Changing Perceptions

Changing Perceptions is a strand of BRT focused on supporting active citizenship among our student and staff community.

  • We want to talk about issues that aren’t often discussed.

  • We aspire to solve challenging problems.

  • We are working towards building a community of change-makers.

Changing Perceptions is an interactive workshop series open to students, staff and network partners aspiring to shape, share and develop ideas that have a positive impact on society, the economy and communities. Changing Perceptions also creates a culture of recognising team diversity and multi-disciplinary working. We intend to encourage curiosity, raise the level of debate and challenge students and staff to take action.

We believe that by leading groups through a problem-solving framework we can incubate their ideas and projects to the point where they can have a commercial or social impact. Hopefully both. The initiative fundamentally follows the design thinking approach and enables team-based problem finding and problem solving. Students are given tools that foster active listening, ideation, innovation and collaboration.


  • We have a diverse, talented, inspiring, highly motivated student community, along with the pro-active staff and alumni.
  • They need a framework with which they can collaborate and make a contribution to the university, the surrounding community, and the world as a whole.
  • Make better people and a better place – The experience will make the institution a compassionate community and the people within, better individuals.

Our approach

  • The programme follows an unconventional approach of implementing the five magic word algorithm, “Awareness – Debate – Analysis – Reflection – Action”
  • • Awareness – Develop an understanding of issues concerning social good, social responsibility and social prejudices in democratic societies around us.• Debate – Initiate a dialogue and inculcate the culture of questioning preconceived perceptions• Analysis – Identify and develop a relationship between oneself and the personal experiences; followed by an idea generation workshop to focus on the solutions• Reflection – Encouraging participants to reflect on their learnings, experiences and pre-conceived stereotypes and belief system

    • Action – Equip individuals to gather the courage to question the unquestioned with knowledge and skills so that they can contribute by developing enterprising mind-sets and their own CP projects

What people say

  • “Regular workshops at various locations would be of benefit in reaching a wider audience and focusing on increased amount of engagement. Always good to have large numbers, however it is important to not have too many in order to have a proper discussion.”

  • – Attendee
  • “It is very necessary and important to have regular workshops of similar nature to embrace the diversity and to change our perceptions”

  • – Attendee
  • “The structure of the presentation was satisfactory and beneficial. I learned a lot about hate crime and Islamophobia and how to report it. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenging ideas part in the Design 4 Community workshop.”

  • – Attendee
  • “Useful and informative presentations to open the event. It is important to consider the time allotted for Q/A round as that’s the most important part.”

  • – Attendee

Past events


  • Changing Perceptions: Social Innovation in the Himalayas


  • Changing Perceptions : Tackling Prejudice & Hate Crime
  • Changing Perceptions: Student innovation in rural communities

  • Changing Perceptions: Putting the Trans in Transparency

  • Changing Perceptions – Gloag Foundation

  • Changing Perceptions: How might we build a sustainable society?

  • Changing Perceptions – Diversity & Graduate Social Mobility

  • Changing Perceptions – From the Himalayas to New Heights


  • Changing Perceptions on Corruption
  • Encouraging Inclusion: Understanding Disability Rights

  • What does LGBTI mean to you?

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