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

Power Shift: training for change 2017 (People and Planet) - 5 - 9 July 2017

"Power Shift is a 5 day training camp that will bring together some of the most inspiring organisers in the UK. We hope to leave you powered up and charged to fight xenophobia, neoliberalism and climate injustice. The right has gained considerable power over the last few years, and we’re running out of time to shift away from rule by elite power, towards justice. Join us this Summer to help create a power shift from a politics of division and persecution to a politics of solidarity."

International Student Sustainability Research Symposium 2017 - University of Southampton - 21 April 2017

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.
 

Grants

Sainsbury's is funding projects that help reduce food waste

Your community can now apply for a portion of the £1million pot Sainsbury’s has allocated to fund local projects to cut food waste and save people money.

Student Eats - start-up costs for food enterprises

This NUS programme is open for applications for £1000 start-up costs and mentoring for new student-led social enterprises focussed on sustainable food. You can apply in the food co-op and food preserving enterprise categories until 23rd June, and there’s an open category, too!

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

Youth Engagement Advisory Group - Canal and River Trust

The Youth Engagement Advisory Group (YEAG) helps the Canal and River Trust to understand more fully the wider context of engaging young people. The chair and members are appointed by the chief executive and serve for terms of up to three years, although this may be renewed for a second term to a maximum of six years.The group typically meets three to four times a year in London. They are now looking for new members to join the group aged between 16 and 24, increasing the capacity of the current advisory group and increasing the young person’s perspective within the group.

Deadline: 20th June 2017

Student officers for NUS's Environmental Sustainablity Advisory Group 

NUS has three vacancies for student officers (sabbatical officers and/or part-time officers) for the year ahead on our Environmental Sustainability Advisory Group. This is a voluntary position, but we do cover all travel and any accommodation required. There are four meetings a year, typically in London. It is a great chance to help shape our work.

Deadline: 12 noon on 2nd May 2017, and you can apply here.  

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

We offer student placements within the sustainability department for students who can complete research and/or work placements for credit as a part of their course. During a placement, a student is responsible for one main project. Students 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