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We believe that you can make a real difference. You have the knowledge and expertise to help organisations answer important questions and turn your education into a force for social and environmental good.

Connect with charities and other organisations for your final year research and practical or design-based projects. Organisations often don’t have the time, resources, expertise to complete the research and projects that they need to.

Our For Good platform partners students on any course with organisations – helping them complete impactful, real-world research and projects.

2018 – 19 is the year of our exciting new pilot delivery of Placements for Good. We have a limited number of universities and colleges taking part in the South, South West and South Wales. During the pilot year placement partnerships are only open to students from participating institutions to ensure we can provide high quality support and development opportunities. Our participating institutions for 2018 – 19 are:

  • University Centre South Devon
  • Solent University
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s

For 2019 - 20 we will be promoting paid placements through our For Good platform. These placements will be open to all, in alignment with our NUS ethics around placements we believe placements should be accessible for all and therefore by only promoting paid placements we are encouraging employers to recognise the value students can bring to their organisations through financial reward.


Latest on our Placements for Good pilot

See how two students from UWTSD Carmarthen Business School are contributing towards the growth of community solar shares in Wales as part of their marketing internship with Egni Solar Cooperative, Awel Aman Tawe: Trinity St David’s Interns help raise over £473,000 in Community Shares.



Alumni of For Good partnerships - Stay in touch

We would love to stay in touch with all student past and present who have completed a For Good partnership, whether it be research, project or placement based.

We have recently launched a new Pathways for Good LinkedIn group where alumni of our For Good partnerships can stay in touch with us and each other to share learning, best practice and updates on opportunities, career directions and all things related to turning education into a force for good.

Please sign-up to our Pathways for Good LinkedIn group here.




What students have said...

"My highlight was seeing the impact of the research and how it will truly inform future work, both on a national and international scale, within the NUS and within research international research conferences"

"I believe it’s a highly valuable opportunity for students and partners, and can have a great impact on the achievement of partner organisation’s aspirations and thus societal progression!"

“…definitely an opportunity I’m proud to discuss, I believe it showed commitment and self-motivation of interest to employers working on behalf of an organisation and coordinating most things virtually."

“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!”

What organisations have said...

“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.”

"It has been good to work with the student to refine the project to meet both our needs and to get some in depth research on an area that is a high priority for us."

"Using the research, we were able to apply successfully to the Scottish Government Community Choices fund for match funding of £40k to carry out cost of the school day initiatives in the 12 primary schools in our targeted areas."