Posted on 28/02/2013
MSc Sustainability and Management students presented the results of their volunteering projects in an evening poster reception on February 28 2013. As part of the MSc course students have to complete 24 hours of voluntary work for an organisation working within the broad field of sustainability. This event was an opportunity for them to discuss their work with staff, students and members of the organisations they volunteered for.
This year students volunteered for a diverse range of organisations: Age UK, Earth Charter International, Environmental Justice Foundation, Greenpeace, Groundwork, the National Trust, Oxfam, Prince's Countryside Fund and Thames 21. Students organise their own volunteer placements, produce individual reports and posters on their findings. The course provides important insights into how sustainability is understood in real-life situations, as well as the challenges of achieving sustainability. It also gives students important workplace experience which can be useful in their future careers. Many students continue to volunteer with the same organisations after the course has finished, and some are offered paid employment and permanent positions.
The MSc in Sustainability and Management is run by the Department of Geography and the School of Management at Royal Holloway and attracts students from all over the world. Pictured are some of this year's students and staff: Top row, L to R: Kiersten Gilbert, Ben Kingsnorth, Dr Mike Dolton, Aine Fuller, Alexandra Wagner, Jennifer Mealing; Front role, L to R: Anna Harries, Nisha Abu Baker, Dr He-Young Kim, Jihee Choi, Xiuyue Shan.