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About Abbie McGurk

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As a student sustainability architect this year, I had the opportunity to promote a circular resource economy to University students and assist the University in working towards its zero waste and single-use plastic goals. I have loved working for the Sustainability Service to drive sustainability messaging and initiatives off-campus. The...

My blog expresses my experience of the Language in Context Sustainability Module. This elective module has made an immense impact on my whole outlook and engagement with sustainability. My journey to sustainability started when I was at school. I was particularly influenced by my teacher Imran Ali. A man of...

Having just completed the MSc Sustainability and Consultancy course within the School of Earth and Environment, I was delighted to be selected to work on the Sustainable Curriculum Programme on a part-time basis working with Kelly Forster and Thom Cooper. I believe that education can change the mind-set of a...

Our 2018/19 Student Sustainability Architects have come to the end of their year with us. In their posts below, they give an overview of what their projects have achieved as well as some insights on what they have gained from their time with us. If you are interested in applying...

Hi everyone, My name is Fred and I currently attend Beckfoot School. This year, we were offered the chance to go out on work experience at a place of our choice just before we break up for the summer holidays. Luckily, I was accepted by the Leeds university sustainability team....

It’s not exactly an easy task, ensuring that every student at a university has the opportunity to access learning for sustainability. Especially at an institution as large and diverse in focus as the University of Leeds. Even more so when you have just 6 hours a week to commit to...

So far my role as a sustainability architect has been really varied and exciting! Together with Josh West (Sustainability Projects Assistant) I have been attempting to build sustainability into laboratory inductions. We have produced a ‘best practice’ checklist that will be circulated to labs soon, allowing for a reference point...

My main deliverables as Student Sustainability Architect have been to conduct a comprehensive review of all the Great Food at Leeds food packaging to ensure that the Catering Services are implementing best practice within the business. Packaging, although essential for food hygiene, has a lot of implications, from its manufacture...

Having completed an industrial placement last year with the Sustainability Service, I’ve really enjoyed working as one of the Sustainability Student Architects during my final year of study. My role has been to support the development and implementation of a new sustainability engagement programme, and it has been an exciting...

Sustainability Architect: what is it all about? Five months in this role and no two days are the same! So much has happened since I took part in the Welcome to Leeds campaign back in October and it has been an exciting learning journey. One of the highlights of the...