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Green Consultants aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Meets the three competency areas of the Entrecomp Framework.

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. 

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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.

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

  • Working as a consultant
  • The soft skills you need
  • Project management
  • Technical skills e.g. Evironmental Impact Assessments, BREEAM, ISO14001

The training is open to all students at the University of Exeter. You can start any time you wish and take as long as you need to complete the course. 

If you have any questions about the training please email This is a new training programme so we welcome feedback and comments.

Completion of the training will not guarantee you a Green Consultants on-campus project or an internship. Applying for an on-campus project and internship will be easier if you have engaged thoroughly with the training material. 

After your training has been completed, you can apply for an on-campus group project with the University of Exeter as a client. 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. 

Projects will be advertised in the sidebar on the right of this page as they become available, or you can browse in Handshake - search Green Consultants. 

The application will be simple if you have fully engaged with the training. 

There will be a slight delay of a few days between finishing the training, and you being able to apply for a project as we need to manually check your work. 

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. For Penryn based students within the College of Life and Environmental Sciences there is the option to take this programme for credit.

For the internship, 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:

Training: You do not need to apply to complete the training, you can take part at any time that suits you.

On-campus project: When you have completed the training, you will be able to appy for an on-campus project. Although you may have to give it a couple of days for the system to update.  

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: The Exeter Award | Career Zone | University of Exeter

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

  • Do I have to be studying an environmental degree?

No, all students from any degree programme are welcome to apply for the programme. The programme will best suit students who want a career in environment sustainability. E.g. working as an Environmental Consultant. 

  • How do I apply for Green Consultants?

You don’t need to apply! You can just start the training any time. 

  • Where is the training carried out?

The training is delivered online. You can do it at a time and speed that suits you. 

  • What happens when I have finished the training?

You will be able to apply for a Green Consultant on campus project 

  • Do I automatically get an on-campus project and an internship once I’ve completed the training?

No, you will need to apply for an on-campus project first and separately for an internship. These may be very competitive, but completing the training will give you everything you need to succeed. The more you engage with the training, the better your chance of an on-campus project. 

  • What does the on-campus project entail?

All the on-campus projects are different. All projects will be linked in some way to the University of Exeter Climate Emergency White Paper. Our most recent projects looked at food waste in catered halls, the University’s place in global sustainability rankings and integrating sustainability learning into every student’s experience. With such a wide range of different on-campus projects there will always be new interesting projects that you’ll be interested in. You will be working as part of a group. 

  • Is the 35 hours for the on-campus project per group?

No, each student is required to carry out 35 hours. Depending on the group sizes different projects will have different total project hours. 

  • Do I get a choice in the internship that I carry out?

Where possible we will take your interests and preferences into account, but we cannot guarantee the internship of your choice. Our most recent internships were with an incredibly diverse range of organisations: Sutton Council, The National Trust, P1 Investment and South Devon Care Services among many others. 

  • Who do I get in contact with if I want to know more about Green Consultants?

We are always available to answer your email concerns. Just send us and questions through to:


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