Volunteering opportunities

Two female students in the Learning Centre

When you graduate you will be joining thousands of students each trying to find their first graduate position in the environment sector. Employers are looking for candidates who stand out from the crowd, who have developed their skills, abilities and ambitions and who are not afraid to get involved. Volunteering and extra-curricular activities can help you achieve and demonstrate this.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved with practical sustainability at London Metropolitan University.  By volunteering, you can:

  • gain new, practical skills and develop your confidence
  • make a positive contribution to the Universities
  • meet new people and develop your network
  • build your CV
  • Do something different!

NUS research shows that the ethical standards of products matter to 89% of students, and 90% of students say that they want to buy more products that don’t harm the people who produce them. Students associate high ethical standards with Fairtrade, and want to see more Fairtrade products on campus.

That’s why the Fairtrade Foundation and the National Union of Students (NUS) launched the new award for Universities to achieve Fairtrade status. Universities taking part in the award have been working to improve their promotion of, and engagement with, Fairtrade products and the Fairtrade mark.

In order to achieve the award, a student-led online audit will be conducted at each university to verify their level of achievement.

How can you get involved?

Register your interest by filling out the volunteer registration form online by Wednesday 22rd April: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/fairtradeaudits20


Voluntary Role Description

London Metropolitan University is offering an opportunity for students to gain skills in project management, communications and leadership by supporting and motivating staff participating in Green Impact, a sustainability awards programme developed by NUS and used by more than 300 organisations across the UK and abroad.

Green Impact is a change and engagement programme - it helps people understand sustainability and social responsibility, shows them what they can do to make a difference, and supports them in achieving these actions.

It has been developed over the last ten years, using social change theory and NUS’ expertise to produce a cyclical model that works in all environments and workplaces, based on the themes of continual improvement, collaboration and meaningful change to establish new social norms and inspire people with the skills and passion needed to make a difference.

Each organisation that uses the Green Impact model develops their own bespoke programme creating a simple but sophisticated online tool to guide and monitor people’s progress together with a dynamic, engaging support and communication package which is then delivered in collaboration with students and NUS creating a community of people working together towards common, agreed goals.

Each year awards are given to teams adding light competition and a useful way of inspiring and recognising achievements. Students receive training to enable them to support and verify projects, helping their own understanding of sustainability and social justice as well as their professional development.

Have a look at an example toolkit: www.greenimpact.org.uk/example, username: example@nus.org.uk, password: example

Contact Zanda Pipira on z.pipira@londonmet.ac.uk if you would like to gain work experience and be involved with this exciting programme. For more information on the Green Impact programme, please see below, or follow this link: http://greenimpact.nus.org.uk/. Please note the applications for this position is currently closed.


  • Approximately 1 hour a week equivalent until May but there is flexibility.
  • 3 hours training in October and 2 hours auditing during April.
  • This a voluntary post with great opportunities for professional and personal development through training and support.

Role objective

Encourage, motivate and support an assigned Green Impact team in implementing sustainability actions in its department or area of work whilst developing the student’s skills, knowledge and professional experience.

What will it involve?

Learning and development:

  • Attend introductory training on sustainability initiatives, the Green Impact programme, and developing the skills you will need to fulfil this role and future careers.
  • Access resources to help you support your Green Impact team and learn about sustainability both generally and in the workplace.
  • Attend support sessions, participate in peer-to-peer support, and attend a wrap-up session at the end of the placement.
  • Attend the Green Impact auditor training session at the end of the programme in April.
  • Complete an evaluative survey at the end of the role.

Supporting teams and making an impact:

  • Meeting with allocated teams to discuss working arrangements; continue to meet with them periodically (as agreed between team and project assistant).
  • Supporting the team in its Green Impact actions according to its requirements and the agreed goals.
  • Collect photographs, case studies and write blog entries for national NUS communications.
  • Communicate with the sustainability department on the progress of your assigned teams(s).
  • Work with the team to ensure that their submission is on time.

Key competencies required:

  • An interest in sustainability issues (a knowledge of this area is preferable but not essential).
  • Enthusiasm and motivation to make a difference!
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to use own initiative.
  • A commitment to the Green Impact programme and its aims. For more information on the programme please see http://greenimpact.nus.org.uk/

Key skills and experience you will gain:

  • Experience of working on an international project in a professional environment.
  • IEMA approved training completion will be recognised with a certificate.
  • Completion of the placement will be recognised with a reference from NUS-UK.
  • Completion of the placement will be recognised in your transcript.
  • Knowledge of environmental management techniques in different workplaces.
  • Insight into effective behaviour change methods.
  • Experience of communicating using a variety of different means.
  • Ability to support and encourage others to perform.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Time management skills.
  • Team development skills.
  • Project management skills.


To apply for this role please fill in Green Impact Project Assistant form and send it to sustainability@londonmet.ac.uk. Please note the applications for this position is currently closed.

Learn skills in environmental auditing, improve your CV and gain valuable employability skills with course that is IEMA approved!

The opportunity

London Metropolitan University has opportunities for students to attend free environmental auditing training sessions. Green Impact is an environmental change and engagement programme with an awards element, run across the UK and now internationally by the National Union of Students. There are currently over 200 organisations on- and off-campus across the UK taking part in Green Impact. 


You will receive a 3-hour training session approved by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment), teaching you about the Green Impact programme and environmental auditing. You will then immediately put your new skills into practice by conducting a number of audits. 

Skills that you will learn/develop include time management, teamwork and communication. You will also receive further resources including information on career development, further reading and a recommendation letter from NUS.

The commitment

Two half days, comprising:

  • 3 hour training session
  • At least 2 hours conducting audits
  • Make sure you are available on 28th April and 5th May 2020, 2-5pm

What skills do I need?

No technical knowledge is needed. Full training will be provided to fit in with any learning or access requirements. 

If you have all the information you need about this role, please fill in the application form below and send it to sustainability@londonmet.ac.uk. Please note, auditors will be selected from this application. 

Green Impact Auditor application form 2020

Green Impact Auditor video 2017-18

We are looking for a passionate and proactive Social Media and Communications ambassadors to join our team. As sustainability is so important to us and we would like to let others know how we are doing, we are seeking to improve our social media presence.

This role provides the opportunity for a talented and passionate communicator to improve our visibility and gain invaluable experience. As a Social Media and Communications ambassador you will play a key role within a small and dynamic team.

The successful candidate will be provided with professional support and development opportunities.

To apply for this role please fill in Social Media and Communications ambassador form and send it to sustainability@londonmet.ac.uk. Please note the applications for this position is currently closed.

We have several design projects available and student can choose one out of all (depending on the length of the volunteering required).

Projets include designing Green Week programme, develop digital content for Switch Off (Christmas or Easter related) or design sustainability event digital promotion for dgital screens and social media platforms.

Digital Media (Graphic Design) volunteering description

To apply for this role please send your CV and your examples of portfolio work to sustainability@londonmet.ac.uk. There is no closing date for this application.



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