Times Graduate Challenge

A team of seven graduates from Fuller’s have managed to roll their way to success in the 2017 Times Graduate Challenge. Their creative method of raising money by rolling a barrel through central London lead to collecting donations for Shooting Star Chase - a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.


The Times Graduate Challenge, which is now in its 11th year, is designed to equip graduates from businesses across the UK with leadership, communication and problem solving skills. This year over 30 teams from more than 20 different organizations took part in the challenge.

As part of the challenge, we arranged a fundraiser for Shooting Star Chase. We decided on a uniquely Fuller’s idea; a sponsored barrel roll involving pushing a 101kg barrel of beer for 10 miles across London (thanks George Wald…).

We planned a route that started at The Tokenhouse in Central London and ended at the Mawson Arms in Chiswick; including visiting 17 of our Fuller’s pubs on the way! Traversing through 1000’s of tourists (and the Changing of the Guard) in central London was character building, to say the least. Throughout the planning and during the challenge, we raised £1,392.86 worth of donations.

Following our barrel roll, we had a challenge day, where we and teams sent from other companies took part in a series of group activities, putting into practice team theories we had learnt and building on feedback from our dedicated team coach as we progressed through the day. Splitting up in the afternoon gave us a chance to test our skills on new people.

The final part of the day saw the team reforming to take part in a relay race. This included an egg launching challenge which was mastered thanks to a similar challenge in Brewery Connection day the previous month. At the end of the day we took the time for a group feedback session and all left with personal strengths and areas to develop.

We learned a great deal about our individual strengths, as well as the strengths of everyone in our team during the Times Graduate Challenge Day. Approaching the challenge with open minds, positivity and enthusiasm, we gained better understanding on how to adapt our leadership styles to get the most out of each other. Part of the challenge involved supporting each other to feel confident in roles we normally would not naturally gravitate towards. This, combined with mutual trust, means that back in the working environment we are more open to providing active feedback, asking each other for assistance and advice, and adapting to different working situations.