Mass engagement of students in halls of residence and purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) through improving sustainability literacy and introducing life-long sustainable living habits.
"Volunteering for the campaign has been a great learning experience and a good way to connect with students who share similar values, this made me feel more hopeful for the future." - Campaign Volunteer 2020-21
SOS-UK’s multi award-winning Residence Engagement Campaign engages students in residences and purpose built student accommodation on environmental and social sustainability and introduces life-long sustainable living habits.
The engagement activities communicate practical advice to achieve quantifiable energy, waste and water reductions.
The campaign builds students’ foundation of sustainability knowledge and literacy, focusing on enhancing student skills and experience, mobilising students to lead on sustainability initiatives.
Participating universities and PBSAs run an overall competition with an end of year prize as part of the campaign to help build and mobilise the student community.
Whilst living in residences or PBSAs, students can be supported via our wellbeing action weeks to increase awareness of a range of wellbeing topics, enhancing their residential experience.
Across the academic year SOS-UK will run three wellbeing action weeks focused around different themes:
This work builds upon the years of experience SOS-UK have improving student health and wellbeing as a core part of our vision for a more just and sustainable society. SOS-UK will deliver the action weeks either in conjunction with the Residence Engagement Campaign or run as an independent stand-alone option. Find out more about our work on Alcohol, Drugs and Student Wellbeing.
We have seen over the past few years that students benefit from increased access to, and understanding of, nature. This improves wellbeing and provides a broader understanding of sustainability. Across the academic year SOS-UK will run three biodiversity action weeks focused around different themes:
Recycling audits in student residences and PBSAs provide a visual check of student recycling and waste segregation at key points in the year to both feedback performance to students, and to provide a greater understanding on recycling habits. Students are incentivised and informed on how and why to improve correct waste segregation. SOS-UK can deliver the audits either in conjunction with the Residence Engagement Campaign or run as an independent stand-alone option.
Our research shows that students are increasingly concerned about energy bills, and struggle with cold, damp homes. Our support package for students in the private rented sector includes a campus visit, training for students and a communication pack to share relevant information.
SOS-UK can facilitate a bespoke student engagement package that includes elements of our core programme and/or further bespoke engagement & education activities that you would like us to run. Please get in touch for more information.
For more information please contact us.
We have guidance and actions you can take to improve the sustainability of where you are living, whether you are in halls of residence, privately-rented or any other living situation.
You can find out if your university or halls provider is signed up to our student engagement campaign, which will give you additional opportunities to get involved, volunteer and win prizes.
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