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New student project aims to investigate sustainability efforts of Science Teaching Hub

Updated: Apr 3

Students from all backgrounds invited to participate


By Mireia Jimenez

Photo Courtesy of the University of Aberdeen


The University’s Society for Energy Transition (SET) calls for students to join their new sustainability research project involving the newly opened Science Teaching Hub.


The society aims to conduct an independent investigation in order to determine the success in sustainability and energy transition efforts of the building.

Robertson Construction Eastern, responsible for the £35 million infrastructure, claimed to have “demonstrated a commitment to sustainability” with the project, as previously reported by The Gaudie.


The project will specifically investigate the materials and processes used in construction; power sourcing; land, noise and visual impact of the building; and compliance to energy transition regulations and policies.


The work will be divided into three stages between a relatively large number of students.


It will also calculate “an estimate of the total emissions involved in the building construction and yearly operations” and “compare what was done with a sustainability gold standard and suggest other potential methods or options”, according to their project presentation held on 3 March.


The society expects to have a complete report by September 2022, meaning the project would be run during the end of Spring Term and Summer 2022, both in-person and in an online format.


Nijmeh Marouf, co-president of SET said “We want to see if there were opportunities where they could do better”, as well as to propose improvements for the sustainability efforts of the yet-to-be-built University Energy Building, which will be worth £100 million.


Frederik Bjerregaard, also co-president, encouraged students from all disciplines to participate, highlighting how they are also looking for perspectives that differ from those of engineering.


Marouf and Bjerregaard explained how some benefits of participating in the project are having your name academically published and possibly cited, as well as the possibility of obtaining letters of recommendation from the co-presidents for any future internship or employment opportunities.


If interested, students are encouraged to contact SET through the following email: energy.transition@ausa.org.uk