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Academic projects are student research projects carried out as part of their course, degree or research, for example final-year undergraduate dissertations, Masters projects and PhD research.

Any student-led research and projects aiming to improve the sustainability of the University and create tangible impact could make use of the Living Lab for access to data, contacts, information, or funding* (subject to approval), in the areas of, for example:

  • carbon reduction and energy efficiency
  • sustainability in the built environment
  • biodiversity (urban or rural)
  • measurement of scope 3 carbon emissions related to procurement, waste, water or travel
  • behavioural analyses of building occupants
  • specific behavioural change programme and any other areas that you think might be relevant - just get in touch!

Please email to discuss your idea, or explore what options there might be for your project or course.

For inspiration please see previous project examples, and/or explore the table of potential future projects below (which you are welcome to take forwards, subject to your course requirements and further discussions with the Living Laboratory for Sustainability Coordinator).

Project ideas
Performance gap analysis of particular buildings
Occupants' use of spaces within buildings
Investigation of working hours, practices and cultures for understanding good practice
Assessment of PV solar panels in operation
Assessment of potential for PV solar panels
Investigation of links between productivity, wellbeing and environmental sustainability
Assessment of success of Green Impact across the University
Investigation of use of video conferencing and effects on work travel
Technologies for car parking infrastructure 


*If you would like to apply for funding, please email the Living Lab