The National Union of Students (NUS) has called for applications from English students’ unions for sustainability projects. Around 25 two-year projects are expected to be funded from the £5m Students’ Green Fund recently funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Outlined by four key themes, namely student participation, partnership, impact and legacy, the Fund aims to put students in the driving seat for sustainability engagement initiatives while supporting them in their role as agents for change. Its objectives are to:
- Initiate a step change in student engagement in sustainability issues
- Enable students to become meaningful agents for change on sustainability issues in higher education
- Ensure sustainability remains an institutional priority within the sector
- Put English higher education on the map for its sustainability efforts
The key dates are as follows:
- Deadline for expression of interest: 05 June 2013, 12 noon
- Final deadline for full applications: 26 June 2013, 12 noon
- Funding panel meeting: 22 July 2013
- Steering group meeting: 29 July 2013
- Notification of results: week commencing 29 July 2013
- Anticipated start of successful projects: September 2013
Through the Students’ Green Fund, the NUS will further advance in its endeavour of creating a social norm of sustainability in institutions while building on its previous initiatives such as Student Switch Off, Green Impact, Student Eats and the sustainable growth programme.