Common Purpose 33Sixty
East London

Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC, The Commonwealth Secretary-General

“The world is facing enormous challenges; we need you to be part of the solution.”

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC, is inviting you to tackle some of the world's most pressing challenges, today.

33Sixty is a leadership programme that equips aspiring Commonwealth leaders (aged 18-30) with the skills and the networks to make a difference, now. You will work within an international group to develop solutions to some of the planet’s most pressing issues.

You will then get the chance to present your ideas to the Commonwealth Secretary-General as she searches for exciting new initiatives to champion on the global stage.

The world needs leaders now. Become a leader with 33Sixty.

Stessy Nyaga, Student, University of East London

“I’m so pleased to see this whole programme come together, it has been a true inspiration and the first of a kind for me which has blown my mind!”

The programme

What happens on the programme?

As a participant, you will tackle a Challenge of fundamental importance to the Commonwealth and the wider world: “What can our generation of the Commonwealth do now to make our cities more inclusive and safe in 2030?”

You will explore the Challenge through:

  • in-depth conversations with talented leaders from all sectors
  • behind-the-scenes visits to a range of incredible organizations
  • engaging with interactive online content
  • group work with other exceptional young leaders

On the final day of the programme, you will present your responses to the Challenge to a panel of senior leaders and stakeholders, and ultimately to the Secretary General of the Commonwealth.

Who could you meet?

During the four day programme, you will explore the Challenge first-hand, speaking to leaders from and visiting organizations such as:

  • HSBC
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Oxfam
  • BBC
  • International
  • Red Cross 
  • Siemens 
  • NHS 
  • Santander



10-13 April 2017


University of East London, Stratford

How much?


*Please note that travel to the programme will not be covered.


Participating in 33Sixty gives you:
  • The opportunity to have your voice heard at the highest levels of a global institution
  • The ability to make a difference to your community, the Commonwealth and wider world
  • The leadership skills to succeed in your studies, your career and your civic life
  • Cultural Intelligence – the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures
  • Access to global networks and an alumni community of engaged citizens.
A global network

33Sixty connects you with other exceptional leaders through the Common Purpose 360 network, the virtual space where the growing Common Purpose alumni network of leaders convenes to debate, learn and create solutions for local and global challenges.

This programme is an initiative of the Commonwealth Secretary-General 

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states.

It is home to 2.2 billion citizens, of which more than 60 per cent are under the age of 30. The Commonwealth includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, spanning five regions. Thirty-one of its members are small states, many of them island nations.

We are proud to partner with UEL and thank them for their support of East London 33Sixty.

The University of East London (UEL) is a vibrant, modern university with a highly diverse population of students and staff drawn from more than 160 nationalities. It comprises seven schools, two research institutes and more than 45 research centres and groups.

UEL is a forward-thinking place of learning which embraces new technology and innovative ways of teaching but which remains rooted in its local community. Its aim is to become London’s leading university for civic engagement, with students being given opportunities to learn on real-world projects in London and abroad and its academic community delivering high-impact, socially relevant research.

We are proud to partner with Queen Mary University of London and thank them for their support of East London 33Sixty.

Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions and a member of the Russell Group. With 23,120 students and 4,000 staff representing 162 nationalities, Queen Mary has been rated as one of the top 25 most internationally diverse universities in the world.

We teach and research across a wide range of subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the humanities, social sciences, law, medicine and dentistry (Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry), and science and engineering. 

We are proud to partner with Newham Collage and thank them for their support of East London 33Sixty.

At Newham College, we are committed to raising aspiration through learning, increasing opportunity through innovation and providing a foundation for sustainable economic growth and prosperity.
The College seeks to add value to the social, economic and physical well-being of the community it serves. 

In essence, our aim is a learning and skills revolution across this unique area, leading to resilient, high-achieving and prosperous residents, and to fuller employment.

Katherine McIndoe, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

“I’ve just been so inspired by all my fellow participants they are seriously going places, and working with them has made me excited not just for future action but action we can start right now.”

Participants on a Common Purpose Study Abroad programme share what they have learnt
Aaron Pinto, Western University, Canada

“Wow! What a journey this has been for me. I can’t believe how intense these past few days have been. Thanks for this opportunity. I am incredibly grateful. I have even more inspiration to do more in life.”