Students' Green Unit People posing

The Students’ Green Unit is here to empower students to set up their own change-making sustainability projects. We provide training, mentoring, and funding to enable students to turn their ideas into reality, creating projects which make real change in the University of Exeter and beyond. Whether you want to set up your own project, join an existing project, or come along to events and training, we’ve got something for you.

Get involved

There are lots of ways to get involved, whether you have your own idea for change, want to join an existing project, revive a past project, or just stay in the loop about what we’re up to.

Projects

SGU in the forum SGU projects can tackle any area of sustainability you are passionate about. We support you to create a project that will make meaningful change in the University and beyond. Past projects have reduced food waste in student halls, celebrated and preserved biodiversity on campus, campaigned for and secured sustainably sourced fish on campus, and plenty more.


Events

All our workshops, training, and events can be found here. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about new opportunities. If there are workshops or training you’d like to see us running, or you would like to put on an event in association with the SGU, just get in touch.

Meet the team

Iona, Fred and Luci, Fred and Iona are the SGU team.

Luci is doing a MSc in Food Security here at Exeter Uni and is enjoying working part-time with the SGU. When she’s not thinking about food she loves gardening, rambling on the moors & planning trips to far flung corners of the world.

Fred is studying for an MA in Literary Studies with an environmental focus, while working part-time with the SGU. Outside of work, Fred can be found travelling, hiking, playing drums, and searching for craft beer.

Iona has joined the team from the Otesha Project UK, a youth-led environmental charity creating change through theatre & workshops. When Iona’s not saving the world she likes cycling her bicycle collection, making kick-ass sourdough bread and playing her violin.

You can find us in the A&V area on the first floor of Devonshire House, feel free to drop by and say hello.

What we do

People in the forum Our vision is to see sustainability embedded in the Guild, the university, the city, and beyond. University of Exeter students have the ideas, skills, and passion to make that happen. The Students’ Green Unit is here to provide the opportunities, training, and support to make the change you want to see. We take a project-based approach, helping you turn your ideas into projects that make a positive environmental difference.


How it works

Step One

Have an idea for a sustainability project? Get in touch with the SGU to let us know what you want to change.

Step Two

We meet with you to find out more about your idea and explore how we could support it. We encourage you to work collaboratively – there might be people already interested in or running a project on similar issues. If so, we’ll put you in touch with them.

Step Three

Doing the research – projects are stronger when you can identify a clear need. This means gathering some information about the issue. Who might already be working on it? Where do you fit in? What can be changed? From this you can identify some clear aims and objectives for your project.

Step Four

We help you break down the objectives into an activity plan – everything you need to do to work towards the change you want to see and how to measure your success. If there is a cost involved with any of this (materials, publicity, equipment for events, etc.) you’ll need to create a budget. The SGU can provide funding of up to £250 per project and you’ll need to fill out an application form to make your case to the funding panel.

Step Five

Project delivery time! We help you put the plan into action. You continue to meet with us regularly so we can support in the ways you need. We run training and workshops throughout the year to help you strengthen your project.

And finally

We’ll have a big celebration at the end of the year – a chance for you to showcase your project, share what was achieved, and what you learnt along the way.


University of Exeter Students' Guild is a Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered Charity Number: 1136468 Company Number: 7217324; registered in England and Wales Registered office: Devonshire House, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4PZ