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Students in the community

During their time in Leeds, we encourage students to think beyond their studies and become responsible citizens who positively contribute to the communities where they live and work.

The Sustainability service engages with our neighbouring communities, helping our students to integrate and foster positive behaviour, and provides community volunteering opportunities that bring residents together to improve community cohesion for all residents. Where necessary we also address the potential negative effects on the wider community through our community complaint process. 

We work with a number of strategic partners, including students unions, Leeds City Council, the city’s other universities and colleges, Police, community organisations and residents. 

Through ongoing dialogue and engagement with the local community and our partners, we work proactively to listen to the concerns and the needs of the community. We aim to support, enhance and develop our programme of activities, ensuring the university and our students play a positive role in society.  

To stay up to date on our latest community news and initiatives or to find out more information, sign up to our Community Newsletter or contact Amanda Jackson.


Moving out campaign supports local community

Items donated by students during the recent tenancy changeover period in inner north West Leeds have benefitted local organisations and charities across the area.  In June, a total of 924 bags of donations were collected, split between blue bag doorstep collections and British Heart Foundation donation banks across the area. 332 people made use of...

Supporting students moving out during the tenancy changeover period

We’ve partnered up with Leeds Beckett University, Unipol and Leeds City Council to support students and reduce any negative social and environmental impacts during the tenancy changeover period.  The initiative aims to educate students on more sustainable waste sorting behaviours such as donating unwanted items, recycling where possible and disposing of waste correctly.   This is...

The Halls to Homes 2023 Campaign

As part of the University’s Student Citizenship programme, the Sustainability Service, in conjunction with Residences, have launched the 2023 Halls to Homes initiative. This is aimed at first year students living in managed accommodation who are about to move out into privately rented accommodation in the community.   What is Halls to Homes? Moving into...

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Blog posts

Coats and Toys Collected for Leeds Winter Appeals

Last month students and staff kindly donated winter clothing and toys to support families and communities across the city. Arranged by the Sustainability Service, Be...

Recycling like a pro

University can be a daunting experience, especially in today's climate (no pun intended!) . Not only are you meeting new people, beginning a new course,...

Designing a Forest Garden with Brudenell Primary School

Hi, my name’s Julie and I am a Student Sustainability Architect with a project focused on coordinating gardening projects both on campus and in the...

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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 students in the community work is linked to the following SDGs:

  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.