Student Sustainability Architects

If you want to get involved with sustainability at the University of Leeds, you should be a Student Sustainability Architect.

Our Student Sustainability Architects help to deliver sustainability projects and bring new ideas and a student perspective. As a Student Sustainability Architect, you will lead on delivering projects that align with the University’s strategic objectives and also develop your own ideas to increase student participation with sustainability.

Student Sustainability Architects are part-time paid positions and also provide support for student engagement activities, events, campaigns and initiatives. The Student Sustainability Architects programme was highly commended at the Green Gown Awards in 2018.

What projects will I work on?

The main duties of a Student Sustainability Architect include supporting a core project that aligns with the University’s Sustainability Strategy.

Past projects have ranged from increasing sustainability-themed dissertations and student representation in political activity to helping to spread recycling knowledge across Halls of Residence and developing a Sustainability Representatives network across faculties and schools.

Full details of the 2021/22 projects are available in the candidate brief here and on application you can express an interest in specific projects.  Activities that you can get involved with include:

  • Supporting on the delivery of programmes and initiatives such as the Bike Hub, Sustainable Garden and plastics reduction programme
  • Helping to drive biodiversity on campus and beyond through monitoring and living lab projects
  • Developing school based sustainability programmes including embedding sustainability into the curriculum
  • Promoting and supporting students into careers in sustainability
  • Building food and carbon engagement through the University’s catering services
  • Supporting the marketing and communication of sustainability activities at the University – for example using social media to publicise events or writing for our blog

Benefits of being a Student Sustainability Architect

There are many benefits of being a Student Sustainability Architect – here are just a few. You will:

  • Gain invaluable paid work experience
  • Work with teams across the University to address common challenges and to create real change
  • Develop skills applicable in the workplace including event planning, running workshops, communication and presentation skills, teamwork and using initiative to solve problems
  • Help to deliver and embed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Contribute to the University’s commitment to addressing global challenges
  • Attend skills building and development sessions
  • Expand your understanding of sustainability

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our work with Student Sustainability Architects is linked to all of the SDGs.

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.