Get expert support from University of York’s Sustainable Business Masters scheme

Making your business more sustainable can help you make huge savings on energy and materials, help your resources go further, and give you new opportunities to market your business and attract more customers. Expert help can be key to making a successful change.

This is where the University of York’s Sustainable Business Masters scheme can benefit you; a groundbreaking partnership between UoY and Maastricht University, the course aims to give students skills in starting, growing, and adapting businesses to work with the planet. Students learn practical skills in problem-solving, project design and implementation, and different models of businesses and organisations that have environmental, social and economic sustainability at their core.

As part of the course, students complete a placement with a business, to research and create a solution to a problem within the organisation. This could include:

  • Assessing energy usage
  • Reducing waste, including food waste analysis for hospitality
  • Sourcing local products and establishing local supply chains
  • Reducing your carbon footprint
  • Creating a sustainability strategy
  • Adapting products and packaging

This is an excellent chance to get access to free expert support and consultancy from a world-class university, to help you adapt your business, increase your profits, and ensure your organisation is ready to take on future challenges.

In return, businesses should:

  • Attend 2 information sessions (one virtual, one in-person) to find out more about the programme
  • Provide a project subject and scope for the students to work on
  • Allow the students access to the relevant parts of the business to collect and analyse data
  • Be able to offer at least 1 hour a week for 7 weeks to meet with the students and understand the project progress


The Sustainable Business Masters scheme asks applicants to meet the following requirements:

  • Your organisation can be from any sector, including community, voluntary, and charity groups
  • Your organisation can be any size, from a sole trader to 250 employees
  • You have a sustainability project you want to explore and need support to do so (you do not need to have a specific project in mind yet – there will be 2 information sessions to help you decide on the right subject)
  • You are able to support the students in their research for a period of 7 weeks

If you are interested, please fill out this short Expression of Interest Form by noon on 14th October.

If you would like to learn more about the scheme, there will also be an online introduction event taking place on 19th October; details can be found here.

To find out more about sustainability resources, please visit our Sustainability for Businesses page. You can also contact the Growth Hub directly to ask about sustainability and business support, either online or by calling Faye on our helpdesk for free on 0800 246 5045.



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