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Learn how you can help

We have a number of established and new routes to ensure all our staff and students are engaged in sustainability:

All students and staff are asked to complete the Southampton Sustainability Solutions e-module (UoS login required). This e-module explains sustainability, introduces the SDGs, gives examples of sustainability work happening across the university, and helps participants make sustainability lifestyle choices. They will also meet the sustainability team, key players across the University and come away with a great understanding of sustainability and why it matters. This e-module is part of staff induction and new student induction, it is also available for all students on the Southampton Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) so students can access it at any point of their time at the university.

We have launched a new Sustainablity and Reslience Institute that enables all our students and staff to get involved in our inter and transdisciplinary research in sustainability across the university. We recognise the importance of giving students as well as staff opportunities to be involved in world-leading solutions-led sustainability research.

We work in close partnership with our Southampton University Students’ Union (SUSU). The commitment of SUSU to this area is demonstrated by their investment in the recruitment of a new Head of Sustainability, ensuring sustainable practices and engagement take place across the Union.

SUSU have an elected Sustainability Officer along with 5 elected Sustainability Faculty Ambassadors to ensure clear routes for student engagement across all of our Faculties.

We have an established Sustainability Action Programme where students can get involved in and suggest sustainability activities.

Our Education and Student Experience Strategic Plan “ensures our curriculum design, content and education practices reflect our University’s priorities on equality and inclusivity, and sustainability”.

Our students and staff work together throughout the year to deliver high-impact sustainability initiatives, such as our Waste Wars, Blackouts and BioBlitz events. There's an annual Sustainability Fortnight, with plenty of activity to get involved with, such as beach cleans, biodiversity activities and talks from local experts and our University staff.

Our campuses are living labs, and wherever possible we will also support students and colleagues who want to launch their own projects.

Throughout this site you will find information about how we are improving sustainability at the University and how you can help, but we welcome your ideas on what else we can do. Just send us an email. You can also feed information through to the SUSU Union President and SUSU Sustainability Officer, who act as student representation on several University committees. 

Other groups and societies

Across the University, a huge number of groups and societies are working to improve sustainability in a wide range of ways - some at the University, some in our local community and some internationally.

Here's a link to the SUSU societies page where you can contact directly if you’d like to find out more.

SUSU societies page

Introduction to LEAF

The Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) has been developed by UCL to help Lab managers, technical staff, academics, and students address environmental sustainability issues in the labs that they work in. LEAF is a tool to help those working in laboratories change their practice to improve efficiency and sustainability.

You can get your laboratory involved too by clicking on the image below to find more information.

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