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Sustainability Action Programme 2022/2023

Queen’s Sustainability Action Programme aims to inspire, equip, and support students to bring about positive action for both our climate and biodiversity.

Students have a key role to play in helping Queen's University achieve their Net Zero aspirations, by acting to reduce their personal carbon footprint and the university's impact on our planet. By joining the Sustainability Action Programme, Queen’s students can gain knowledge and skills in multiple topics by taking part in a range of workshops - Carbon Literacy and Sustainable Development Goals training, and project management workshops. Students will gain practical experience in project management and implementation, whilst playing a key role in helping the University implement its Net Zero Strategy.


Programme Details

The Sustainability Action Programme provides a structured in-person programme where students can learn and develop new skills through a Degree Plus Scheme whilst helping Queen's achieve their Net Zero aspirations.

You will take part in a range of workshops, be given the opportunity to become Carbon Literate, work with students from multiple backgrounds on a Sustainable Development Goal Challenge whilst completing set tasks which will enhance your skills and knowledge, preparing you for your future career. The programme offers the opportunity to implement your student project with the help of the Queen's Green Fund and support from the Sustainability Team.

‘Sustainability at Queen’s’ Information Session is taking place on Wednesday 19th October at 1.30pm in Geography Building 0G/033. Please click here to register your attendance. 

SDG Challenge

The Sustainable Development Goal Challenge is a real-world problem that will be decided upon by yourself and Queen's Sustainability Team. Within teams, you will create solutions to key sustainability challenges and pitch to staff within Queen’s for feedback. Successful teams will be provided with up to £1500 in Green Funding.

As a result of this programme, you will develop a range of employability skills: Communication, Innovation, Leadership, Project Management and Sustainability Knowledge.

What's Involved

The Sustainability Action Programme runs over the course of the academic year, in both the first and second semester. Workshops, hosted by key individuals within the sustainability and innovation sector, take place from October to March. The workshops will provide training in the following areas: 

  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • How to create, and develop, an innovative idea
  • How to communicate with impact
  • How to encourage behaviour change

The aim of the workshops is to provide you with the skills and confidence to create solutions to a Sustainable Development Goal Challenge which can be implemented within the Queen’s Community. Your team will develop solutions and present back to the Sustainability Team in the final workshop for feedback.

If your pitch is successful and you are willing to set aside the time to implement your idea, your team will receive up to £1500 from Queen’s Green Fund to implement your idea. You can visit the Student Initiatives page for some inspiration.

Key Dates

The programme is full-on and spreads over the course of the academic year.

View the course structure for more information. Please note the dates will be confirmed as soon as possible. 

How to Apply

The Sustainability Action Programme is currently accepting applications until Friday 21st October.

To apply, please complete this Microsoft Form by Friday 21st October.

*Please note* We advise opening a Word document and copying your answers while completing your application, as applications are not guaranteed to save once you leave Microsoft Forms.

Once you have applied to the programme you will be added to the Sustainability Action Programme Microsoft Team, where you will see further information regarding workshop times and dates.


What is Degree Plus?

Degree Plus is a method for accrediting work-related learning and skills that current Queen's students develop through extracurricular activities that are relevant to graduate job markets.

Is the Sustainable Action Programme Degree Plus accredited?

Yes, the Sustainable Action Programme is a Route A/Provider Verified Activity route for Degree/Graduate/Research Plus Certificate.

Who can take part in the Sustainable Action Programme?

The award is open to all full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate Queen’s University students. 

When will you receive your Degree Plus certificate?

If you complete Degree Plus you will receive the award alongside your degree when you graduate. Please note that you need to complete a minimum of 30 hours through this programme to achieve Degree/Graduate/Research Plus accreditation.

Which workshops are vital to attend?

We would encourage all students taking part in the programme to make every effort to attend the following three workshops:

  • Welcome and Introduction to the SDGs
  • Discovery
  • Develop and Test

For more information on when these workshops will be taking place, please see Key Dates.

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