The Core Challenge

A message from John Sturrock, founder and senior mediator at Core:

On 22 January 2021, we at Core celebrate the 20th anniversary of our launch. To mark the occasion and to encourage the next generation, we’d like to invite young professionals who are really interested in mediation to take part in The Core Challenge.

We invite you to submit a short (up to 1000 words) presentation on this topic:

What one change would make a real difference and increase the use of mediation in civil and commercial cases in Scotland?”.

We’ll read them and rank them and the winning entry will receive The Core @20 Prize of £750 or, if the author prefers, a heavily discounted place on our next mediation training course. 

The winning entry and other meritorious entries will also be considered for a possible online publication to celebrate The Core Challenge which, I am pleased to say, is supported by the Young Mediators Group (whose inauguration I played a part in many years ago!).

The Challenge is open to anyone who is a young professional – under 35 and on a professional journey.

Entries to be submitted by Monday 15 February to 


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