Published: 21 May 2014

Green project students attend parliamentary reception

Ann Qualter and Tom Bee

Representatives from the University and Liverpool Guild of Students (LGoS) attended the recent National Union of Students (NUS) parliamentary reception at the House of Lords to celebrate the positive impacts of the Students’ Green Fund.

Vice-President of LGoS, Tom Bee was joined by Director of Academic Development and Lifelong Learning, Ann Qualter and MP Louise Ellman to represent Liverpool’s Green Guild project at the event.

The Green Guild project was awarded £300,000 by the Students’ Green Fund and aims to facilitate a student-led transformation of sustainability engagement, education, and outreach in the University community and Liverpool.

David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Lord Redesdale and Steve Egan, Deputy Chief executive for HEFCE attended the event which showcased the creativity, diversity, green credentials and business acumen of students’ unions across the country.

Using £5million of funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), NUS has helped 25 students’ unions from across England to develop proposals for ambitious green projects, leading to step-changes in pro-environmental behaviour across higher education.

Tom Bee said: “It was great meeting the other Students Unions’, hearing their achievements and gathering some inspiration and ideas for next year. There are many strands to the Green Guild project and we’ve seen a wide range of students getting involved, from volunteers delivering green lessons to local schools to the development of 12 campus-based student social enterprise projects.

“We are also working in partnership with many University departments to drive forward curriculum changes to include vital sustainability skills and content, using our students own experiences and views to shape future change.”

Toni Pearce, NUS President, said: “I’m so proud of everyone that has taken part in this programme. The 25 projects which we have supported over the last two years are truly transformative initiatives; projects which will put English higher education on the map for its world-leading sustainability credentials.”

Steve Egan, Deputy Chief Executive of HEFCE, said: “Students’ Green Fund has come at the right time, with universities and students eager to engage in meeting this truly global challenge. This initiative follows more than a decade of work by the sector to improve its sustainability performance…It has been a true collective effort, with students at the heart of the endeavour.”

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