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For Good | National Union of Students

Welcome to Research for Good

Research for good offers students and organisations the opportunity to collaborate on impactful research that can contribute to the betterment of society and the environment.

How does it work?
Students and organisations register and create profiles, then search through the database to find their perfect partner. We help them set up a successful partnership in order to complete research together. It's as simple as that!

Prior to starting any piece of research, students and partner organisations have meetings to agree on research intentions, methods and final outputs. Many organisations find it useful for students to summarise their research findings into a report, presentation or even a short video.

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Through the partnerships we facilitate, students to gain the opportunity to apply their academic learning to a real-world setting whilst making a meaningful impact to the organisations they are partnered with. The For Good platform is open to all tertiary education students and graduates through the age of 35 regardless of their course or level of study.

Case Studies

Georgina Buffham

Are bioaugmentation and aeration tablets a viable alternative to traditional silt dredging techniques in canals?

Danielle Katz

Insights into Influences on Personal Sustainable Behaviour: Participation in Formal Sustainability Programmes


How ethical is international volunteering in LEDCs?

Thomas Haines

A baseline assessment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Danielle Foster

An examination of the engagement of UK universities (BSc Geography, University of Exeter)

Paul Drury

UK Trade Unions engagement with climate change and the need for a ‘just transition’



“We have been working in the same way for a long time and needed to be challenged – it was good to have someone from outside come at it from a different direction.”

“We get a fresh perspective on our work as well as provide an opportunity for students wanting to gain more experience in the charity sector.”

“…a great opportunity for charities like the Trust to work with students on projects that we may not have time to do otherwise”

“Getting a new perspective on our work and what we’re trying to achieve.

“It’s really rewarding to be involved with DfG we found the research a real value to use.”


“I saw the chance to develop my own understanding of the sustainability issues in question, as well as strengthen my real-world research experience.”

“…definitely an opportunity I’m proud to discuss, I believe it showed commitment and self-motivation of interest to employers working

“It was truly wonderful to be able to support the Fairtrade Foundation and engage with my interests in the field, and my passion for this will hopefully shine through to employers into the future!”

“My only recommendation would be to promote the programme more so that more can embrace the opportunity.”

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Our For Good platform is giving you the opportunity to be a part of meaningful, exciting and important work into sustainability and social responsibility. We are at the cutting edge of the field, with enthusiastic and intelligent students answering the real questions that organisations have. Register for updates on our For Good platform if you're interested in finding out more about NUS' sustainability action and how you can get involved. We will share updates and news on new real-world research, applied projects and impactful work placements. Our newsletter will keep you up to date on new opportunities, latest news and case studies of completed partnerships.

  • Your data will only be shared between SOS-UK, and your organisation/ university or college. Your data will only be used in relation to the For Good opportunities you have stated an interest in.