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Meliora symposium – A day of Dissemination

Date: 02/05/2018

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May 2018

Meliora symposium – A day of Dissemination

I was fortunate enough to be a Presentation speaker at the Meliora; International Symposium of Sustainability Research, kindly hosted at the University of Southampton, as a result of my (now completed) Dissertations for Good Research. The Symposium theme was based around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, linking in with the meaning of Meliora, Latin, meaning ‘for the pursuit of the better’.

My research focused on the links between the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and European National Student Unions, such as the NUS. A unique factor about my research was that my Organisation was in fact the National Union of Students (NUS), resulting in a title of “A baseline assessment of the United Nations SDGs within European Student Union web environments”.

In terms of the event itself, it was a fantastic opportunity to meet students from over 15 institutions, with over 70 delegates present. It was a brilliant day to hear about many varied research projects linked to all the SDG’s.

Two keynote speakers were in attendance, namely Georgia Hughes, an Environment and Sustainability Consultant who graduated from the University of Southampton in 2013. Since graduating, she has worked for Mott MacDonald in Cambridge and Croydon with a brief stint in the Middle East, working on projects from railways to airports to city master planning, with a recent award of the Inspirational Graduate of the Last Decade Award.

Secondly, there was Matthias Marx, who studied Environmental Sciences and focused on environmental chemistry at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, with a bachelor thesis about microplastic use in cosmetics. Following this, he studied Marine Environmental Sciences at the Universität of Oldenburg at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment in 2015.

I was fortunate enough to see a range of presentations from students – subsequently with a range of outcomes and current levels of work completed. This enabled a lot of academic debate and questions, on everything from Education for Sustainable Development in West Midlands Schools, to Student Engagement, Waste Management and – in my case – European Student Unions.

The ability to present a completed piece of work to a crowd of people who were interested in my work, and subsequently able to ask me questions regarding the current stage of research and future applications, was a brilliant experience. I would like to thank all parties involved, such as UWE Bristol, the NUS and Department for Sustainability in the process of making and refining the piece of work. In future, the work itself from all delegates will have the opportunity to be published in a special Symposium Edition of the Meliora Journal, to disseminate the research further.

My Presentation: https://coursecast.soton.ac.uk/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=27d72a69-2e8a-4931-b1d3-ba98258057f3

Thomas Haines
Year Three Environmental Sciences Undergraduate (2015-18)

Environmental Association of Universities & Colleges (EAUC) Sustainability Champion – Student, Highly Commended Finalist (Nov 2017)

Midlothian Council

Date: 06/06/2017

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Information about Midlothian Council’s partnerships with students from the University of Edinburgh and a call for feedback.

UNESCO's "Good practice in Education for Sustainable Development in the UK"

Date: 01/03/2017

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We are featured within the NUS case study (number 3) showing students as change agents.

Guild HE

Date: 23/11/2016

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Dissertations for Good is mentioned in a report authored by NUS and Guild HE highlighting the social contribution of higher education to society in developing students as citizens.

CIEH Housing Policy Bulletin #56

Date: 31/08/2016

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The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health featured Dissertations for Good in one of its policy bulletins.

Greener Jobs Alliance newsletter

Date: 30/07/2016

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NUS is a Greener Jobs Alliance partner and they featured our Dissertations for Good scheme on their news feed in July (scroll down the page past the PDF documents to see).

Keep Scotland Beautiful

Date: 04/05/2016

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Keep Scotland Beautiful have helped publicise Dissertations for Good to its members, as a useful way of getting important work done.

Students able to support research projects - NHS Sustainable Development Unit

Date: 26/04/2016

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The NHS Sustainable Development Unit believes that Dissertations for Good is a great way to help organisations outsource their research and development needs. It is encouraging healthcare organisations to take part and even has its own profile listed on the website.

Sustainable Exhibitions for Museums

Date: 20/04/2016

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We were asked to attend the April Sustainable Exhibitions for Museums conference to talk about our work. A round up of the day is provided here.

Centre for Excellence in Learning

Date: 04/03/2016

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The Centre for Excellence in Learning at Bournemouth University featured Dissertations for Good in one of its regular news pieces.

How student volunteering is leading the way - National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Date: 08/02/2016

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The NCVO featured a blog from NUS’ president and chief executive about student volunteering and the important contribution that Dissertations for Good could make.

CIBSE works with university to develop dissertations - Chartered Institute for Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

Date: 11/01/2016

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CIBSE talk about their Dissertations for Good project with students from the University of West London, which was a part of our pilot.

As the government steps back, the NUS steps up! - Jonathon Porritt

Date: 29/11/2015

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The Department for Sustainability spoke to Jonathon Porritt about all of our work. In his blog, he gave a great overview of what we do, including Dissertations for Good.

Five things every student should do for the planet

Date: 09/10/2015

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Piers Telemacque (VP Society & Citizenship) talked about Dissertations for Good in an article for The Guardian.

Your students can write dissertations that change the world - NUS

Date: 28/09/2015

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NUS wrote this article on one of the projects completed in the pilot year of Dissertations for Good.