Opportunities

Here you'll find information about events, grants and opportunities relating to sustainability. Expand your understanding, knowledge and skills; start a project; connect with inspiring folk wanting to change the world! Get involved, basically. 

 

Events

Manchester Environmental Education Network conference - 20th March 2017

Manchester Environmental Education Network have invited policy makers, educators and trade unions from each of the four nations to share their ideas and draw practical conclusions as we witness the growing intergenerational impact of climate change. Students and students' union reps very welcome! If you want to find out more or book a place, contact Raichale Lock on coordinator@meen.org.uk.

International Student Sustainability Research Symposium 2017 - University of Southampton

On Friday 21 April 2017, students will gather for the Meliora: International Student Sustainability Research Symposium which will be the second International Symposium held at the University of Southampton. The Symposium will showcase the newest undergraduate and postgraduate student research looking to help the world meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The word Meliora is a Latin term meaning ‘for the pursuit of the better’ which we feel encompasses the aim of the Symposium to contribute towards the SDGs.

Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) conference

Following on from the NUS Student Summit held in November 2016, the EAUC have incorporated a number of workshops into the conference programme that will be particularly relevant for students and students’ union representatives who want to help drive sustainability to the heart of their activities.  

In partnership with NUS, these workshops will provide insight into current ‘hot-topic’ sustainability issues and offer the practical skills needed to make change happen. The conference will bring student officers and institution staff together to promote how working together can lead to success. Relevant sessions are marked in the programme.

Student day passes are available from £70+VAT and full conference student passes are available from £158+VAT.

Webinars on careers in sustainability by the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC)

The EAUC is hosting lunchtime webinars throughout March 2017, so that you can join the conversation and hear from people working and supporting sustainability careers.These will be made available as videos to watch or share, but attending on the day will mean you can actively engage with the speakers to ensure your questions are answered.
 

Grants

Green Impact microgrants

As part of Green Impact@10, and thanks to the UNESCO award prize, we plan to give out £10,000 this year through micro grants. The grants are open to all current Green Impact participants (students’ unions, college partnerships, university teams and community organisation teams). We hope the funding will enable participants to achieve Green Impact criteria that they otherwise couldn’t achieve due to budgetary restrictions, as well as funding new and exciting ideas and initiatives linked to Green Impact criteria.

National Vegetarian Week 2017 

The Vegetarian Society is offering grants of up to £2,000 for activities or events that celebrate National Vegetarian Week 2017, which will take place from 15 to 21 May. The Society is providing grants of funding for events and activities that attract those beginning their vegetarian journey, meat-reducers and the veggie-curious, but are inclusive of the wider vegetarian community.

The Environment Now - digital innovation to solve environmental problems

National Youth Agency in partnership with O2 Think Big are launching an exciting programme aimed at 17-24 year olds in the UK. The Environment Now will fund young people up to £10,000 to use digital technology to find innovative solutions to pressing environmental issues.

 

Other opportunities

The Documentary Film Makers' Cooperative is seeking contributors

This cooperative is building up a new multi-media project called I’m on the Wild Side, for young people, on urban nature. They are seeking content (photos, reflections, a blog, or diary entryetc.) about nature to collate people's stories and experiences on their website. The I’m on the Wild Side project, when fully running, will offer free workshops for young people in making nature report documentary videos.

International essay competition for young people (The Goi Peace Foundation)

Modern civilization has developed through controlling nature and exploiting its resources. At the same time, we human beings are part of the natural world, and nature has many things to teach us. Scientists, philosophers, poets, and artists have all found inspiration in nature. What can we learn from nature, and how can we make use of that learning for the future? Please describe your ideas, including your own observations and experiences.

Deadline: 15th June 2017

vInspired Eco Talent Project 

Environmental training and volunteering programme for young people (16 to 25) - gain skills, experience and be part of an exciting social action project. All expenses paid!

UK Youth Climate Coalition 

There are some excellent and varied opportunities here. The UK Youth Climate Coalition is one of the most exciting, innovative, energised and passionate organisations campaigning on climate change in the UK and around the world. They are an organisation entirely made of young people (18-29) based in the UK who volunteer their time to fight climate change issues.

Student placements with NUS's sustainability department

During your work placement you will be responsible for one main project. You will be required to work alongside and liaise with other members of the team, whilst receiving regular support and supervision as you scope, research, plan and undertake a specific piece of work. Here are the projects available, and the application form