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Community Projects


As a civic university, community is at the heart of what we do.  Working with local people and community organisations is a priority for us to make the city the best place it can be.  

The Sustainability Service co-develop and co-deliver community-beneficial projects that improve the quality of life for all residents, whilst helping to create mutual understanding and respect between both the University and local communities.

To get involved check out Eventbrite and MyCareer which provide details of upcoming opportunities and events. By volunteering with us you will meet and work with other students, staff and local residents committed to making positive changes to our local communities for the benefit of all.

Our community projects

Community clear-ups

We hold regular litter picks across the local area, particularly at key times in the year when litter can be an issue.

Community art

Have you noticed the Colour Hyde Park murals which brighten up the Hyde Park area? Our community art projects aim to use art to address the problem of graffiti and make the local area a more pleasant place to explore.

Gardening and planting

Community greenspaces are vital to both physical and mental wellbeing. Our gardening and planting projects are designed to increase the amount of green space in the local area and improve those that already exist.

Circular economy

Encouraging reuse behaviour is a key aim of the Sustainability Service and we run a range of circular economy initiatives including Repair Cafes and swap shops.

Community Projects Group

Our Community Projects Group brings together a wide group of community representatives who are interested in delivering new projects to improve the quality of life for all residents.

Chaired by Student Exec officers from Leeds Beckett and Leeds University students unions, the group meets monthly to discuss ideas for projects that could be co-developed and co-delivered by members of the community, students, University of Leeds and LUU. Each of the four project categories listed above has a corresponding working group which also meet regularly.   

To join the Community Projects Group or one of the individual working groups, please contact Lucy Ram.


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

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...

Planning a Swap Shop during Climate Week 2023

Hello everyone! I’m Arica, a Student Sustainability Architect working on circular economy projects on campus. One of my highlights from this role has been organising...

Communicating climate change through interactive art

Gabi Kiryluk, Digital Media student, recently completed her final year research project which utilised digital media to explore how artwork can provide more visceral experiences...

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