Dissertations and Final Year Projects

Deciding your dissertation or final year project topic 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. Find out more about sustainability, how to embed it into your work in the context of your discipline and other useful resources below

Student Sustainability Research Conference 2019

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Please note: Photographers will be on campus throughout the conference to capture impressions of the day. An external company will also be on campus recording video at the conference. We may use these images and videos in publicity and marketing materials for future events, on our website, or on our social media accounts. If you do not want to be included in any photographs or video taken by the official conference photographers, please let them know as early as possible.




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 Court. Attendees 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.

This year’s keynote speech will be delivered by University Chancellor, Professor Dame Jane Francis. As Director of the British Antarctic Survey and a prominent polar scientist, Dame Francis has conducted pioneering research – with numerous expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic – and has undertaken a wide range of international roles to promote the UK’s polar interests. Jane will discuss her experiences to date, as well as her insights on single-use plastics and the University of Leeds and Leeds University Union’s #2023PlasticFree pledge.


A Sustainable Leeds Curriculum

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

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 visit 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 directly support dissertation projects in Sustainability Services, 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 Sustainability Research Conference. 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 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.



Sustainability in the Curriculum: LUBS Commercial and Professional Skills Module Update

This year, Masters students taking the Commercial and Professional Skills module at Leeds University Business School were given the opportunity to work with the Sustainability Service as part of a consultancy project!

Posing as internal consultants, student groups were tasked to review the student and staff awareness of sustainability initiatives across the University and develop recommendations that could improve people’s knowledge of the Sustainability Strategy and what they can get involved in.

After initial meetings with members of the Sustainability team, groups went away and collected data using a questionnaire to gain a better understanding of people’s sustainability knowledge and activities that are already taking place. They also reviewed specific areas of engagement by the University, using their results to highlight gaps for improvement and make recommendations.

The student’s proposals ranged from utilising social media trends and behaviours, to increasing visibility on campus, and tailoring campaigns for specific audiences.

This is just one of the ways we are integrating sustainability into student learning as part of our commitment to giving all students the opportunity to study and be involved in sustainability.

Student Consultancy