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Develop the skills, knowledge, connections and passion to meet the global sustainability challenges we face – and help us become one of the most progressive and sustainable universities in the world.

COP26 Climate Leader prizes

A pair of hands holding up a placard that says There's No Planet B

We have announced three £3,000 COP26 Climate Leader prizes.

If you can show outstanding climate leadership in the run-up to and after the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), you could win one of the prizes.

Who can take part

Any current student at Sussex can take part.

A panel of sustainability and communications professionals will select the successful applications.

What we are looking for

By "outstanding climate leadership", we mean making a personal contribution as an activist, influencer, organiser or innovator towards sustainability.

Examples of this include:

  • lobbying local businesses or organisations to make sustainable choices – Ella Daish lobbied local supermarkets to persuade them stop using plastic period products and support a pledge
  • leading climate activism or starting student-led campaigns – the Sussex Students' Union led a local campaign to raise awareness of the climate emergency
  • starting a sustainability/climate focused society – Leave No Trace and Scoop
  • promoting corporate social responsibility around climate – such as encouraging others to sign up to sustainability pledges
  • raising awareness through education, outreach and social media
  • forming partnerships with local charities and community groups
  • engaging in democratic processes like youth parliaments.

How to enter

Complete an online application.

The deadline for entries is 1 February 2022.

The winners will be announced in spring 2022.

View the Climate Leader prizes terms and conditions [PDF 141KB].

Other ways to get involved

There are many ways to get involved in sustainability at Sussex, from your studies to putting time towards local causes.

Be a champion

We’re recruiting a network of volunteers to get involved in implementing our Sustainability Strategy.

Find out how you could become a Sustainable Strategy Champion.

Climate Leadership scholarships

If you’re an undergraduate student thinking of doing a Sussex Masters course, you can apply for a Sussex Climate Leadership Scholarship worth £3,000 a year.

EcoGo app

Download the EcoGo app to keep track of your travel and earn reward points for using sustainable transport options.