Q2 Report 2018-19

Report Date
February 2019

Positive relationship with VP Community, working on a diverse range of projects. Very supportive of efforts on the SDGs and student engagement activities. Longer term relationship with the Students' Association to be reviewed following staff changes. 

24 applications were submitted to the Student Project Grant, following an evaluation of the applications a total of 8 projects were selected to receive funding. £4,000 of funding was provided to student-led projects. 

Find below a full outline of the 2018 Student Project Grant finalists.

Ascham Court- plant growing

The community garden will enable learning in gardening and food growing, and benefit residents from an active space to practice sustainability and reconnect people with green space. The plant garden will function as a central hub for exchanging sustainable practice ideas whilst educating students on food waste. 

Precious Plastic Edinburgh

Precious Plastic Edinburgh, in collaboration with the society Engineering 4 Change, will make plastic recycling machines to recycle plastic waste into everyday products. These will include everything from phone cases to art by using a 3D printer. They believe the future of this world lies in circular economies and our university should be the first to embrace this change.

Smoothie Bike

The Salisbury Court Sustainability Awards Team will design and build their own smoothie bike which can be used by all Residence Life sites to promote healthy eating and active travel. The bike will be functional as a bicycle as well as a smoothie maker so that it can be cycled between the venues.

Change, the conversation

This will be a student-led podcast focusing upon contemporary sustainability issues and their possible solutions. It is intended to engage young people with an interest in sustainability but who lack access and/or time to research topics in depth. Each episode will feature multiple interviews with relevant guests, as well as a call-to-action for the listener to incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday lives and consider their environmental impacts as a consumer.

Brae House

This project will create design a small community vegetable/herb garden in an existing bed at Brae Houser Student accommodation.  The garden will provide a space for collaboration and learning and additionally a useful and sustainable source of fresh produce. By creating a functional community space, residents can get involved with sustainable food productions.  The garden will act as a central point in the courtyard for people to gather and build positive relationships  and will have a positive effect on students’ wellbeing.

R Sustainable Fashion Show 2019

The R Sustainable Fashion Show (RSFS) aims to investigate the link between the sciences and the arts through the theme of sustainability. It is a student-run thought-provoking fashion show, exhibition and showcase event. The event also provides a platform for student designers to showcase their work, and includes an exhibition space where local companies can present sustainable products.

Conscious Change Workshop

The project will include four workshops that teach people how to create everyday products in a sustainable manner from scratch; by reusing, combining and transforming materials. The materials and tools for every workshop will be provided and will be locally sourced. Students will be able to take a crafted product back home and use it to contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle

Winds of Change: Engineering for Change

Winds of Change is comprised of a team of 30 students  who will build a 1kW wind turbine from scratch. Aiming to create a network of people passionate about wind energy will help students learn more about the industry as a whole, and promote further interest and innovation.  They’re also planning to host talks and other events on the subject of wind energy and finally documenting the project and making the design available online.

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Student Project Grant and Student Association Collaboration
SRS - Student Experience, Learning and Research
Project Manager
Rachel Chisholm
Project Sponsor
Michelle Brown
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In Progress
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