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The National Committee

The volunteer National Committee system is possibly unique to UWC. Students enter all of the UWC colleges through their National Commitees, who select students based on their suitability, potential and merit, publicise UWC, raise scholarship funds, support the students before, during and after their time at a college and organise network events for UWC alumni. 

National Committees exist in over 130 different countries and whilst each committee operates as appropriate to their national context all are overseen by the UWC International Board, and its Secretariat (based in London).

Our vision: 
Be representative of, and contribute to, the UWC Community as a whole and its organisations.

Our mission:

  • Select the best possible students for all United World Colleges and Short Courses that represent the diversity of Great Britain in order to enrich the UWC movement 
  • Maximise opportunities for young people in Great Britain to take part in a UWC experience 
  • To nurture an enduring commitment to the UWC ideals in Great Britain
  • Provide support for current students selected by the committee and their parents in order to maximise their UWC experience

What does the Committee do?

The National Committee's main purpose is to select suitable representatives from Great Britain to attend Atlantic College and normally all the other UWCs overseas  each year. In addition, some applicants are offered the opportunity to attend UWC Short Courses, which run for 2 weeks in various parts of the world each year. 

It is also the aim of the National Committee to raise awareness of the United World Colleges in Great Britain, to ensure wider representation of applicants from different economic and cultural backgrounds, in order to more fairly represent the wide spectrum of British society at the various UWCs.

The National Committee acts a link for UWC graduates of any nationality living in Britain. It is an information source for anybody in the UWC community wishing to get involved in UWC-related activities, as well as graduates searching for local contacts in Britain. 

Open meetings and social gatherings are scheduled all over Britain and graduates are encouraged to attend so they can meet other UWCers in their local areas, and keep up to date on UWC and National Committee issues. The UWC 'connection' continues to be an important part of many graduates lives long after they leave UWC, enabling them to meet like-minded individuals working or studying in similar fields, or having similar interests.

Members of the National Committee are volunteers, and receive only minimal expenses for their work. Members are graduates (of any nationality) of the various UWC colleges, Short Course graduates, ex-UWC teachers, parents and friends. We always welcome new volunteers, so please click here if you would like to get involved.

History of UWC Great Britain

The UWC National Committee of Great Britain was set up in 2001. Previously, due to the unique situation of Great Britain hosting the first UWC, Atlantic College had responsibility for student selection, fundraising, publicity and graduate relations. 

Graduates of various UWC colleges decided that an independent committee along the model used elsewhere in the world was needed to provide a representative for the whole UWC movement. The National Committee nevertheless continues to enjoy a close working relationship with Atlantic College.

Annual Report 2015-2016

Our annual report for the year 2015-2016 is available here.

Policies and Procedures

For details on our policies and procedures, please click here.