Dissertations and Final Year Projects

Deciding on what to do your dissertation on can seem like a daunting task! It is generally the biggest piece of work you will do as part of your undergraduate or masters degree, yet a lot of students find that it is the most enjoyable part of their studies at University.

At Leeds we strive to promote research and learning that makes an impact on global challenges, focusing on six key areas: health, water, food, energy, culture and cities.

Find out how you can integrate sustainability in your work, the benefits of doing so, and current opportunities for you to get involved, in the tabs below. 

 

Student Sustainability Research Conference 2019

Call for Applications Now Open!

Deadline: Midnight on Sunday 16th December 2018

The University of Leeds Annual Student Sustainability Research Conference offers University of Leeds students at any level and from any discipline the opportunity to showcase their latest research in cross-disciplinary sustainability studies.

The conference, taking place on Friday 29th March 2019, will bring together students, staff, businesses and members of the public to experience the diversity of Undergraduate and Postgraduate research which reflect aspects of positive social, economic and environmental development. 

The 2019 event will consist of morning and afternoon presentation sessions and workshops and an all-day poster exhibition in Parkinson CourtAttendees will also have the opportunity to network, collaborate and develop meaningful contacts, and broaden insight of disciplines and the challenges faced in a changing world. 

A Sustainable Leeds Curriculum

Building the knowledge and capacity through our student education programme is fundamental to our teaching strategy at Leeds, supporting this sustainable futures and responsibility is core to our Leeds Curriculum which is overseen by our Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Tom Ward, who also supports the University’s Annual Sustainability Conference.

In addition to the variety of sustainability degree programmes which are run here at the University of Leeds, sustainability is integrated into the wider curriculum through a number of different methods.

The Leeds Curriculum elective programme, Creating Sustainable Futures, allows students from a wide range of disciplines to complete sustainability modules, throughout their time at Leeds.  For more information see leedsforlife.leeds.ac.uk/Broadening/Theme/3.

Sustainability is also integrated into existing School modules, two examples of this are, Leeds University Business School Commercial and Professional Skills module and the School of Medicine RESS Special Studies Project Module.

Facilitating critical thought and creating new innovation is key to creating social societies, therefore supporting student dissertations and research projects is vital to our approach.  Each year we hold cross University dissertation workshops,  directly support dissertation projects in the Sustainability Service, Estates Services and Commercial and Campus Support Services as well as actively encourage student dissertation ideas through our Living Lab Programme.

We work with colleagues across the University to develop teaching material and share experience of integrating sustainability into the curriculum, if you would like support in this area please contact Kelly Forster.

We celebrate and showcase the amazing work our students have completed through modules and their research at our Student Conference on Sustainable Futures. This conference promotes the sharing of ideas between students and staff and helps promote best practice in research and teaching.

We report our progress throughout the year to the University Executive Group via the Sustainability Steering Group, Student Education Board, and in our Annual Sustainability Report. Through this process, we assess our achievements and agree on future plans to ensure that we stay on track on our commitment to embed sustainability across the curriculum.

We make support academic staff to integrate Sustainability into the curriculum. Please contact Kelly Forster for further details.

The University is pleased to offer scholarships for forced migrants to the UK. For details of the Sanctuary Scholarship visit: www.leeds.ac.uk/info/123000/international_students/598/sanctuary_scholarship