Whether your ambition is to be a film maker, nurse or computer scientist, sustainability is the game changing agenda that is critical for all professions. We want to help you navigate your future career with a head-start on the professional issues around sustainability whatever industry you will be working in.

Join a Sustainability Workshop

We offer different workshops delivered by sustainability experts and they can contribute to your Gloucestershire Employability Award:

  • Sustainability skills – delivered by the Sustainability Team
    Understand the basics on sustainability and what it means for your studies and career ambitions. Get the essential insights, skills and thinking tools to make a positive impact.
  • Specialist topics – delivered by academic experts or our external partners
    Explore the wide range of ways that sustainability plays out in different jobs and industries – from working with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to Communications for Ethical Leadership.
  • Social enterprise – delivered by our School of Business and Technology
    Explore how sustainability can take your innovation concept to the next level and see how to connect social, economic and environmental value in your business start-up.

The offer varies each year so visit the Future Plan portal to see what’s coming up. Follow us on social media for up to date news:

Radical Sustainability

In 2019 we partnered with Interface, corporate sustainability leaders on the global stage, to run the Radical Sustainability masterclass.

Students from 8 courses exhibited coursework and projects against the Radical Sustainability competition brief and competed for professional prizes, with the winner joining Interface at Clerkenwell Design Week.

Our finalists were invited to the masterclass with Interface and local business leaders, to learn from the best about future innovation for sustainability. The finalists also experienced an exclusive business challenge workshop delivered by Interface on their new Climate Take Back programme.

Do a sustainability internship or placement

Our internships and placements offer flexible work experience that is future-facing and brings global sustainability into your professional outlook, helping you see the links with your studies and career.

These opportunities are open to all students on all courses and you can be placed on campus, working on sustainability projects in university departments, or off campus with one of our RCE Severn partners. Projects can be as wide-ranging as developing new products, creating communications, primary research, filming and animations, or student engagement campaigns.

Contact our Sustainability Engagement Manager to find out more.

Ashley, Dan & Toby

TV Production

Producing short films for the University Sustainability Team to showcase their activities. Published the film to support the launch of the Sustainability Strategy 2017-2022 (produced in collaboration with Unit 1 films). Film of Sustainability Showcase 2017 to promote and celebrate activities of the Learning Innovation for Tomorrow projects.

“I gained new skills and experiences that I wouldn’t have had through my studies, like meeting professional deadlines and working for a company to create marketing videos. I learnt sustainability was more than I first thought, and covered things like education.”

Image of students filming for Sustainability team to showcase their activities


3rd Year International Business

Undertook research on industry best practice in responsible purchasing and slavery in the global IT supply chains. Advice to the University’s IT team which helped guide them in making changes to key contracts awarded for new IT equipment and services, including the major new investment in cyber security.

“The internship gave me an opportunity to learn a huge amount about sustainability and ethics in the IT industry, something I wasn’t aware of before but hope will add to my employability.”

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Find out what employers are saying

In 2017 this consumer study revealed that 33% of 30,000 consumers in 5 countries now choose brands that do good and this means an untapped 1 trillion dollars of sales opportunities businesses are keen to leverage.

(Accenture – The Consumer Study: From Marketing to Mattering)

In the follow up 2018 Accenture report, Unilever report their ‘sustainable living’ brands are now growing 50% faster than other products and delivering 60% of their growth, based on the sustainability value chain.

(Accenture Strategy – To Affinity and Beyond)

Forward thinking universities are now focused on helping graduates to take this agenda forward – one trend spotting report from 2010 surveyed 700 organisations across different industry sectors and found 93% were planning to incorporate sustainability into their strategies and looking for fresh talent to support this aim.

(Leadership skills for a sustainable economy, BITC/ EDF Energy, 2010)

Look for jobs in sustainability

Whatever your degree or research specialism, an awareness of the professional impact and contribution you can make to healthier, cleaner, happier societies will give you an edge in your future career.

Here are some links to recruitment websites which advertise dedicated sustainability-related opportunities for graduates looking to work in a wide range of sectors:

  • Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges Jobs
  • Environment Jobs
  • Change Agents UK Sustainability Jobs
  • Charity Jobs
  • National Union of Students Jobs
  • Bond International Development Jobs

For more information on developing graduate skills, speak to the future plan team or your course tutor:

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