Our new intake of Frontrunners have arrived in the sustainability team! Passionate, eager and focused, our interns are ready to promote sustainability throughout campus, and make a real difference to how students and staff alike understand and tackle environmental issues.
About the programme;
The Frontrunners scheme offers you the opportunity to apply for paid internships at the university working on real tasks, with current DMU employees. Internships in the past have varied from administration roles and social media work to supporting the Vice-Chancellor’s Office and project work within faculties and DMU’s professional services departments, as well as some lab-based opportunities.
The Sustainability team’s frontrunners are working on a range of different sustainability projects at DMU including communicating what the uni is doing on these important issues. Projects include Student Switch Off, which an energy saving competition between halls of residence, encourages more sustainable travel habits, measuring and reporting DMU’s carbon footprint and delivering the Responsible Futures programme. This is an NUS programme focused on putting sustainability at the heart of higher education formal and informal learning. Its overall aim is to help students gain the knowledge, skills and experiences needed to thrive as global citizens.
Scroll down to get to know each new frontrunner and their role within the DMU sustainability team!
Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner (Social Media and Communications) – Molly Manley
Molly is a third year student studying Media and Communications at DMU. Her role in the Responsible Futures programme is to utilise social media to promote events around the university linked to sustainability, and keep students and staff updated with how they can get involved with helping environmental issues. Alongside this, she will be writing relevant blogs (such as this one!) shedding light on important and fun topics.
Molly has had previous experience with social media and blogging in an internship with a Media Web Design company; here she learnt how to optimise social media in order to promote content efficiently. With this, Molly has a general passion for helping the environment and becoming a more active member of the community through this. She has volunteered abroad in LEDC’s such as Thailand, teaching English to underprivileged school, and has taken part in DMUGlobal trips and volunteered there too. Molly holds personal importance over the UN Development Goals, and wishes to enter a media orientated career within a charity to ensure that these UN Goals are met.
Molly wants to share her passion to make a difference in society, and becoming a frontrunner has given her an opportunity in doing just this.
Responsible Futures Frontrunner – Kaie Small-Warner
Kaie is a doctoral researcher on strategic sustainable development in the built environment at DMU’s Leicester School of Architecture. Kaie completed her BSc. at Florida Institute of Technology and then started her career as an engineer in the oil & gas industry. It is working within this industry that increased her awareness of global climate change challenges and advanced her interest in alternative solutions. She moved on to complete a MSc. in Sustainable Energy and Entrepreneurship at University of Nottingham. Her thesis reviewed main barriers to renewable energy diffusion and investigated business models that could help accelerate deployment. She then worked with a solar energy start up on the design, installation and monitoring of residential and commercial solar PV systems. One of the highlights from this experience was helping clients understand their electricity consumption and the impact of generating their own electricity. She is now continuing research on how science and business models can help increase awareness and accelerate sustainable development. Her passion is to work with organizations committed to the fight against poverty, inequality and climate change. Within this Frontrunner role, she hopes to contribute to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Responsible Futures by facilitating forums, workshops and awareness campaigns across the university.
Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner – Charlotte Lingham
Charlotte is a 20 year old Media and Communication student at DMU from a small town near Loughborough. She spends a lot of time playing with makeup and learning new skills, which she often puts on her own blog. Charlotte has always been actively involved with political movements and campaigns, from being involved with Amnesty International at the age of 11, to going on DSU’s consent march last year. Therefore this frontrunner position shall enable her to be involved in more important campaigns during her time at university. She has always been conscious of environmental and sustainability problems and how we all can all help as individuals in the fight to save the planet. Until about a year ago, her main involvement in sustainable behaviour was the usual turning off the lights, turning down the heating, recycling type, and then she discovered reusable sanitary products, which has made her more conscious about waste in general and how she can do my bit to reduce it.
Her specific role as a Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner involves staff and student engagement. This means working at events and online to get students involved in thinking and living more sustainably. Charlotte will be working on a number of projects and campaigns throughout the year, including the NUS Student Switch Off and NUS Green Impact. The goal is to get more students engaging in DMUs events and activities, so that everyone has the knowledge and skills to help to create a more sustainable planet.