NUS tends £5 million green fund

A student project to create an “edible campus” is among the beneficiaries of a £5 million fund from England’s funding council.

August 26, 2013

The National Union of Students will manage the Students’ Green Fund, created by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

The fund is the largest amount of external funding the NUS has received to date, and has been distributed between 25 students’ union projects saving an estimated 4,000 tonnes of CO2.

The NUS invited students unions’ to provide submissions of interest, employing a bidding process to determine successful applicants. Dom Anderson, NUS vice-president for society and citizenship, led the panel that selected winning projects from 105 applications from unions.

The panel based its judgement on four criteria: impact, legacy, partnership and student participation.

One project, titled “Sheffield on a Plate”, combines students from higher education and further education institutions in the city to promote student-led cooking and healthy eating. The students will conduct cookery classes, along with a “local-ingredients based” student chef competition. They will also take part in creating a “social enterprise vegetable box scheme” and will award the profits to local food banks.

The University of Roehampton students’ union won funding for “Growhampton”. The project will focus on growing an “edible campus” complete with fruit trees, community gardens and bees, with the aim of bringing the local community into the university.

Mr Anderson said that every chosen project will “transform students’ unions into hubs of sustainability” that benefit their wider communities.

He added that each project will encourage students to adopt “positive environmental habits and behaviors” and assistwith “vital employability skills”.

The NUS will be providing “regular monitoring” and “evaluation” to guarantee the fund is being used precisely for the intended purposes outlined by each union, Mr Anderson said.

He argued that the fund will show “students are at the heart of sustainable change”, that they “can and should take an active role in greening their communities”.

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

question marks PhD study

Selecting the right doctorate is crucial for success. Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman share top 10 tips on how to pick a PhD

Pencil lying on open diary

Requesting a log of daily activity means that trust between the institution and the scholar has broken down, says Toby Miller

India, UK, flag

Sir Keith Burnett reflects on what he learned about international students while in India with the UK prime minister

Application for graduate job
Universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2016
Construction workers erecting barriers

Directly linking non-EU recruitment to award levels in teaching assessment has also been under consideration, sources suggest