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Volunteering Projects Provide Insights into Sustainability

Posted on 14/03/2014
Sustainability and Management poster presentations 2014

Staff and Students from the MSc in Sustainability and Management. Credit: Katie Willis

Students from the MSc in Sustainability and Management gave poster presentations on their volunteering projects this week. As part of their degree, students have to complete 20 hours of volunteering in an organisation which engages with concepts of sustainability in some way. This experience allows students to see how the concept of sustainability is used in a particular setting, as well as the barriers to sustainable practices. Additionally, the volunteering experience provides students with a chance to develop generic skills which are used in the workplace.

This year, students volunteered for organisations as diverse as Oxfam, the Kahaila Cafe, Thames Chase Community Forest, Bananalink, the National Trust in Runnymede and Friends of Northern Steigerwald National Park in Bavaria, Germany. For many students, this was their first experience of volunteering, often because there is no tradition of volunteering in their home country. What was particularly inspiring was how many students had continued to volunteer with the organisation long after their 20-hour assessment requirement had been completed. 

The MSc in Sustainability and Management is a joint degree run by the Department of Geography and the School of Management. For further information please see the MSc homepage or contact the course director, Dr Mike Dolton.



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