Sustainability is part of everything we do: our research, our curricula, our buildings, and the student experience. The University has a long history of sustainability action, winning numerous awards for its work. Bristol was the first UK city with European Green Capital status in 2015 and our community played a significant role in helping the city deliver this. Sustainability is still one of the central strands shaping the University's vision of the future. Bristol University was also the first university in the world to announce a Climate Emergency.
The Fairtrade University & College Award
Our 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 and colleges to achieve Fairtrade status. Universities and colleges 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 audit will be conducted at each university and college to verify their level of achievement.
No technical knowledge is needed as full training will be provided. However, there are a few desirable qualities that a student auditor would already have:
• A passion for ethical purchasing
• An interest in social and ethical issues
• Confident speaking to new people, and working within a team
• Competent with use of Microsoft Excel
• Ability to act in a professional manner
Skills you will gain:
• Leadership • Communication
• Presentation skills and public speaking
• Time management
• Problem solving
You will also have the opportunity to be part of a new award, meet like-minded students and learn more about Fairtrade and ethical consumption.
How do I get involved?
Register your interest by filling out the volunteer application form online by Sunday 18th April: https://survey.sos-uk.org/index.php/811452?lang=en
Spaces may be limited at each university. We (NUS/SOS) will be in touch with successful applicants with details of the training session and the next steps the week after the deadline.
Application deadline: 18-04-2021