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Climate Ambassador Scheme

University of Bath have joined an initiative to connect leaders with schools and colleges to empower them and students with skills to fight climate change.

In collaboration with the West of England STEM Ambassador hub and Graphic Science, University of Bath have joined the Climate Ambassadors Scheme.

Climate Ambassadors is a new initiative to mobilise leaders within the climate sector and support them to engage with young people and educators. It has been adopted as a core part of the UK government Department for Education’s Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy, published in April 2022.

As a local leader and civic institution, this project offers a number of important opportunities for the University to progress on its Climate Action Framework by:

  • forming partnerships with local community organisations to support a wider societal transition to net zero
  • delivering education to equip future leaders with the skills they'll need to fight climate change in a climate-affected world
  • facilitating research dissemination to wider audiences

The role of a Climate Ambassador

The Climate Ambassadors Scheme provides an exciting and meaningful opportunity for University students and post graduate students to volunteer to work with local primary and secondary schools and support them in responding to climate change.

This can be in both educating pupils about climate change and supporting schools on their own journeys to net zero.

There are a range of volunteering opportunities, tailored to the school’s identified needs and priorities, and the interests and skills of the volunteer. Examples of activities include:

  • presentations within curriculum lessons
  • support teacher CPD
  • advice to school leaders or governors on cutting carbon emissions
  • working with school Eco Clubs or Eco School Committees
  • mentoring a Key Stage 2 or 3 STEM Club working on the Sustainable Transport Challenge
  • careers talks and fairs

Volunteers ambassadors will be supported through an online induction as well as targeted training in small cohorts to develop their skills in communicating research with a younger audience. These roles are voluntary and will need to be completed in your own time.

This Climate Ambassador Guide provides more details about the role, the types of activities you could be involved with and the benefits of volunteering to this scheme.

Benefits of Climate Ambassadors

Climate Ambassadors Pupils Teachers and schools
make genuine impact in the lives of pupils and inspire future climate professionals pupils can develop the skills and knowledge they'll need to address the changing climate provides guidance on developing a climate action plan
gain a sense of achievement as you share your experience and expertise with a new audience pupils will have access to an inspiring role model develops a link to a climate expert to help advise on bringing climate education into the curriculum
develop your own career skills, especially communication pupils will gain an insight to the current careers working on sustainability challenges gain the experience and confidence to have relevant and contextual careers conversations with young people

Partnerships for impact

University of Bath are partnering with Graphic Science to deliver a Climate Ambassadors Scheme through the West of England STEM Ambassador hub. It is supported by University of Reading, UKRI and STEM Learning.

Graphic Science logo

Graphic Science is a leading STEM engagement consultancy near Bristol

West of England STEM Learning hub logo

West of England STEM Ambassador hub is one in a network of 16 STEM Learning Hubs across the UK