Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Join a student society or cooperative

With over 250 student societies at the University, students are sure to find one to develop their skills and interests, with many focusing on social responsibility and sustainability issues.

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Students can sign up to societies at any time throughout the academic year. Below is a list of student societies focusing on social responsibility and sustainability issues:

Campaigning and social issues

Conservation, environment and nature

Technology, development and business

View all student societies

Student cooperatives and other opportunities

There are a number of student co-operatives at the University, with many providing opportunities for students to get actively involved.

Edinburgh student housing cooperative

Edinburgh student housing cooperative 

Shrub Swap & Reuse Hub cooperative

The "Shrub"  is a student-led Edinburgh cooperative that aims to reduce waste, share skills and promote a more sustainable way of meeting people's needs. Throughout the year they have a range of volunteering roles on offer - check out their website for more info.

Visit the Shrub website

Hearty Squirrel cooperative

Hearty Squirrel is a student- and volunteer-run food cooperative at the University of Edinburgh. They strive to provide healthy, local, ethical, organic and Fairtrade food to students and staff, as well as a unique and informative experience for our volunteers. Their goals also include promoting and educating on food sustainability, running food workshops, and supporting other groups.

Visit the Hearty Squirrel website


Prosper is the first student-run social investment fund in the UK; founded and run entirely by students at the University of Edinburgh. All students are welcome to join, regardless of year or degree specialisation.

Visit the Prosper website

Browse the Students' Association's volunteering database

If you think we missed any societies or cooperatives out, please send us an email to let us know.

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Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability
The Boilerhouse
High School Yards

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