The Students’ Green Unit at the University of Exeter is an innovative two-year project funded by the NUS Students’ Green Fund, which enables students to encourage changes in behaviour by proposing and leading projects that engage with ethical and environmental issues.
The students receive specialist training and networking opportunities, thereby becoming involved in international collaborative efforts to push forward sustainable change.
The project has enabled the University of Exeter Students’ Guild to recruit five graduates into full-time internships, providing them with high-quality experience in the sustainability sector. Since October 2013 they have been developing ties with academics at the university and with numerous external organisations.
At the heart of this initiative is a range of student-led projects. Following a series of workshops, run both by the interns and university staff, students submitted proposals and after a rigorous selection process 16 projects are being funded and supported over the coming year. From energy consumption to ethical food choices, and from water security to waste reduction, students are being empowered with the support of leading academics and professionals to engage with current issues.