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.