Student opportunities and training

To keep up to date with the Environmental Sustainability team, why not join our student mailing list by emailing

You can also find out what the Environmental Sustainability team is up to by checking out our Estates Services newsfeed or events page. Make sure you also follow the team on Facebook and Twitter to ensure you are always kept up to date with the latest news and opportunities.

Be part of Student Switch Off

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Find out if your college is part of the Student Switch Off competition. Student Switch Off is an energy-saving competition between Oxford colleges with loads of prizes up for grabs. If you take part, you're in the running for prizes and cash towards your summer garden party. By becoming a college rep, you can also help encourage your fellow students to sign up and take part. Be sure to like Student Switch Off on Facebook to be kept up to date with competitions.

Boost your employability skills

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Green Impact

Green Impact is an environmental accreditation scheme that brings together staff and students across the University to play an active role in improving the sustainable practices of their office, building or department. More information can be found here.


The University’s Environmental Sustainability team offer various summer internships abroad that can be extended to year-long internships at the Environmental Sustainability team’s office in Oxford. These are organised through the International Alliance of Research Universities, which the University of Oxford is a member of. Applications are made through the Career Service’s International Internship Programme which goes live at the beginning of January each year. 

Become an Environment and Ethics Rep

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On a college level, you can become your college’s Environmental Rep on your JCR or MCR bench (and if you don’t have one yet – why not set up the position!). On a university level, check out OUSU’s Environment and Ethics branch for ways to contribute. 

Deliver your own carbon reduction project

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The Carbon Innovation Programme is an opportunity for students and staff to generate unique ideas for carbon reduction across the University during coming academic year (2015/16). This is an opportunity for teams or individuals to develop and deliver innovative carbon reduction projects which will make a real difference as well as gaining valuable experience and being in with the chance to win a University of Oxford Carbon Innovator Award. To find out more about the Carbon Innovation Programme click here: Carbon Innovation.

Student Green Impact Project Assistants

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Student project assistants work with staff teams to support and encourage them through the year to tackle the changes suggested by Green Impact. This can be hugely rewarding, and only takes a few hours per month.

Click here for Green Impact Project Assistant (199kb) full description of the role, or visit our events page to sign up to the training event on Wednesday 28 October. Please note that you must be able to attend this training event if you wish to become a Green Impact Project Assistant.