What are GIPAs?
Green Impact Project Assistants (GIPAs) are student volunteers who work closely with their assigned team to motivate, support and help them complete their toolkit.
The role is flexible and a GIPA along with their assigned team can decide upon the specific tasks that they will have over the course of the Green Impact programme. This allows both students and staff to get the most out of the placement. Students can learn valuable transferable skills and staff can get a helping hand with the workbook.
Example tasks include organising meetings and delegating projects to different team members; completing workbook criteria; delivering a fresh perspective on planning events and new initiatives; designing posters, or simply assisting as staff carry out the workbook actions.
What do students get from the role?
The GIPA role gives students invaluable experience in environmental policy, awareness and action in the workplace. It gives students an insight into environmental management and volunteers get the opportunity to put into practice their interest in the environment and sustainability in a professional setting.
GIPAs receive training from the NUS and support throughout their role from the Sustainable Behaviour Assistant at the University. Volunteers will gain a whole host of skills including project management, leadership, team development and communication – skills which are extremely valuable for future careers.
The NUS also offers workshops and online webinars to help develop employability skills.
GIPAs are awarded a certificate when their role ends for all the hard work and achievements they have made over the course of their involvement.
The GIPA role is one of many extra-curricular activities and awards that the University can include in a Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR); a new and comprehensive record of your university achievements which recognises extra-curricular achievement as well as academic learning.
Further information about the HEAR can be found here.
How much time are students expected to dedicate to the scheme?
The contract asks students to dedicate a minimum of 1 hour a week on average. However, if students feel that they want to dedicate more time, then they can do at their discretion and in agreement with their team.
If you are looking to get the GIPA role on your HEAR, you will need to also attend two sessions from the Sustainability Skills and Education programme, SusSEd.
Students : How do I apply?
Students can download the following documents:
How do departments sign up for a GIPA?
Just contact us – students are hired at the beginning of the scheme and after a one-day training session, will be paired with teams who have requested student help.