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Green Consultants

Green Consultants

Green Consultants is an award winning programme designed to provide students with additional skills and experience required to work in the highly competitive environmental and sustainability sector.

As well as an interactive programme of learning to train you as junior consultants, you will gain practical experience through working on live business projects, with real clients within the University. There will also be an opportunity to apply your skills and experience in a relevant placement with an external organisation.

The interactive programme comprises of 3 key elements:

  • Training - online technical and employability training
  • On Campus Business Project - You will work in small groups to apply your learning to a real life project during the Spring Term.
  • Internship / Placement - Auditing a business for sustainability. 

So whether you are interested in developing policy, working as a consultant or influencing environmental credentials from within an organisation – Green Consultants can help you stand out from the crowd.

Applications are now closed. If you would like to register your interest in the programme, email us at 

For students at penryn Green Consultants will run in a credited module format GEO2449 for the 2020/21 academic year. The module is available to those studying Geography, Bioscience and some history and politics programmes. Please direct any enquiries relating to eligibility for this module to the PIP (Penryn Information Point) desk.

The online training programme covers a range of professional competency (soft) and technical skills including:

  • Meeting Your Client
  • Auditing and working as a consultant
  • Developing a Project brief
  • Change management
  • Recommendations, Presentations, Results

The training will be available online throughout the Autumn term. You will be expected to participate in some live events and groupwork. 

Many of these skills will also count towards your Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award.

After your training has been completed, an on campus group project is undertaken with the University of Exeter or FXPlus (Cornwall) as clients. This project will be undertaken in the Spring term and each student is expected to dedicate 30 hours of their time to this over the course of the term. This group project allows you to put into practice what you have learnt during the training, working within a team of consultants.

As part of your on campus project you will be expected to set up a start-up meeting with your client, and will be presenting your findings back to them at the end of the project.

As the projects have live outputs to deliver we ask that students do not apply for the programme if they will not be able to fulfil the On Campus Project requirement.

If you don’t have an Exeter Award account

It’s really simple to set up, click on the link below and simply sign up and the sessions you attend will automatically appear on your profile:

Effective Applications

The Green Consultants program is very competitive so you need to ensure you submit your best application - making sure that you stand out from the crowd. Subsequently it is recommended that you book on and complete an “Effective application form” work shop bookable via My Career Zone. This will also count to your Exeter Award.

The Exeter Award 

If you already have an Exeter Award account by completing the Green Consultants 3 day training program you will see that the following sessions will appear on your record:

Other Activities

  • Professionalism in the work place
  • Project Planning

Personal Development Sessions

  • Effective listening Skills
  • Understanding Team Dynamics
  • Networking
  • Presentation Skills

The On Campus Student Project

For those of you with limited volunteer or work experience the 35hrs worth of work that you will do as part of your On Campus Project will allow you to allocate this time to the Volunteer / Work Experience section of the Exeter Award.

This mean that together with Effective Application form session, all you will need to do to complete the Exeter Award is the On Line Application Form and the Interview Experience.

Exeter Leaders Award

In addition to the Exeter Award elements, the Green Consultants program also recognises the following Exeter Leaders Award sessions which will automatically be added to your Exeter Leaders Award profile. Don’t worry, if you haven’t yet signed up for the Exeter Leaders Award (as you need to have completed the Exeter Award first ) the system will automatically allocate these completed sessions as and when you activate your account.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Commercial Awareness
  • Project Management
  • Sustainability 

See more information on the Exeter Leaders Award.

Reasons why you should complete it? 

  • It’s a talking point on your CV to show you have done extra activities over and above your studies
  • Exeter Award is the most rigorous award type in the top 10 University’s in the UK
  • Only 5% of students at Exeter complete so you will be in an elite group – although it has the highest engagement figures of any award type in UK top 10.
  • Makes you stand out from the crowd.
  • Employers are becoming increasingly aware of it.

You must be a current University of Exeter student when you apply for the programme. We welcome applications from all disciplines and levels of study from first year to final year, undergraduate or postgraduate as long as you can demonstrate a keen interest in this subject area and dedicate the time required for all three elements of the programme. For Penryn based students within the College of Life and Environmental Sciences there is the option to take this programme for credit.

As the programme includes an internship or placement, you must have the right to work in the UK and provide your visa status and explanation on your application form. If you are called to the selection assessment session you will be asked to bring evidence of your right to work status.

To work in the UK you will need a National Insurance number. For more information on how to obtain one please go to:

Applications are now closed. To register your interest email

It is important to note that information you provide on your application form will be shared with relevant University colleagues involved in the programme and FXPlus as part of the project matching process.

Every application form will be reviewed once the programme advert closes. After application forms have been reviewed students will be shortlisted and then invited to an assessment session on campus where the final students will be chosen. You will be notified if you have been called to an assessment centre or not.

The application process is highly competitive and therefore only the best performing students will be selected for the assessment centre and subsequently for inclusion on the programme. Any students not successful in the application process will be offered feedback for their performance, and will be signposted to resources and support available. We recommend that you seek advice on your application from the Career Zone, before submitting it.

Those students who have elected to undertake the programme as a module will also have to go through the application process. Further information will be provided by email so it is important to check your University of Exeter email account.

The development of the Green Consultants programme is supported by the Industry Advisory Group. Find out more about the members involved here.

Please review the Green Consultants Q&A for any other questions you may have. And for any further unanswered questions please email:

You may find it interesting to research the Sustainable Development Goals for more information on the international sustainability agenda.

Meet the members of the Industry Advisory Group who are supporting the development of the Green Consultants programme here.