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EcoCampus Sustainable Development for Students

As part of Queen Mary's commitment to integrate sustainable development into all aspects of our operations, we are currently offering all student the opportunity to complete a free optional module on sustainable development with EcoCampus.

This self-guided online Sustainable Development course provides a structured overview of sustainability and environmental management.

At the end of this course you will have enhanced your knowledge of:

  • The principles of sustainable development
  • The role that EcoCampus plays in Queen Mary’s environmental sustainability journey
  • Ways in which you can make a difference.

On completion of the course, you will be able to take a short online quiz and if you achieve a minimum score of 80% will be awarded a certificate of achievement. This certificate carries Continuing Professional Development (CPD) recognition. 

EcoCampus Sustainable Development course for Students


Student groups

Every year the QMUL Sustainability team helps support a student group with a focus on sustainability: the Green Mary Group. The aim of the group is to work together to improve and tackle sustainability issues on campus. If you would like to join check the Facebook group or email t.stockton@qmul.ac.uk for more information. 

Following campaigning, students in recent years have passed policies aiming to incentivise students to reduce the amount of meat they consume and campaigned to raise awareness of single-use plastics and reduce waste. 

You can also get involved with the Sustain @ BL student group who aim to raise awareness of environmental issues, educate students and staff on how to make more sustainable choices and integrate more into the local community to create long-lasting positive relationships between Barts and The London and our surroundings. To find out more you can contact them here. 

Sustainability projects and campaigns

Each year the Students' Union and University run a number of sustainability campaigns to which aim to make a difference to the overall sustainability of the campus, or the behaviours of QMUL staff and students. For example, through our termly Reuse scheme, we collect donations from departing students and give them a new home with arriving students. As well as supporting these campaigns through the Green Mary group, students are also supported by the Students' Union Sustainability Coordinator to run their own campaigns and initiatives. Among the campaigns and initiatives run by students in 2019/20 are;

  • A clothes swap run by Green Mary and the Fashion Society
  • An environmental careers event by the Pro Bono Law Society
  • A food drive for Bow Foodbank held at the Students' Union Sports Night Hail Mary

Please contact the Students' Union Sustainability Coordinator if you'd like to work together on a sustainability initiative t.stockton@qmul.ac.uk.  

Sustainability volunteering

As well as the events and volunteering with our student groups, the Students' Union runs a range of volunteering opportunities on campus and in the local community for students to get involved in. If you have any questions or an idea for a volunteering activity please contact su-volunteering@qmul.ac.uk. Volunteering opportunities are updated regularly and in 2019/20 included;

  • Canal clean-ups
  • Bulb and wildflower planting
  • Lunchtime gardening
  • Helping out at Bow Food Bank
  • Transporting spare food from the Student's Union to Hackney Winter Night Shelter

Student voice in sustainability

Students are able to influence sustainability decisions at the Students' Union and University through the Sustainability Officer. Each year a current student is elected to this part-time position and sits on student council where they vote on policy. Contact this year's Sustainability Officer Grace McMeekin to find out more about our Sustainability Board and Student Council.

From September 2020 the Students' Union will have an elected Sustainability Board. This board features five student representatives and meets times a year to dicuss sustainability issues. Please contact t.stockton@qmul.ac.uk with any questions or matters for discussion at the Sustainability Board. 

Sustainability awards

Each year the Students' Union runs Sustainability Awards to recognise student contributions to sustainability at QMUL. Find out more about our winners in 2020.

Keep an eye on the Students' Union website and follow us on our green social media channels Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to keep up to date with the latest green news and events.