Engaged Learning

The University of Bristol is keen to work in partnership with the local community.  One way of achieving this is offering opportunities for students to work with local organisations as part of their degree. This is called Engaged Learning.  It offers the opportunity for students to work on a real world issue and gain knowledge from the local community. 

Partners find the projects beneficial through:

'I felt part of a team - I felt it provided me with expertise in a way - where I do not have the capacity to attend to so many things which I know is necessary, but to be able to leave it in the capable hands if young passionate students with the dedication to complete and commit. I felt very supported..' - NGO partner 2016

The University have partnered with a wide range of organisations including NGOs. Charities, CICs, businesses, consultancies and governmental organisations.

Students have worked on a variety of issues including: business planning, improving biodiversity in Bedminster, the impact of food interventions on health, Myrtle Triangle alternative energy supplies, flood risk management, integrating the UNEP Sustainable Development Goals into corporate sustainability reporting and predicting cloud coverage for potential renewable energy sites.


Live projects:


Free Business Planning Support available

Do you need help creating a business plan to secure funding? International Development University of Bristol students can work with your organisation to produce a business plans, this can include developing volunteer management strategies. In the past we have worked with small community interest companies, charities, NGOs and neighbourhood groups. If you are interested in being involved in Feb-April 2018, please see Business Planning Info (PDF, 212kB) for further info and complete the application form.


MSc Environmental Policy and Management

Students on this course can undertake a Consultancy Unit in partnership with an external organisation with support and guidance from academic staff.  Organisations are recruited in October/ November and with the work conducted February to Easter.

This course also runs a Dissertation Partnership Scheme where students work on their dissertation with an external organisation. Partners are recruited post-Christmas with the dissertation conducted between May and September. 

Topics that can be covered relate to environmental policy and management issues (broadly defined) at any scale, from the very local (e.g.  urban transport policies) to the global (e.g. multilateral emissions agreements), and across sectors (i.e. public, private and non-profit). Past partners (through the DPS scheme) have included the Environment Agency, Defra, Welsh Government, the International Energy Agency, the International Emissions Trading Association, Resource Futures, Sustain Ltd., Bristol Energy Network, and the Schumacher Institute.

If you are interested in being involved please email sean.fox@bristol.ac.uk.


Other projects:

Research Methods in Physical Geography BSc

Do you or any of your colleagues have a research question that you’d like answered or a project that you would like to develop in partnership with a University of Bristol student enrolled on our Physical Geography programme?

We would like to hear from environmental organisations and voluntary groups that may be interested in working with our students on a real-world project. We are looking for projects that require analytical assessment of environmental conditions in soil, water or air.

If this is something that may interest please see the Physical Geography (PDF, 204kB) of how the scheme works and the initial application form‌. To participate, you would need to submit by late November 2017.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Hannah Tweddell or Rachel Flecker or David Richards.


MSc Climate Change

This course also runs a Dissertation Partnership Scheme where students work on their dissertation with an external organisation.  Partners are recruited October - December with the dissertation conducted between January and September. 

Previous years dissertation topics include: the impact of future climate change on carbon stocks on forests, a model to project twenty first century sea level rise, sea level rise and the implications for inundation of crop land in the UK and Bangladesh, the effects of geoengineering on El Nino and near real time flood delineation utilising an Earth monitoring satellite system.

If you are interested in being involved please email hannah.tweddell@bristol.ac.uk.