Sustainability Smart Project Assistants

Sustainability Smart Project Assistants (SSPAs) are student volunteers who work closely with their assigned team to motivate, support and help them complete their toolkit.


What are Sustainability Smart Project Assistants?

Sustainability Smart Project Assistants (SSPAs) are student volunteers who work closely with their assigned team to motivate, support and help them complete their toolkit.

The role is flexible and a student along with their assigned team can decide upon the specific tasks that they will have over the course of the Sustainability Smart Awards. This allows both students and staff to get the most out of the placement. Students can learn valuable transferable skills and staff can get a helping hand with the workbook.

Example tasks include organising meetings and delegating projects to different team members; completing workbook criteria; delivering a fresh perspective on planning events and new initiatives; designing posters, or simply assisting as staff carry out the workbook actions.

What do students get from the role?

SSPAs gain invaluable experience in sustainability awareness and action in the workplace. Students get the opportunity to put into practice their interest in the environment and sustainability in a professional setting.

Students receive training from the NUS and gain a whole host of skills including project management, leadership, team development and communication – skills that are extremely valuable for future careers.

The SSPAs role is EDGE accredited.

How much time are students expected to dedicate to the scheme?

Students will dedicate a minimum of 1 hour a week on average. However, if students feel that they want to dedicate more time, then they can do so at their discretion and in agreement with their team.

Students : How do I apply?

Students can download the following documents:

SSPAs Job Description

How do departments sign up for a SSPA?

Just contact sustainability@ulster.ac.uk – students are hired at the beginning of the programme and after a training session, will be paired with teams who have requested student help.