Launch Day

The Waterline Student Challenge (Virtual)


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Monday 18th October - Sponsored by SSE Thermal

Virtual event start: 11:30am

Event Close: 1:00pm


This is the inaugural year of The Waterline Student Challenge - a unique opportunity for students aged 11-18 to play their part in finding the solutions to harmful environmental problems. Over the past six months, students have demonstrated their passion for sustainability, by delivering innovative and inspiring eco projects. Projects have now been judged by regional businesses that will each deliver an exciting behind-the-scenes visit for the 6 selected finalists. This opportunity is additional to a cash prize for each finalist team.

This event will share the exciting finalist projects, with the successful teams joining us to share more about the motivations behind their work and why they were inspired to get involved in the challenge.

We will hear from the Student Challenge Business Sponsor, SSE Thermal, alongside other business representatives, about the importance of inspiring the next generation to start their green, sustainable careers here in the Humber during what is, and will continue to be, a hugely exciting time for the region.

Finally, the overall Student Challenge Winner will be crowned - winning an additional cash prize for their school, college, or youth club, as well as the exciting opportunity to join SSE Thermal in Glasgow during the COP26 conference to share their winning project.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Kate Wallace Lockhart, Group’s Head of Social Impact, SSE
  • Beckie Hart, Director for Yorkshire & the Humber, CBI (Confederation of British Industry)
  • Sue Allan, Finance Director, Willerby
  • Mark Blenkinsop, Head of Estates, KCOM
  • Finalists from The Waterline Student Challenge teams
  • Andrew Percy, Member of Parliament for Brigg & Goole and the Isle of Axholme

Kate Wallace Lockhart, Group’s Head of Social Impact, SSE Thermal, will deliver the welcome and launch The Waterline Student Challenge, setting the scene for the challenge and announcing the 6 finalist teams.

This will be followed by The Waterline Student Challenge Film which will give an overview of the work of the six finalist teams from around the region.

Keynote Speaker, Beckie Hart, Regional Director Yorkshire & the Humber at CBI (Confederation of British Industry) will discuss the importance of engaging students in sustainability for businesses of the future, while Sue Allan (Finance Director, Willerby) and Mark Blenkinsop (Head of Estates, KCOM), will share the experience of being a judge and describe the opportunities and benefits for students engaging with our local businesses. Willerby, alongside 5 other regional companies - ABP, KCOM, Orsted, Yorkshire Water and SSE Thermal - are providing VIP 'behind the scene' experiences for each of the finalist teams, allowing students to learn about the sustainable projects of scale taking place around the region and also learn about the sustainable careers for the future.

The 6 winning teams will be zoomed in live to talk briefly about their projects and why they wanted to take part in The Waterline Student Challenge.

Finally, the overall winning team will be crowned by Andrew Percy MP, and will be offered the amazing experience of attending COP26 with SSE Thermal to present their project in Glasgow.


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