and support from our community to help make the National Committee more professional and eﬀicient. Please look out for news about the membership scheme and join us on our journey to continue to provide a unique educational life changing experience for young people who want to help change the world. All the best Matthew Gold Chair, UWC Great Britain
About UWC GB Great Britain had the founder United World College, and from 1962 until the early 2000s UWC Atlantic selected British students to attend UWCs all around the world. As an increasing number of National Committees were set up to select students, a group of UWC graduates felt that there should be a National Committee in Great Britain. From the early 2000s this group of graduates worked with UWC Atlantic to select British students. UWC Great Britain (UWC GB) was set up as an independent National Committee in 2004. UWC GB is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. We are responsible for selecting students and preparing them and their families for their UWC journey. We also play a role in supporting students while they are at a UWC and seek to keep them and other UWC alumni engaged in the UWC movement in Great Britain once they graduate. UWC Great Britain has an executive of around 14, who run the National Committee as well as being charity trustees and company directors. They are responsible for the proper running of the charity and directing the various activities and volunteer taskforces of the National
Committee. They are all volunteers who are either graduates of a UWC or parents of UWC graduates and are elected by the membership of the charity at an AGM. Running a National Committee, particularly one that sends as many students as UWC Great Britain does, is hard work. The National Committee in Great Britain would not exist without the volunteers who undertake many tasks within the various teams. We always need help to spread the UWC ideals and we welcome and encourage parents and graduates from whatever generation to get involved as volunteers and members of UWC GB.
UWC GB Taskforces: What we do UWC GB is organised around a number of taskforces - teams of volunteers who come together regularly throughout the year to focus, work and deliver on particular aspects of our organisation’s mission. Every UWC GB National Committee member is part of one or more of these taskforces. The taskforce approach allows our volunteers to work closely with each other and enjoy a more sociable and collaborative approach to our work. It also allows for more equal contribution from all taskforce volunteers, as well as the opportunity to focus on specific tasks and build experience and expertise in solving that task. There are 4 core taskforces which reflect UWC GB’s main purpose and ‘functions’ as a UWC National Committee - Promotions; Selections; Health & Wellbeing; and Community Engagement and Fundraising. In addition to the 4 core functions, we also have a number of taskforces which make up our ‘operations’. Operations essentially ensures that we have the structures in place to support our core functions and volunteers equitably, as well ensure that UWC GB as an organisation runs as eﬀectively and eﬀiciently as possible, and continues to build and develop our capacity as a National Committee. You can see on the following page an overview of our diﬀerent function and operational taskforces as well as a brief explanation of what their primary tasks are. Our volunteer taskforces are at the very core of what we do as UWC Great Britain. If you’re interested in any of these areas, please get in touch! Otherwise we are very we’re excited to share with you updates from our taskforces about our work over the last year!
Core ‘Function’ Taskforces Promotions Raising the profile of UWC GB and the UWC movement throughout Great Britain and maximising opportunities for all young people to take part in a UWC experience
Health & Wellbeing Providing support and advice to students and their families aﬀiliated with UWC GB, from initial contact with the National Committee through to their nomination and attendance at UWC schools
Selections Selecting the best possible students from those applying through UWC GB to attend UWC schools around the world
Community Engagement & Fundraising Nurturing an enduring commitment to UWC GB and the UWC values amongst the UWC community in Great Britain and raising funds to support the eﬀective running of UWC GB and scholarship funds for students selected by UWCGB
‘Operations’ Taskforces Governance Providing and reviewing recommendations on changes to the structural organisation of UWC GB and supporting the delivery of UWC GB’s corporate and charity obligations under the law
Volunteer Coordination Facilitating the involvement of volunteers with UWC GB and supporting a positive and mutually beneficial experience for all
Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Providing support and guidance on ensuring UWC GB promotes values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusivity in its practices and activities and establishing an inclusive culture free from all discrimination and based upon values of dignity, courtesy and mutual respect
Strategy Drafting, monitoring and reviewing UWC GB’s strategy
Safeguarding Facilitating the safeguarding training of UWC GB volunteers, supporting a safe and protected environment for all and ensuring UWC GB’s safeguarding compliance under the law
Finance Maintaining and reporting the financial records of UWC GB in compliance under the law and supporting with the means-testing of applicants to UWC GB and the allocation of funds to UWC GB practices and activities
Other operational areas include: IT & Data Protection, Legal, Compliance, Internal Communications & Public Relations and Sustainability
Matthew Gold Chair Parent
Hugh Davies Vice Chair & Fundraising Oﬀicer UWC Atlantic ‘81 & Parent
Hannah Mahapatra Selections Oﬀicer Parent
Perveez Mody Health & Wellbeing Oﬀicer UWC Atlantic ‘91 & Parent
Anna Moses Operations Oﬀicer UWC Red Cross Nordic ‘09
Olivia Clymer Governance Oﬀicer Parent
Richard Gadd Acting Secretary Parent
Val Murray Safeguarding Oﬀicer Parent
Richard Hills Finance Oﬀicer (Treasurer) Parent
Trisha Gorman Health & Wellbeing Oﬀicer Parent
Chris Jones Selections Oﬀicer UWC Red Cross Nordic ‘03
Mueez Abdur-Rahman IT & Data Protection Oﬀicer UWC Atlantic ‘15
Tegan Evans Secretary Li Po Chun UWC ‘16
Gareth Williams Engagement Oﬀicer UWC Atlantic ‘09
Tabea Leiss Social Media Coordinator UWC Red Cross Nordic ‘20
Kinga Skomra Selections Coordinator UWC Mahindra ‘04
Philly Elkington Community Engagement & Fundraising Coordinator
Delivering Our Mission - Core taskforce updates Promotions
Adara Wicaksono Promotions Coordinator UWC Costa Rica ‘13
The Promotions taskforce is focused on raising awareness of UWC among potential applicants and their families across the country. We aim to increase the number and diversity of applicants that the UWC National Committee of Great Britain receives every year by working across social media, information sessions, open days, schools outreach, and regional outreach. In light of the pandemic and students working from home, we had to quickly adapt our approach for some of our initiatives but that did not hinder our successes. For our Entry 2021 cycle we received 129 completed applications, roughly the same number of applicants as we did for the previous year (though if you also include all applicants who first completed the new Community Conversations initiative (read more about in the Selections update!) the total number of candidates went up to 147). This was a great success given the diﬀiculties the past year has brought to implementing some of our intended initiatives. This incredible feat was achieved due to our amazing and dedicated taskforce members: Andrew Morris (parent of UWC Pearson alum); Gareth Williams (UWC Atlantic alum); Pema I’Anson (UWC Atlantic alum); and Tabea Leiss (UWC Red Cross Nordic alum). We have also recently been joined by two new volunteers: Layo Esther Olayiwola (UWC Pearson alum) and Matthew Lam (UWC Red Cross Nordic alum), thus cementing our position as THE taskforce to be part of! Initiatives Our focus on social media has been solidified with Pema’s amazing work on growing our online presence across diﬀerent platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Tabea has recently taken over the role of Social Media Coordinator and so far with the support of Matthew, she has done a great job on diversifying our platforms to now include TikTok. Another initiative we focused on were the online ‘Zoom in on UWC’ webinars. Led by Pema with the help of Gareth and Marlene Leiss (UWC Mostar alum) we held several cycles of online webinar sessions, each with
diﬀerent topics on UWC and the selections process. The purpose behind the webinars was to try and replicate the information given at Open Days, which we were unable to run in person due to COVID. We are grateful for the time given by members of other taskforces (especially those from Selections and Wellbeing) to answer any and all questions by interested students and their families. The webinars have been executed well and we have had 50+ attendees regularly at each session (this initiative has even been replicated by some other NCs!) and we continue to hold them this year.
‘My Choice, My Future’ UWC GB School Outreach Learning Resource - click here to view!
Our focus has also been on schools outreach. Although it has been diﬀicult as we have not been able to visit any schools across the country, Andrew has continued to build on our network of schools with a growing aﬀiliation to UWC. Our intention is to promote UWC through the use of a thought-provoking curriculum developed for use during PSHE/Citizenship classes. With new taskforce member Layo, we are planning a diﬀerent approach to school outreach this year by developing a pilot programme with a few schools to share this curriculum and UWC’s mission, and thus hopefully attract more students to apply! We also hope to be able to visit some schools in the next year and further raise awareness of the NC’s work. We continue to develop these initiatives with the hope that in time, we reach out to more students from all backgrounds and thus eventually have more applicants to UWC! Thank you to the team and everyone else who has helped out and supported our initiatives. Please make sure to follow our platforms below, and if you know anyone interested in UWC let them know about our ‘Zoom In On UWC’ online sessions or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Jones Selections Trustee Lead UWC Red Cross Nordic ‘03
This year has firmly established that crystal ball gazing and multiple plate spinning are skills that are key to the success of our team. As we looked for certainty and tried not to be reminded of Donald Rumsfeld and his Hannah Mahapatra ‘known unknowns’, the team has balanced Selections Trustee Lead the challenges of supporting UWC students Parent getting to and even transferring between colleges whilst ensuring our selection process for their successors was equally robust when conducted online. At one point we had no less than four selection cycles open at once to some degree or other which was another first! Not only did we survive all this, but we welcomed new volunteers and incorporated new ideas and have a whole new set of freshly minted zeros (not to mention their families) who are excited to be our UWC GB Class of 2023! A testament of the Herculean eﬀort and hard work of our wonderful volunteers is evidenced in the 40 excellent British representatives we are proud to be sending to 12 colleges, including our first ever student for UWC ISAK in Japan. Our Core Team Hannah Mahapatra has done an awesome job of leading the team and keeping us sane! She is the first to say that she could not do this without the fantastic voluntary work of Anna Moses, Frances Willmott and Gareth Williams. Chris Jones, a teacher and RCN grad, joined the team in 2020 and has been instrumental in introducing the Community Conversations and in helping take the process online. Kinga Skomra continues to be employed as our Selections Coordinator supporting all aspects of the process. Her extensive work in building excellent links with colleges has helped to ensure that as many strong candidates as possible are able to receive the necessary funding to go to the most appropriate colleges for them. Our huge thanks goes to them for keeping the process alive when things started shutting down!
Changes to our Process This year we added a new part to our Selections Process - the Community Conversations. Before starting their application, each prospective candidate was invited to bring a topical article to discuss, with some follow up questions about themselves and their interest in UWC. Whilst this was not formally scored and instead used like an additional reference, it helped candidates build their confidence in being interviewed, something that was key to success for many. It also gave them an opportunity to explore any questions or concerns outside of the interview process and although some candidates decided not to continue with their application, everyone involved was more informed about the UWC experience at an early point in the cycle. New volunteers said that it gave them an excellent opportunity to understand more about our process and to give back to the movement in a fun, meaningful and time limited way. This year we have also benefited from an excellent new IT platform for managing all stages of the process. Kinga has been heavily involved in the development of this
platform with the UWC International Oﬀice and this work has really helped with the management of information on candidates throughout the entire assessment process As one of the first National Committees to make the decision to pivot our assessment process online, we worked extensively with both experienced and recently recruited volunteers to understand how best to make this work. Their time, insight and patience with both building a new system and adapting to it ensured that our candidates and assessors alike felt confident in fully engaging with the process in its new form. We decided to build on the scripted interview used in the previous cycle. We’d found this helped to ensure a consistent experience for all candidates so we thought it was important to use this whilst working online with only minor adaptations. Group assessment presented a greater challenge as we looked to balance the rich information gained from seeing candidates interact with each other with the constraints of working online. Thanks to our wonderful team, we tried to ensure that, as far as possible, no candidate would be disadvantaged by this new way of doing collaborative assessment.
Entry 2021 Student Placements
Places Nominated Accepted Students
This year our team has been ably supported by a means testing team led by our treasurer, Richard Hills, that diligently assessed the eligibility of candidates for scholarships. We feel that keeping this separate from the UWCGB assessments is a really important development and we are grateful for their time and commitment.
UWC Costa Rica
UWC ISAK Japan
Whilst we are due to send 40 young people to take up places at UWCs across the globe, it is important to recognise that this has been a very complex balancing act - even with the strong relationships we have with colleges. Scholarship places must often be levelled against full fee paying students whilst also ensuring that both the needs and the preferences of our candidates are fully considered.
UWC Waterford Kamhlaba
* China extended their travel and visa restrictions until further notice. UWC Changshu is not accepting any international students for 2021 entry.
As we write, we are in the process of conducting a review of the new process that we have used for Entry 2021. This will ensure that we are able to fairly assess the young people that apply through UWCGB whatever pandemic related challenges we face over the next few months. Will we be online or will we be in person? Who knows?! What we do know is that we will be ready! The Selections Taskforce is a small team and we would welcome anyone that has an interest in being involved with the process through the next application cycle. We meet weekly throughout the year on Wednesday evenings as well as in person when the pandemic allows. There are also opportunities to get involved at key moments for a more limited period. Please do not hesitate to reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions.
Health & Wellbeing
Perveez Mody H&W Trustee Lead UWC Atlantic ‘91 & Parent
Members of the team Trisha Gorman (parent of two UWC Atlantic alumni and veteran of three in-person Orientations) Perveez Mody (UWC Atlantic alum, parent of both a current UWC Atlantic and a UWC Dilijan student)
Trisha Gorman H&W Trustee Lead Parent
Judy Peritz-Wynne (UWC Atlantic alum, parent of both a UWC Mostar alum and a current UWC USA student; UWC Mostar governor) Norah Barnes (parent of UWC Costa Rica alum) Thank you to those who moved on from the taskforce during the year: Matthew Gold, Val Murray and Antonio Carvalho. Overview The role of this taskforce is to support students and their families, from initial contact with UWCGB, through nomination and attendance at UWC colleges around the world. We do this in several ways: ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Co-operating with the Promotions taskforce on their new “Zoom in on UWC” series of webinars; Working closely with the Selections team throughout their cycle stages; Planning Orientation activities, to prepare families for their UWC journey; Hosting periodic townhall and information sessions for current families, often with a social element; Encouraging networking among new and current families to build a caring community; Acting as a friendly face for individual families as issues arise, and liaising with schools where necessary; Integrating into our activities those students and families from the Global Selection Programme with GB links.
This year, as a group of relative newbies ourselves, we have been bonding as a team, and working to establish more eﬀicient ways of operating, especially in this new world which is primarily virtual. Despite the obvious disadvantages of being unable to hold face-to-face Orientation for two successive years, we are increasingly taking advantage of the flexibility this oﬀers us e.g. oﬀering Orientation sessions on Zoom in more bite-sized, digestible chunks which are timely, accessible, aﬀordable, with no travel carbon footprints for our remote or globally-based families; establishing lively WhatsApp groups which allow parents to assist each other directly with up-to-date information sharing.
Over the last year, we have recognized an opportunity to further support our students in the medium term, as they contemplate life after UWC. Planning has begun to hold information sessions around international university choice (and UCAS applications for UK universities), internships, gap years, apprenticeships, and other sponsored programme possibilities. An important objective of all we do is to help foster a more interactive community of families who will continue to support each other and the work of UWC GB emotionally, practically, and financially in the longer term. In this, we are on a learning curve into some uncharted but exciting territory using new tools. We look forward to the continued support of the UWC community, and especially thank all our hard-working UWCGB staﬀ and volunteers, past, present and future! Please get in touch if you have any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Engagement & Fundraising
Hugh Davies UWC GB Vice Chair UWC Atlantic ‘81
The Community Engagement and Fundraising Taskforce works to raise the profile of UWC GB. We do this by helping to increase membership, attracting donors and enhancing engagement with our partners, such as the UWC International Oﬀice, the UWCs themselves, members and supporters, UK based alumni, potential students and their families. The Taskforce is also developing and implementing fundraising activities to raise money for the UWC GB ‘scholarship fund’ and support the running of the organisation. Community Engagement Over the past year the team has focused on sustaining contact with our membership through Covid while ensuring that we have close contact with our supporters and volunteers to maintain the levels of engagement required to manage key activities. Membership has grown slightly in 2020, to around 400, but there are rumoured to be over 7,000 UWC alumni living in this country, so we have room for growth! Our focus for 2021 is on growing the number of members further, while at the same time creating opportunities for all to become more active in supporting the work of UWC GB. To develop more active engagement with our members we have invested in a membership database that will enable personal information to be updated and managed securely online and for us to reach out to our members in a more focused way. It also allows us to manage more eﬀectively the
process of becoming and staying a member of UWC GB and lets us handle donations directly without having to pay fees to intermediaries. We are keen to canvas our current and potential membership on plans to introduce an annual fee for all those who are able to pay. Many other European National Committees already charge a fee, or subscription, to help fund their activities and to enable the development of the National Committee. We hope that, as we grow our membership numbers, this can be seen as a way of strengthening the UWC community in this country, and supporting its professionalisation, sustainability, as well as enabling better support for our students and alumni. Fundraising
With the support of our Fundraising Advisory Group, established in early 2020, we developed our first fundraising campaign which raised over £10,000 last year for scholarship support. The funds have already
helped us make it possible for two British students to attend their respective UWCs by closing funding gaps that have enabled their dreams to be realised. For 2021 we are targeting £20,000 to help us ensure that, in connection with other part-scholarship funds provided by the Colleges, we are able to oﬀer at least one Full Open Scholarship, the majority of which has been raised by UWC alumni and friends in this country, for a British student to attend UWC. Going forward we aim to grow this until we are able to provide a Full Open Scholarship for a British student from funds raised by UWC GB each year. The 2021 campaign is now live on JustGiving (check it out here!). Please take a look and oﬀer feedback and hopefully a contribution, however small. The more support we have from the UWC family in this country, the more students we will be able to nominate from the UK independent of means. Next steps As we emerge from the pandemic, the Taskforce is focused on building the UWC GB community with a particular focus on bringing on a significant number of new members and volunteers to the organisation and building the case for and desire to donate to the emerging UWC GB scholarship fund. We also aim to support the Promotions Taskforce in helping to significantly boost applicants to UWCs and are looking to increase the number of UWC-related activities held in regions across Great Britain, to engage our membership and embrace the UWC ideals. To support our increased level of activity and start transforming our ideas into action, we are seeking to expand our core team and bring in 6-8 new volunteers, with interests in communications, research, event planning, network coordination and other areas. We have recently taken on a part-time Community Engagement & Fundraising Coordinator, Philly Elkington, to drive this work forward, as well as having the support of an experienced group of advisors, and the brilliant work done by Mueez Abdur-Rahman (UWCAC Alum ‘16) on building a suitable and user-friendly UWC GB supporter platform. We are an active Taskforce that meets fortnightly. Please contact email@example.com if you have some time and energy to oﬀer support to our team. Next year will be the 60th anniversary of the UWC movement. We are already developing our plans to mark all the great things that have happened since 1962 and hope more volunteers will want to join our team to help lead the celebrations.
Strengthening Our Organisation - Operations updates Governance & Strategy The Governance team has had a brilliant year, going from strength to strength. We have made great progress in conducting a comprehensive and thorough review of UWC GB’s existing policies and procedures, revamping them to ensure they are fit for purpose.
Emma Franck-Gwinnell Governance Volunteer LPCUWC ‘16
Tegan Evans UWC GB Secretary LPCUWC ‘16
This year saw UWC GB create the “United World College National Committee of Great Britain Strategy 2021 - 2022.” Led by the Governance Taskforce, this process involved a number of informal workshops where each Taskforce was invited to reflect on their progress and work over the last year. This included evaluating what went well and what could be improved upon in order to create individual Taskforce goals to be achieved by next April. The workshops were seen as a valuable exercise. Taking the time to pause and reflect was really helpful in ensuring the strategy was concise, relevant, and would enable the growth of the NC and to help design a roadmap for how they can achieve their strategic aims. After synthesizing the specific Taskforce goals into a UWC GB strategy, it was formally adopted by the NC in April. We hope that the goals and ambitions identified and set throughout this process will guide the NC and Taskforces over the next year and provide a useful insight to our stakeholders, members, and community on our direction as a National Committee. The incredible coordination and eﬀort to achieve this was all thanks to our strong and dedicated core taskforce members: Anna Moses (UWCRCN ‘09 alumna); Olivia Clymer (UWC Parent overseeing the taskforce whose experience and insight has been invaluable); Emma Franck-Gwinnell (LPCUWC ‘16 alumna who came on board in late 2020 - she has been instrumental in moving forward the policy review and in designing the strategy workshops for the taskforces); Gareth Williams (UWCAC ‘09 alum); and Tegan Evans (LPCUWC ‘16 alumna and UWC GB’s secretary). The Year Ahead Over the next year we aim to complete our review of UWC GB’s policies and procedures to ensure that UWC GB can work eﬀiciently and run smoothly, and will support the individual
taskforces and volunteers where necessary in order to fulfil the UWC GB strategy. We will also review UWC GB’s strategy and aim to build on it for future years. This is all, of course, in addition to our work resolving ad hoc organisational governance queries, preparing the UWC GB annual report and AGM, and ensuring the governance of UWC GB is fit for purpose. To help us achieve our goals for the year ahead, we would love to welcome new members who are interested in supporting UWC GB in reaching its strategic goals! We meet on a fortnightly basis throughout the year on Tuesday evenings, and have a number of social activities planned for when we can finally meet in person (spoiler alert: these plans may or may not include a park and some beverages!). Please do not hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Gareth Williams Volunteer Coordinator UWCAC ‘09
The strength of UWC Great Britain lies with our passionate and dedicated volunteers. This past year we have been able to welcome new volunteers to our organisation to help with and build on the work which we do. Despite diﬀicult challenges in not being able to meet, socialise and work together in person, our volunteers’ resilience and contributions have allowed us to move forward and adapt to ensure we continue to deliver our mission.
We currently have over 35 volunteers with us, as part of taskforces, advisory groups or with on-going projects. We are also extremely fortunate to have had over 65 additional volunteers this past year who have stepped in on occasions to support certain events and projects, such as with our Online Orientation event, student mentoring and most recently at our online selections process. We also have the amazing support of our current students, who despite their commitments and busy lives at UWC, are still able to give back and support us in many ways. The commitment of our volunteers is exemplified by the work of our amazing trustees. Over the past year we have welcomed new trustees to the committee and increased our numbers from 9 to 14. We are really pleased to have a diverse group of people, each aﬀiliated with UWC in a diﬀerent way, to direct and lead our organisation into the next year. We are exceptionally grateful to each volunteer who has been able to support UWC GB in any way over the previous year. We hope to continue to welcome many new volunteers to our organisation, and encourage anyone who may be interested in being involved to get in touch at email@example.com! Working with a brilliant group of people is incredibly rewarding and our organization will continue to be shaped by the passion and commitment of our volunteers.
Safeguarding Given our focus on working with teenagers, there is always a need for Val Murray safeguarding expertise across UWC GB. Safeguarding Oﬀicer To that end, we ensure that several of Parent the Trustees come from relevant backgrounds and have experience in safeguarding vulnerable individuals. This year we have continued in the core objectives of ensuring that training is provided for all of our volunteers who are interacting with candidates or students and done that in the new online, Zoom-based normal. We also always recognise the need to continuously develop our skills in this area and support others to do the same. This year, we’ve updated our Safeguarding policy to provide increased clarity and recognise our organisational evolution. Although the UWC International Oﬀice plans for a European-wide safeguarding group have been put on hold given COVID-19 pressures we have really appreciated the training that the UWC International Oﬀice team has provided for both our Designated Safeguarding Oﬀicer and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Oﬀicer.
Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion This is a new taskforce, one which some of our members may be unfamiliar with. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement last year, the UWC alumni community (particularly in both the ‘UWC Alumni’ and ‘UWC Foodies’ Facebook groups) had some diﬀicult and enlightening conversations about how race has played into, and continues to play into, people’s experiences at and relationships with UWC. Within UWC GB, we realised that we could do
Pema l’Anson JEDI & Promotions Volunteer UWCAC ‘16
more as an organisation in accounting for racism, along with other forms of discrimination and prejudice. Some dedicated members set up our new Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) taskforce. These include Pema (also in Promotions Team), Perveez (also in Health & Wellbeing Team), Mueez (IT Support Oﬀicer), Olivia (also in Governance &
Strategy Teams), Gareth (also in Selections, and Community Engagement Teams), and Matthew (Chair). The spread of members from other taskforces is deliberate, as we want to ensure the JEDI principles are cohesive, practical, and integral to everything we do within the NC. This taskforce is still in its infancy, and we are continuing to develop our aims and deliverables. However, we have had a number of positive developments already. In the late summer and autumn last year, we shared two statements; one on UWC GB’s support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the other on our recognition of our need to develop this taskforce and the responsibility we take as regards anti-racism (you can read it here). We also developed and delivered a workshop on anti-racism, colonialism, and privilege to our zero year students at Orientation 2020, and will be making this a regular fixture of Orientations in the future. In January, we held an Open Forum, bringing in Albertus Aochamub, a UWC Atlantic alumnus and Namibian ambassador to France, to facilitate. There we heard stories and ideas from people across the UWC movement, from current students to alumni to volunteers to staﬀ members, and this has helped us both clarify our purpose as well as hone in on some issues closer to home that we are able to solve. As a result of this meeting, we were able to connect
with some of our current students at a UWC to help support them with issues they’ve been experiencing, and have recently had a meeting with the school’s staﬀ to further clarify the situation and advocate on the students’ behalf. This spring, we worked with students at UWC Atlantic’s Peace Council, who designed and delivered workshops on oppression, privilege, colonialism, historical racism, and much more, as part of their Project Week. The workshops were delivered to our recently selected zero years in preparation for their own UWC experiences. We hope to continue working with the Atlantic students and expand these workshops to our own trustees and volunteers. As we move forward we intend to work closely and support other taskforces including promotions and selections, to ensure that we are able to reach as diverse a group of potential applicants as possible, and continue to ensure our process does not discriminate or disadvantage any candidate in any way. We also look forward to working alongside the UWC IO’s new steering group on anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion. We are always looking for more volunteers, especially those with relevant experience and skills, so if you are interested please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to get you involved!
Richard Hills UWC GB Treasurer Parent
The last financial year ended as the covid crisis was just beginning and the end of this financial year aligns with the beginning of return to normality after the most recent lockdown. As you might imagine, the year has impacted UWC GB in many ways, including finances. Our accounts are currently in draft being finalised and will be shared with our membership and community as part of our Annual General Meeting. However, I am not expecting a significant change in the total amounts shared below. Currently there are four separate financial streams in UWC GB finances. We have a general fund which accounts for most of the cost of the committee’s activity. More recently, we have two separate grants from the UWC International Oﬀice and UWC Atlantic, and the development of the UWC GB scholarship fund stemming from the work of our Fundraising Taskforce. Putting these four diﬀerent financial streams together, we end this financial year with a total of £26,419.47 which is just short of £400 less than last year, in other words very similar amounts. Our total income was £30,405.21, and our total expenditure was £30,776.53. General Fund In the general fund last year we started with £14,774.57. We generated £15,359.03 in income and our expenditure from this fund was £17,442.59. So going into the next year we have £12,691.01 remaining in the general fund. Income which is used to support all functions of UWC GB, arises from application fees, orientation weekend fees, donations from individuals and charitable donations, and commission from travel insurance through Coe Insurance. Application fees totalled £12,281.00 this year, very similar to last year. Due to COVID safety considerations, Orientation weekend went online in 2020 which resulted in a considerable drop in the income gathered from that and although the expenditure was also considerably less, we made a loss on orientation of about £800 but only because of fees held over from last year. The previous year, there was a surplus of more than £2000. Other income from donations and commissions total about £2000. The bulk of our expenditure comes from employing a Selections Coordinator over the past two years. Covid
has had a significant impact in the way that we operate and so all the committee meetings and selections processes have been conducted online resulting in a significant drop in costs for travel in particular. In the previous year, we spent approximately £1500 supporting committee activity and over £5000 on selections (such as volunteer travel expenses). In comparison, this year has incurred just less than £600.00 on Zoom subscriptions which account for all the expense in these two areas. Scholarship Fund The scholarship fund started with £620.15 and we have being in receipt of £11,208.72 through extensive fundraising by members of UWC GB and in the current year we have spent £2095.70. This latter amount will be a recurrent cost for second year of school fees support. We are looking at the most eﬀective ways to use this sum to support our current prospective students. UWC IO and UWC Atlantic Grants In a previous year, we were in receipt of an IO grant of £15,000. At the beginning of this year we had £7286.52 left which we have spent in this current year. UWC Atlantic supports us with a grant originally of £8000 to promote UWC applications, increasing numbers of student and their diversity. In the previous year, we spent approximately £4000 of that and they topped us up to make it £8000 again this year. In the current financial year we spent £4091.24. In Summary Overall UWC GB finances are reasonably healthy. However, it is absolutely necessary to continue to support the selections team with paid administrative personnel, and given the continued increase in activity of all our volunteers, we will need look at how we support them moving forwards.
Life at a UWC - Student reflections GB First Year Student I am a current firstie at Atlantic College, part of the GBNC’s 2020 intake, The Covid Year Group! UWC was something that I had known about and been interested in since I was about 10 years old. However, by the time it came for me to apply, I was quite anxious about the whole thing and even considered not applying for a short minute as I wasn't sure if I could take potentially getting rejected from my dream school. Nevertheless, I ended up applying and despite a few complications, namly my accidentally applying through the wrong route, I finally submitted my application, had my selection day and was nervously awaiting the response. If I am honest, I had pretty much convinced myself that I didn't even really want to go, as a way to deal with the anticipation. But on the evening of Valentine’s Day when my email arrived to let me know that I had been nominated for a place at Atlantic College, I literally burst into tears of elation and relief! That was 15 months ago. Looking back now, those feelings are a somewhat of a half forgotten dream, as AC has gone from being this amazing, unattainable fantasy to my very real reality. Safe to say, it is nothing like I expected. Not better nor worse, simply dramatically diﬀerent to anything that i could have imagined. If i'm completely honest, the past 8 months have been the most exhausting, stressful and overwhelming experience of my life so far. Especially as we have been on campus, unable to leave for the last 4.5 months. But they have also been the most incredible, heartwarming, uniting and life changing months of my life. I can not speak for all UWCs but this description, I think, sums up the essence of AC as best as one can. I am well aware that it is cheesy but, as Dickens wrote all those years ago, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...”
The amount I have grown and matured here is something I truly believe would not have happened anywhere else. I have become more myself than I thought possible. The level of community, acceptance and enthusiasm still continues to astound and elate me on a daily basis. I am so grateful to the GBNC, AC, my family and everyone else involved for this incredible opportunity that, no matter how tired or overloaded I become, I wouldn't give up for all the boulders on St Donat’s Beach!
GB Second Year Student Studying at UWC Thailand, with students from over 60 other nations, from diﬀerent cultures, each unique person with their own aspirations, allowed me to develop as a person exponentially. The opportunities at UWCT were unbelievable, and I made sure to take each one as they came (often daily, to my amazement). Moreover, it is the community that makes the experience so wonderful, allowing one to enjoy themselves thoroughly whilst becoming the best version of themselves. Each part of my day was filled with the presence of another classmate, mentor, or teacher, who would inspire me in some way. Whichever one it was, they were also always a supportive friend.
I would eat breakfast with my classmates and mentors. Among them were ‘The Swimmers’ – those who had just finished their morning training session – who are soon competing for places to represent their nations at the Olympics. After discussing our world views over a delicious, healthy breakfast, it would be oﬀ to lessons. Learning about the world around us in the sciences, backed up by mathematical knowledge, being applied to real world issues in the Theory of Knowledge and Global Politics classrooms, analysing texts in literature, and studying a second language. Then dinner and again a heated debate about how we are best to govern the issues of our world. After enjoying the normal school day, we would head oﬀ to our fun filled extra-curricular activities. For me that was mostly: Scuba Diving (where we would go out diving on the Saturday to monitor the coral reefs before entering our observations on the Monday in a ‘classroom session’); Space Settlement Design (in which we competed in a competition to design a settlement to send humans to Mars (to which we made the finals of Asia where we achieved second place!)); Football, (training and playing games against other schools); and Debate (in which we would practise and debate against other schools).
Although I have been fortunate to have had a fantastic experience, it was made unique through the situation regarding COVID-19 and not being able to travel home for over 16 months. With the passing of a close relative within this period, this had the potential to be extremely emotionally distressing. However, with the support of the community, I was able to not only keep going, but improve just as much as my peers. Starting to run as part of the exercise schedule at the beginning of lockdown, with the coaching of a mentor who is a triathlete and alongside one of my great friends, we kept this up throughout and after lockdown. Compared to two years ago, when my father could not make me run 3 miles, I am now proud to say I can run a half marathon (we did so together for the first time the day before leaving UWC Thailand). Competing in a 10km race a few months ago, I came in 2nd place to my friend, and I now proudly display it at home. It may not be the Olympic gold medal that some of my swimming friends may one day achieve, but it is to me.
GB Zero Year Student I first heard about UWC over 18 months ago in the summer of 2019. I was thinking of doing the IB and everywhere I turned someone was telling me about UWC, so I looked into the movement. I was instantly drawn to the cultural diversity and international connection. For a long time now I have wanted to work in international relations with refugees and conflict resolution in the Middle East. UWC was the perfect place to start.
I applied. I learned a lot; especially about how people see me. I would never have imagined my closest friends thinking I was on Owl! I was accepted to interview and after a week of illness, we drove to Atlantic College, discussing why I wanted to meet Jack the Ripper and listening to Bob Dylan full blast. It was an extraordinary day of education, experience and exhaustion. Just under 2 months later my school was closed down overnight and after two of the most stressful weeks of my life I was told I hadn't been accepted (I know! Great way to top it all oﬀ!). I was determined, absolutely determined to get in the next year. I went over the feedback from my unsuccessful interview, read up on politics, built my activism, litter picked, hiked – a bit random but lovely – and applied again. This time my mum told me my true essence was an essential oil diﬀuser.
The online interview went a lot better, and magically the interviewers brought all the fun and adventure of the last year on to a screen. I chose my colleges. My mum didn't want me to go to the Far East. She said “I can't walk there if there's a world war”. Finally, in my brother's university house on a sunny February day I got the email nominating me to UWC-USA. I think I woke his whole house up with my excitement! My Grandmother is from the US. It's amazing that the National Committee picked the college where I have so many connections. Since then I have been preparing to start what I hope to be the most incredible, eye-opening experience of my life.
Giving Back - Volunteer reflections UWC values stay with you - Why I became a Trustee It is near thirty years since I left Atlantic College as an alumna (AC to us then, UWC Atlantic now). My AC cohort has only recently managed to reconnect via social media groups and the now daily and constant chatter from friends who remain more like family is a constant reminder of the centrality of UWC to my life. We continue to travel together, recognising the fast-changing world and helping each other see better over our shoulders. These are all constant reminders of what I was so privileged to experience. My take-away from UWC was to oﬀer service and to make that the starting point of engagement; and yet, family life and an academic career has meant a lot less of that than I would like. A couple of years ago I went down to AC to train as a Selections volunteer for the GB National Committee. I must have said something to someone because soon thereafter I was asked whether I would be
Perveez Mody Trustee, UWCGB UWC Atlantic 89 - 91
interested in becoming a Trustee! I felt I should, because I continue to feel strongly committed to Kurt Hahn’s vision and somehow both my children have internalised this too. I live and teach Social Anthropology at a University in the UK and have extensive experience that can be helpful in understanding how the diﬀerent schools work and also in supporting our young students and their parents as they embark on their new lives. I work on the Health & Wellbeing Taskforce and the Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity Taskforce. One of the joys of joining the National Committee has been to work with some very lovely people but especially the younger members of the team and to recognise in them the common denominators of the UWC education across generations. Their lightning-speed energy, ready idealism and generosity are strong reminders of the way in which this particular form of education – packed thick and fast, can bring about change. One year on, I feel that the National Committee is already quite diﬀerent to the one I joined, and that is exciting.
An opportunity for all - Why I became a Volunteer I was introduced to UWC by my son at the start of his GCSE final year. He was looking for an alternative to A-levels, and a form of further education that would encourage his passion for worldwide political change. Therefore an international school along with the chance to study abroad were high on his wish list. Despite having spent twenty plus years in education, I was woefully ignorant of both UWC and their ethos. My own journey with UWC GB did not start until I attended the selection process at UWC Atlantic College alongside a tense teenager. The impressive exterior of AC was surpassed by the genuine enthusiasm, dedication and good humour of the UWCGB volunteers that I met on the day. At the time I was unaware that this was the start of a wonderful journey for the whole family. My son graduated from UWC Pearson last year and is now studying in the USA. Along the way there were plenty of highs and lows, during which time we were hugely grateful for the wholehearted support and advice of numerous UWC GB personal. Whatever the situation, there was always someone at hand to provide sensible, honest assistance for young and old alike. It felt right to contribute to the eﬀorts of the GB National Committee, and my first opportunity came at an Orientation Weekend when we were able to meet in person in the Peak District. Being rich in time, it was not long before my duties had multiplied, and I found myself involved in
Andrew Morris Volunteer, UWCGB Parent
the Schools Outreach Team and Selections. The whole process proved fascinating, and I have enormous respect for those students that are ultimately successful. Now additionally part of the Promotions branch of UWC GB, my role has focused on ensuring that UWC no longer remains ‘one of the best kept secrets in education’. Our aims include increasing the number, quality and diversity of applicants. Through volunteering for UWC GB I have worked with some truly incredible people potential students, Year Zeros, 1’s & 2’s along with a wide range of alumni and parents. The common bond has been a firm commitment to UWC values. We will always need volunteers; some who are able to oﬀer a brief or one-oﬀ commitment, others who are able to bring a variety of skills for a longer period of time. In every sense UWC is an opportunity for all.
Strategy 2021 - 2022 UWC Great Britain has an exciting year of growth and development ahead in order to build the best possible organisation to deliver our core mission and functions. Created through bottom-up, Taskforce-driven workshops, combined with a high-level analysis to identify gaps, groundwork and areas to address, UWC GB presents its strategy for 2021-2022 which identifies key targets, goals and areas of development to be achieved and met by the next strategy review session in 2022. These goals are centred around building organisational eﬀiciency, and include building a high level of internal eﬀiciency, delivering our core functions, and developing stronger external relationships. By achieving these targets, we will build on an already strong foundation to become a stronger and more resilient organisation. If you have any questions about our Strategy or would be interested in helping develop future strategies for UWC Great Britain, please get in touch at email@example.com!
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Welcome to the United World Colleges National Committee of Great Britain's (UWC GB) Annual Report 2021! We hope you will enjoy reading abou...
Published on May 28, 2021
Welcome to the United World Colleges National Committee of Great Britain's (UWC GB) Annual Report 2021! We hope you will enjoy reading abou...