Student sustainability opportunities
Sustainability at the RAU is a collective benefit and responsibility for the university community – everybody can help create positive change.
One of our main goals of integrating sustainability into our campus is to provide you with exciting opportunities and to help you gain key skills for your future career. We try and use all of our sustainable initiatives within our teaching and research, using the campus as a ‘Living Lab’; as well as offering many extra-curricular activities.
Be the Change
Sustainability in the curriculum
As a student here you will get lots of opportunities to learn about how sustainability is relevant to your subject. This might include doing a case study project assessing how sustainability features can be incorporated into a building conversion project; or perhaps investigating how the long-term management of soils affects agriculture; or working with a local wildlife group to determine the most effective way of restoring the habitat of a rare bird, insect, or plant. Students often visit our farms as part of their programmes to look at how sustainability can be delivered in practice; and you will also have the opportunity to base your dissertation around the projects happening on campus – for example, you might like to review the corporate social responsibility reporting of the University or assess the benefits of the University’s Environmental Management System.
Be the Change Fund
Do you have an idea for a project to enhance sustainability at the RAU? You can apply for up to £100 to make it happen. Applications are open during the Autumn Term.
We have a growing number of opportunities for you to be involved with growing, selling or buying sustainable food during your time at the RAU. In 2017 we launched the first RAU Campus Market, which is run by students for the university community and supported by the NUS and Soil Association, showcasing local and sustainable produce.
We are continuing to install food growing areas around the university, where you can harvest herbs and salads or join in with gardening afternoons. You can also take part in the student beekeeping activities, through practical and theoretical beekeeping lessons, and/or by helping to set up the honey social enterprise.
Green Impact is a National Union of Students (NUS) led scheme, with over 150 Universities and Students Unions currently taking part. Staff teams complete an online workbook throughout the year, logging small environmental actions with the help of student project assistants. Student project assistants gain valuable employability skills such as leadership, project management and team building; as well as the chance to meet new people.
Student Switch Off
If you are living on campus, you can take part in the Student Switch Off competition to save energy and be in with the chance of winning a pizza party for your flat! You can also sign up to be a Student Switch Off Ambassador and develop your communication and leadership skills, whilst taking part in fun activities.
The EnviroSoc is our student-led environmental society. They run a variety of socials including nights out, dinner nights, conservation volunteering activities and day trips; and are involved with many of the projects above.
There are also opportunities to set up environmental campaigning initiatives and feed back ideas to University management.
Student representatives are invited to sit on the University’s Sustainability and Ethics Committee, which meets a minimum of three times per year. This group oversees the RAU’s Environmental Policy, Strategy and Carbon Management Plan to ensure we reach our goals. Each meeting has a dedicated student item for student representatives to feedback ideas and raise any issues.
You can also sit on the Sustainability Working Group which meets regularly to monitor progress against targets and makes positive change.
Other events and activities
The sustainability team and Students Union also organise events and activities throughout the year, such as Dr Bike, Fairtrade Fortnight, and the ‘Be the Change Week’. You can also find out about all our sustainability opportunities during induction week.
For any questions or to register interest about these initiatives or getting involved in other ways, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.