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.
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
- Amnesty International Society
- Economics for Change
- GirlUp Edinburgh
- People & Planet
- STAR (Student Action for Refugees)
Conservation, environment and nature
- Community (BEES)
- Conscious Change
- Conservation Biology Society
- Dirty Weekenders
- Fashion Society (sustainable fashion)
- Food Security and Sustainability Society
- Kings Buildings permaculture garden
- Marine Conservation Society
- Ornithological Society (BirdSoc)
- Plant Society
- Sustainable Development Association
Technology, development and business
- Buchanan Institute
- Edinburgh Global Partnerships
- Enactus Edinburgh
- Engineering for Change
- Low Carbon Society
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
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.
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.
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.
If you think we missed any societies or cooperatives out, please send us an email to let us know.