Real World Learning
The Office of Sustainability is located in the Learning Futures Portfolio with the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning Transformations) Professor Simon Barrie. This provides us with a renewed focus on Education for Sustainability (EfS) and curriculum transformation. We aim to connect our students to real world learning opportunities within a structured learning environment and we can match student with potential sustainability themed work placement and research project placements via our UNU RCE Greater Western Sydney centre. We have links with local councils, NGOs, government instrumentalities and we can also arrange degree-based projects, internships and volunteering opportunities with our partners.
Want to get involved? Contact the sustainability team for available opportunities.
Students at the Bridge to the World 2017 International Youth Camp
Past Student Experiences
International Youth Camp: Bridge to the World
The 2nd Bridge to the World International Youth Camp held in Tongyeong, South Korea, supported 3 Western Sydney students to partake in a 2-week intensive focusing on Sustainable Development in July 2017. Students Shannon Khalifeh (B. Law/B. Science), Isabelle Figatowski (B. Science) and Sam Opt'Land (M. Teaching/B. Social Science (Geography and Urban Studies)), along with 30 other delegates from 13 different countries, learnt how to become leaders in their communities and support local change.
Find out more about previous international student experiences
Case Study: Social Sustainability with St Vinnies
In 2016 final year marketing students in the School of Business are compiling marketing plans for St Vincent de Paul, as part of their capstone marketing unit: Marketing Planning Project. This project is a win-win for both the students and St Vinnies. The students are writing a marketing plan for an industry client and learning new skills and St Vinnies have near to professional marketing plans presented to them for their future marketing. The focus for the marketing plans is Vinnies' retail operations in Western Sydney. The students investigate the overall environment, customers, competitors, St Vinnies themselves and then devise strategies to take advantage of any opportunity or issue that they deem as critical. Students use a variety of information gathering tools including primary and secondary market research which allows insight into the marketplace. Students work to a budget but are able to be as creative as possible when devising solutions for Vinnies. The University and St Vinnies are looking forward to seeing a variety of creative marketing solutions from our budding marketers.
Case Study: Laura and Leachate – Parramatta Council
Parramatta City Council (PCC) are supporting Natural Science students in their field studies project throughout 2016. Laura Jones is investigating whether an ex-landfill site is contaminating a near-by creek with leachate in Dundas Valley through macro-invertebrate collection and water quality testing. A pilot study was undertaken in April, with preliminary results aligning with that of typical urban streams impacted by pollution. Laura is in the final stages of collecting her data and will prepare a final official report for PCC that will assist future planning and programs. Other third year research topics this year include duck behaviour at Lake Parramatta, Cumberland Plain Land Snail distribution in Parramatta LGA and a Frog study at Baludarri Wetlands.
World Solar Challenge
Integrated within the university, the Solar Car Team bring students out from a theoretical world into a more practical environment to apply their knowledge and expand their horizons. We are made up of undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines ranging from engineering, computing, business, media & communications. The racing car showcase cutting-edge sustainable engineering and demonstrate the incredible potential of electric vehicle technologies. By designing a car to run on solar power alone, they are driving the changes in vehicle efficiency and new technologies for a low-carbon future.