Positive Impact Partners

Positive Impact Partners (PIP) is the University’s flagship programme designed to increase collaboration with the Third Sector, build capacity and positively contribute to our local communities.

Through PIP we connect staff together with local Third Sector organisations to exchange knowledge and skills, share resources and form new collaborative partnerships, designed to create mutual benefit. Our programme benefits our PIP partners, the University, Third Sector organisations and in making a positive impact on society.

PIP has matched local charitable and social benefit organisations with staff who can provide advice on a range of professional and business skills, as well as knowledge on a wide variety of academic disciplines. The diverse skill set available at the University has enabled Third Sector organisations to succeed where they have been previously struggling and helped build capacity in the city to deal with societal issues.

In return, PIP has created University research and curriculum projects and offered volunteering, internship and research opportunities for our staff and students.  Staff also gain new insights from their Third Sector partner’s background and history that can be used in their own personal and professional development.

Download our update report to read more about the collaborative partnerships that have been formed through PIP and the key benefits to PIP partners, the University and Third Sector (PDF)

The PIP offer to staff and Third Sector partners is formed through the programme based on the objectives developed by partners with our support through the PIP induction workshops.  The personal PIP plans we offer partners involve a combination of networking opportunities, workshops on a particular area of expertise, one to one expertise and support or the creation of new collaborative partnerships to deliver new mutually beneficial projects.  Ultimately, PIP is about the creation of organisational and personal development opportunities for everyone involved! 


Get Involved- Third Sector Partners

Find out more about the range of support and benefits PIP provides to the third sector, charitable organisations, state-funded schools and any other societal-benefit organisations, and how you can get involved. Find out more and apply.

Get Involved- Staff

Find information on how staff benefit from working with the Third Sector and how you can get involved. Find out more and apply.

See the other staff opportunities available through the Sustainability Service here. 

Download our Progress Report for more information about the programme;  the partners involved and the benefits it brings University staff, Third Sector organisations and the University (PDF) 

Creative Climate Anthology

Following the COP21 talks in Paris we held a writing competition for individuals to send us their personal stories and experiences of their engagement with climate change.

There were a high number of quality entries from the Leeds community, and especially from pupils at the John Smeaton Academy. The best ones being collated into an anthology, which can be read below.

We hope you enjoy the collection.

Sustainability Architects 2015/16

Amy

Hello – I’m Amy, one of the four new Sustainability Architects here at the University of Leeds. My role as part of the Sustainability team is to encourage and promote student and community engagement with all things sustainable!

As part of this I hope to continue to develop the role of a “Sustainability Representative” within each school.  Their role would be to put sustainability on the agenda by integrating knowledge of it into teaching and assessments, promoting sustainable practice within their school and departmental society encouraging other students to get involved, share their ideas and help to develop new initiatives for both environmental and social sustainability.

Being from Leeds, I understand how important it is to integrate students with the local community. There is no better way of doing this than through sustainability! I aim to do this by promoting  volunteering and community engagement projects within the University and Union setting – bringing to the attention of students what is available for them to get involved in around Leeds.

I hope to create an environment where students feel they are able to get involved with sustainability and make a difference!

 

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Hey I’m Will, a second year Environmental Science student at the University of Leeds. I am planning to take a year out of University during my third year, hoping to gain more valuable experience in sustainable roles. As well as representing the sustainability service at events, I hope to increase student engagement in sustainable practices, particularly focusing my efforts on halls of residences and sport societies.

 

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Hi I’m Shara, I am currently studying my masters in Sustainability and Consultancy here at the University of Leeds. My undergraduate degree was in International Relations and my dissertation looked at environmental change and energy security in the European Union. After taking a break from University to work and travel, I started to look into sustainability in a wider context, which lead me back to higher education.

This year I hope to increase the range of individuals engaged in sustainability; moving it out of traditional circles and into mainstream discussions so it’s accessible for everyone.

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My name is Ileyas Mogeh and I am a student sustainability architect. I am currently on my second year of BA Politics. Being a sustainability architect is an exciting way to make a positive impact in your community. As an architect, you are able to do this through your area of interest, for example in my case this is democracy. This ensures that the role is enjoyable, whilst also challenging and developing your knowledge of sustainability within higher education . By August, I hope to have helped embedded sustainability in the student community through increased participation in democratic activities.

IntoUniversity visit

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The Sustainability Service recently hosted a workshop for students from IntoUniversity (http://intouniversity.org/) on the importance of biodiversity.

The session started with an introductory activity on biodiversity and its importance, then the students were asked to become landscape designers for the day and design new flower beds for our campus, encouraging them to use their knowledge of different species and their role in the ecosystem. They were also given some guidance before designing the flower beds such as examples of plant species that could be planted on campus and incest species that could be attracted to the flowers.

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The workshop not only allowed the students to embrace their creativity, it allowed them to work in teams and make decisions together about the design of the flower beds.

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The 3 final winners will be picked soon and they will be planted at the entrance of the Parkinson building in spring to enhance biodiversity on campus. Don’t forget to follow our blog and social media accounts for updates on the designs.

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Students as Leeds Residents

University life for many students involves making a move out into the communities of Leeds with friends and running a household for the first time. Moving in to your own home is an exciting time for every student. Many areas close to the University have a high proportion of students living within them, but no area could be considered as being ‘student only’. Your neighbours could be like you, young professionals, elderly people or a family. Call around to your neighbours and introduce yourself. You’ll be living next to each other for a year so you might as well call in and say hello!

To help you settle into the local community and make the most of your time here in Leeds, see our Guide to Living in Leeds or scroll down, for our top tips on living in Leeds. Students make a great contribution to the City – the University attracts the brightest students from diverse backgrounds. As with every community, some things, such as bins on streets or noisy parties, can still cause problems. This information has been put together to help you avoid these issues as well as helping you to make the most out of your time living in Leeds.  Have a read, pick up some tips and enjoy your time in the City!

Download a copy of Your Guide to Living in Leeds (PDF)

 

Student Sustainability Architects

Applications for the 2018/19 Student Sustainability Architects cohort are now closed. For other ways to get involved visit our Opportunities pages. 

Have a question? Please e-mail sustainability@leeds.ac.uk

Take a look at the other opportunities for you to get involved on our Student opportunities page!  

If you are looking for information on the University Staff Sustainability Architects please visit: sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/staff-sustainability-architects/

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