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

BAICE 20th Anniversary Symposium: Sustainability, Peace and Education – Exploring Promise and Practice

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE), the one-day symposium will bring together diverse perspectives on education and sustainability, including those drawn from the study of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), sustainability within development studies, and sustainable peace. The Symposium aims to critically interrogate the SDG agenda, but also to explore the creative possibilities through which educational policies, practices, pedagogies and processes might embody or enable improved sustainability.

3rd May 2018

Meliora: International Symposium of Student Sustainability Research – University of Southampton

The third annual Meliora International Symposium of Student Sustainability Research.

Meliora: International Journal of Student Sustainability Research is an open access Academic Journal for the publication of student independent research work in the broad sphere of sustainability. They publish articles that demonstrate the excellence of student research, and how their work can contribute towards changing the world for the better. 

13th April 2018

Jobs & Climate: Planning for a Future that Doesn't Cost the Earth (London)

This conference, organised by the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group, aims to challenge the false choice of good jobs versus the environment. Instead of settling for this, there is both an urgent need for action on climate change and a real opportunity for trade unionists to be at the forefront of campaigning for a transition. One which puts the needs of the planet, decent jobs and social justice at the top of the political agenda.

10th March 2018

Who's full? A Free Word event about global food systems and 'eating well' (London) 

A jam-packed evening of spoken word performances, sonic sensations and something for the taste buds, exploring the science behind the global food system and what it means to 'eat well'.

15th March 2018

Fossil Free Gathering 2018

From 23rd – 25th March 2018, Fossil Free UK is bringing together campaigners from across the UK for a weekend of Fossil Free workshops, discussions, strategy and fun.

Climate Action Retreat in St. Gilgen, Austria

From 2-16 April 2018. During the retreat you will learn more about how to communicate about climate change in a creative, stimulating, exciting manner. Together with other young people engaged in climate change and supported by multi-media professionals and scientists you will design new climate media formats to be shared with the community as creative commons. The retreat aims to apply creative, interactive, out-of- the-box methods to open up new horizons for climate change communication. The retreat will be facilitated by international NGOs and scientists: Climate Outreach, ONCA/art & environment-NGO, Climate Media Factory, the Austrian Youth environment platform and scientists from the University of Brighton, the Austrian Environmental Agency, the University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources, Vienna.

Travel & accommodation costs will be covered.

Grants

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!

Other opportunities

Online courses about climate change by 350.org

Each online skill-up uses interactive activities and multimedia to teach you skills you can use on organizing, movement-building, and climate change. Courses include: intro and advanced campaigning, causes of climate change, how to have climate change conversations, movements, divestment, and much more!

Groundwork Youth is looking for Young Green Ambassadors

Groundwork Youth is a programme supporting 16 – 24 year olds to take action in their local environment. They are looking for 100 passionate, perceptive, committed young people from across the UK to form a network of Young Green Ambassadors to support their national campaign and help them reach as many community groups as possible, online and offline. Young Green Ambassadors will be offered training opportunities from the Groundwork Youth team and other professionals, and will work closely with local community partners, Groundwork’s trusts across the UK, and the Groundwork Youth Advisory Board.

Applications open: 10th January 2018

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.

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. To be eligible to take part, students must be able to receive course credit or recognition for their contributions from their place of study. Here are the projects available, and the application form