Further Education

Green Impact colleges and FE providers

Students across further education are passionate about embedding sustainability into their education experience, but FE students’ unions often struggle to find capacity to take meaningful action.

That’s why we’have made a Green Impact programme especially for colleges and other FE providers. We started the pilot in 2016 with the Association of Colleges and its now available nationally. The programme's been designed to be a one-stop-shop for sustainability and social responsibility change across your college, covering student engagement and campaigns, environmental management and curriculum reform. You can find our full programme outline here.

Most importantly of all, it's designed so colleges and FE students' unions can take action together in partnership, with the scheme designed specifically to thrive across further education.

Support to green your college

As with all other of our sustainability schemes, we'll be here to help you gain the most from our programmes. Following feedback from our pilot colleges, we have created a slimmed-down Green Impact programme. This means that Green Impact should be seen as a framework for you and your students and staff to start planning your sustainability interventions, rather than a fully supported or in-depth project delivered by NUS.

There is a small £150 (+VAT) cost to take part in this programme. This is a much reduced rate from our standard institutional programme, reflecting the level of support and input you will get from us in comparison to you leading your own journey in sustainability.

That doesn't mean we will be nowhere to be seen! We will work hard to ensure you have the support you need to get started, be at the end of phone/email to trouble shoot, and will be working throughout the year to develop a set of resources and support materials for FE institutions and their unions to access going forward. 

At the end of the academic year, our experienced team of staff at NUS will become auditors for the programme, working with you remotely to assess your progress and provide advice for further developments year on year.  

After the audits, the achievements for the year will be celebrated with supported communications for you locally and your college will be recognised with a certificate for you to display proudly on site. 

Get started today

The programme for 2018-19 runs from November 2018 until summer 2019. The submission deadline will be Friday 14th June 2019 after which we will audit you to verify your results. Awards will be finalised in July 2019.

By combining the best parts of all of our sustainability projects and campaigns, and making sure it's all appropriate for a further education context, we hope this Green Impact programme will help to support the sustainability agenda across FE over the years to come.

 If you're interested in finding out more, you can email us on jo.kemp@nus.org.uk or just fill in your details on the sign up page and we'll be in touch.