Opportunities

Here you'll find information about events, grants and opportunities relating to sustainability. Expand your understanding, knowledge and skills; start a project; connect with inspiring folk wanting to change the world! Get involved, basically. 

 

Events

European Summer School - Creating Forest Experiences

The Association for the Protection of the German Forest (“Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald”) invites you to a five day Summer School at the Freusburg from the 9th to 13th July 2018. This old castle was built around 1100 AD in the region Westerwald in western Germany. The aim of the event is that you as participants develop your own youth forest projects to implement together after the summer school. 

9th - 13th July 2018

People and Planet's Power Shift

Join People & Planet for #PowerShift2018 to train for change and strategise for the year ahead on Fossil Free, Sweatshop Free and Undoing Borders, we know another world is possible.

Over the 5 days of this participatory training you will:          

  • Organise to win!
  • Join a network of student organisers!
  • Explore the root causes of local and global injustice!
  • Shape national campaigns!

 27th June - 1st July 2018

Grants

Student Eats - start-up costs for food enterprises

This NUS programme is open for applications for £1000 start-up costs and mentoring for new student-led social enterprises focussed on sustainable food. You can apply in the food co-op and food preserving enterprise categories until 23rd June, and there’s an open category, too!

Other opportunities

Online courses about climate change by 350.org

Each online skill-up uses interactive activities and multimedia to teach you skills you can use on organizing, movement-building, and climate change. Courses include: intro and advanced campaigning, causes of climate change, how to have climate change conversations, movements, divestment, and much more!

Groundwork Youth is looking for Young Green Ambassadors

Groundwork Youth is a programme supporting 16 – 24 year olds to take action in their local environment. They are looking for 100 passionate, perceptive, committed young people from across the UK to form a network of Young Green Ambassadors to support their national campaign and help them reach as many community groups as possible, online and offline. Young Green Ambassadors will be offered training opportunities from the Groundwork Youth team and other professionals, and will work closely with local community partners, Groundwork’s trusts across the UK, and the Groundwork Youth Advisory Board.

Applications open: 10th January 2018

The Documentary Film Makers' Cooperative is seeking contributors

This cooperative is building up a new multi-media project called I’m on the Wild Side, for young people, on urban nature. They are seeking content (photos, reflections, a blog, or diary entryetc.) about nature to collate people's stories and experiences on their website. The I’m on the Wild Side project, when fully running, will offer free workshops for young people in making nature report documentary videos.

UK Youth Climate Coalition 

There are some excellent and varied opportunities here. The UK Youth Climate Coalition is one of the most exciting, innovative, energised and passionate organisations campaigning on climate change in the UK and around the world. They are an organisation entirely made of young people (18-29) based in the UK who volunteer their time to fight climate change issues.

Student placements with NUS's sustainability department

We offer student placements within the sustainability department for students who can complete research and/or work placements for credit as a part of their course. During a placement, a student is responsible for one main project. Students work alongside and liaise with other members of the team, whilst receiving regular support and supervision as you scope, research, plan and undertake a specific piece of work. To be eligible to take part, students must be able to receive course credit or recognition for their contributions from their place of study. Here are the projects available, and the application form