Introducing the Student Consultancy Hub


Welcome to the page of the Student Consultancy Hub. The Hub is a platform that facilitates research on ‘real life’ sustainability issues by students from various studies at the university. The Hub aims to gather cases on sustainability from the university, as well as from external parties. The research facilitated by the Hub supports the transition to a more sustainable university and aims to help external parties to become more sustainable as well. Further, the Hub also enhances the research experience of the students and gives them the opportunity to gain the capacity to solve complex problems for their future careers.

 

 

The Student Consultancy Hub supports sustainability research by:

  • Offering the opportunity to both internal and external parties to present sustainability centered issues or ‘cases’ to be researched by students of the VU.
  • Connecting students that seek research projects that can influence the sustainability of internal and external parties to ‘real life’ research cases.
  • Coordinating the successful completion of each case and supporting students and key stakeholders throughout the process.

This project offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience whilst being instrumental in the creation of valuable research that will ultimately help organizations to make important, informed decisions that improve their sustainability.

Feel free to contact sean@greenofficevu.nl if you would like to get involved or if you have any related questions.


How to get involved


Students:

If you want your (thesis) research to make an impact for a more sustainable future, to support the university to become sustainable in all aspects, ranging from operational activities to education and research, or seek to have an impact on the sustainability of external parties, the Hub is the place for you! Contact sean@greenofficevu.nl if you would like to discuss the opportunity to take up one of these as a research project.

Internal parties:

If you need research-backed support for making changes in your department to become more sustainable, or if you would like to be consulted on any other matter concerning sustainability in your department, you can contact sean@greenofficevu.nl. We can discuss how to convert your issue into a research case that can be solved by one of the students of the VU.

External parties:

If you would like academically created consultation on your sustainability issues or if you any other complex questions regarding sustainability, you can find assistance with this through the Student Consultancy Hub. The Vrije Universiteit has students with backgrounds in multiple study areas that are very capable of conducting research. The Green Office would be happy to help you find the right student or student group to work on sustainability related issue as part of their course assignments or (thesis) research. Contact sean@greenofficevu.nl for more information.

Thesis Supervisors:

We are always looking for new contacts with researchers passionate about sustainability and environmental issues within their field. If you would like help in realising research projects in areas you think are relevant and impactful, you can contact sean@greenofficevu.nl for help in finding external or internal partners.


CASES ON OFFER – CALL FOR PARTNERSHIPS


How can businesses navigate complex supply and value chains in a way that ensures sustainable goals are acheived throughout?

Background

We are currently seeking business partners for a course on business strategy running in January centring on sustainability.

Specifically, we are looking for businesses who:

  • are for-profit;
  • have a sustainable or green objective within through business activities; and
  • need to coordinate with multiple stake-holders to achieve this goal.

Groups of ~5 students will be assigned to each business to analyse their problem in this regard, and formulate practice and actionable solutions to these problems within the scope of their 6 week course. Students will produce an advice which can be presented to the business in the form of a report and/or presentation.

Generally, this will require some input from business. Businesses will be required to meet with students initially to introduce themselves and their problem (approx. 2 hrs), and should then allow for approximatley 1 hr per week of email and/or phone contact for the remaining 6 weeks of the course, depending on the needs of the project.