Development opportunities

We want to help you make sustainability a big part of your student experience. Whether that means doing a sustainability project as part of your course, focusing your thesis on a sustainability-related issue, or even taking on a placement tackling climate change, there are all sorts of opportunities for making a greener future a part of your studies.

Help us to achieve our ambition as laid out in our Sustainability Strategy, for every student to undertake a sustainability-related module, extra-curricular activity, or learning as part of their programme. See our summary of development opportunities available below or for more information, visit the Education for Sustainable Development pages

  • An online course introducing the UN’s sustainable development goals - Sustainability in Action is an online course available for all students introduced through Welcome Week introducing the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). Designed by students for students the course enables students to develop sustainability and employability skills and receive HEAR accreditation. The course also acts as a hub for students throughout their time at Liverpool to find additional opportunities to develop their sustainability interests and skills.
  • Sustainability internships - Interested in gaining real-world experience in sustainability at a world-leading institution? Apply for a Sustainability Internship for an opportunity to gain experience working with professionals in the field of sustainability and have access to real-life institutional issues and the professionals that handle them.
  • Student Volunteering - If you have a cause you are passionate about then volunteering is a great way to gain some experience, make a difference and network with others. You can always organise your own volunteering experiences but it is worth registering as a volunteer with the Liverpool Guild of Students to see what opportunities are available locally and within the University.
  • Green Guild- Student volunteering within the Green Guild is extremely popular with applications for activities including the Roof Garden and aquaponics food growing system, Green Fingers, Gleaning, Ecobricks, Clothes Swap Shop, Curriculum Auditors, Green Impact Auditors, Student Switch Off Ambassadors, Sustainability Champions, Guild Schools, Litter Pickers for Hedgehog Friendly Campus and of course the ever-popular beekeeping. The Guild offers ‘Give it a go’ sessions for beekeeping and gardening if you are interested in trying it out.
  • SDG curriculum mapping project - They are also running their SDG curriculum mapping project (click on the ESD option) with student volunteers which seek to identify links between existing modules and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Project volunteers look to identify areas of best practice and opportunities for further development of the SDG's in their curriculum.
  • Green halls - The Green Guild and SOS-UK are offering the opportunity to take a leading role in sustainability in your Halls of Residence. As a Flat Sustainability Champion (FSC) you will encourage flatmates to improve energy saving, recycling and other behaviour changes.
  • Student Societies - There are so many societies that focus on different social, economic and environmental issues that you could join at the University, so take a look at the Societies Page to see all that is on offer.
  • Student Campaigns - If there is something you are passionate about changing at university consider running a campaign through the Liverpool Guild of Students. Students in the past have worked on the Call It Out campaign and have encouraged the University to divest from fossil fuels by July 2020 with Fossil Free. This year the Guild is also setting up networks for women, disabled, BAME, LGBTQ+, postgraduate, international and mature students. From campaigns and policies to events and socials, the student networks will be run by the students they represent and will receive funding, training and support. Contact Guild Officer Hannah Nguyen hannah.nguyen@liverpool.ac.uk for more information.
  • Contribute to our blog Green Scene, with the latest news, research and events around sustainability on campus, as well as articles on anything from climate action, innovation and gender equality, to tips on wellbeing and sustainable living. The blog is written by staff and students and we are always looking for contributors. So if you’re interested in sustainability, considering journalism or communications as a future career, or would like to share your research please email: for more details. 

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