The Students’ Union and the University have signed up to the brand new Dissertations for Good programme.
Sussex has become one of the first universities in the UK to sign up to Dissertations for Good, run by the National Union of Students (NUS). This programme allows students from Sussex to connect with organisations across the UK and collaborate on cutting-edge research into sustainability and social responsibility.
Participating students will work closely with their partnered organisation to develop and complete a piece of research as their dissertation, making the results available for the organisation to use once it has been submitted and marked as normal. The programme is designed to create research specifically related to economic, environmental or ethical sustainability.
This partnership between the Students’ Union and the University demonstrates a commitment to incorporating education for sustainable development into the curriculum and improving the experiences of students.
Rose, Postgraduate Education Officer, helped secure this opportunity for students at Sussex. She said:
We are very excited for the launch of this programme- it’s a great opportunity for students to put time and effort into something which will have a positive impact on organisations making important contributions to sustainability.
The programme will allow students to use their expertise for the benefit of not-for-profit organisations who otherwise may not have access to research resources.
Clare Mackie, Pro Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the University, said:
By signing up to this initiative Sussex students have been given an incredible opportunity to lead ground-breaking research projects with not-for-profit organisations. At Sussex we place a strong emphasis on experience and enterprise and this project further underlines those principles.
To date 12 projects have been created through Dissertations for Good, ranging from investigating experiences of food instability in hard-to-reach populations to energy projects on affordable warmth.
Lyndsay, Activities Officer, is currently in talks with NUS about the possibility of the Role Models scheme signing up to Dissertations for Good. Look out for updates on this.
Students can register their interest online at nus.org.uk/dfg where they can search the database of available projects. If you are a student who’s interested in joining the programme please contact Rose on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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