In 2016, the Student Engagement and Enhancement team expanded their flagship 'Connector' programme, which saw the recruitment of ten 'Green Connectors' working with the Sustainability Hub.
The Connector programme was set up to link students seeking employment with key services in the University. This aim of the programme is for students to work with host departments to define, develop and lead projects that engage a wider student audience and raise the profile of things that students are passionate about. The programme offers students a chance to:
Following an initial briefing session, Green Connectors were able to develop their own approach to the challenges set for them by the Hub - how to raise awareness around waste and recycling, and how to embed sustainability within the curriculum.The outcomes of both projects have been hugely valuable to the Hub, for example the design of new communications to promote use of the correct bins, and focus groups that revealed 70% of Kingston students would like to be formally taught about sustainability through their course. Feedback from the Connectors about their experience has also been positive.
Cindy Van Rees, 2016 Green Connector
"Working as a Green Connector, during my MA Sustainable Design as incredibly valuable. It allowed me to put the skills and knowledge that I gained throughout my studies, into practice in a quite specific working environment; university. This allowed me to see things from different perspectives; next to my own and that of the designer, I could now also understand those of big organisations like universities and the professionals that focus on environmental issues within those organisations, which was very helpful. Working as a Green Connector while studying was reciprocal; My studies enriched my work and my work enriched my studies, which I highly valued. Just as important, working as a Green Connector was very pleasurable, it was lovely to meet like-minded people from different backgrounds and studies, and work together. That collaboration was something I very much valued."
Download further information about the outcomes of the 2015/16 Green Connector programme.