5 June 2015

Student Switch Off

Image from Student Switch Off Facebook

Student Switch Off, an energy-saving campaign for students has just completed its second year, with first prize going to Queen’s College, and Mansfield and St Anne’s coming a very close second and third.

29 colleges took part and once again, the University has achieved some of the best statistics across the UK, in a field comprising 49 other universities.

Participation at some colleges reached 65% of students, making a significant impact on spreading the energy saving message … perhaps encouraged by the many small prizes on offer throughout the campaign, including Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! 

1427 students pledged to support Student Switch Off and 3281 participants completed a climate change quiz. Over 135 photos were submitted as part of competitions throughout the year showing students saving energy.  Take a look at the Oxford University Student Switch Off Facebook page, which has nearly 8,000 followers.

The campaign also provided 77 students with Student Switch Off Ambassador training, equipping them with skills and techniques in communication and analysis to enable them to successfully run Student Switch Off in their college.

As students at Queen’s enjoy £250 towards their summer party, the Environmental Sustainability team is already planning for the 2015/16 campaign. Said Jennie Jack, Environmental Sustainability Projects Manager, ‘We’re inviting all colleges and PPHs to get in touch with us to be part of the fun and reduce energy bills again next year. The campaign is very important because establishing energy conscious habits now can change behaviour for a life time.’