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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.


Making moves in sustainable fashion with Scope

In an exciting collaboration with Scope, the leading disability equality charity, we're making moves in sustainable fashion. Over the past two months, more than 30 dedicated volunteers, including students, staff, and local community members, have come together to contribute to this transformative project.  Together with Scope's retail team, we've transformed donated clothes into a unique...

Fighting Food Waste and Supporting the Community  

The Sustainability Service has launched a new community pantry in collaboration with local community arts venue Left Bank. Situated at Left Bank on Cardigan Road, the community pantry is accessible to anyone to donate and collect surplus food. The project aims to promote sustainable behaviours around food consumption whilst helping people to save money, lower...

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...

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Blog posts

Art for the community: Unveiling a New Mural in Harehills 

July marked the successful completion of an inspiring new mural in Harehills. Brought to life through the efforts of volunteer students from the School of...

Supporting Donations and Reuse: our Changeover Campaign

 The University of Leeds, along with Leeds Beckett University, Unipol, and Leeds City Council, have been making significant strides in reducing waste and encouraging reuse...

Say Goodbye to Clutter and Hello to our Donation Banks!

Is your room feeling chaotic from clutter? Perhaps you and your housemates have an impractical amount of kitchenware? If you're feeling overwhelmed by excess stuff,...

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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.