StudioPlace West is a new venture from UWE Bristol’s Geography & Environmental Management Department (GEM) which includes undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in geography, planning, civil engineering and environmental management.

StudioPlace West offers voluntary and paid student project work for community groups as well as other employers and organisations.  Our overall goal is the promotion of engaged scholarship in line with the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals. Opportunities include the following:


Paid opportunities for students to undertake a specific project for an organisation, providing the organisation with high quality work and providing the student with valuable work and project management experience. The duration is flexible, usually ranging from a week to 3 months, but could be longer. Students are paid £300 per week (living wage rates) which is therefore £3000 for a 10 week project. StudioPlace West has some grants which are available for part/match funding for these, and are also very keen to help organisations bid for funding to support an intern.

Agency Projects

The Agency Project is a live project module which runs each spring (usually in May) over 5 weeks full time. Students work on, and deliver, genuine project outputs for community groups, charities, the public sector, as well as industry and consultancy. We can share examples of previous projects with organisations who would like to know more about what our students can offer.


Students undertake dissertations or independent projects as part of their undergraduate or masters’ studies.  These projects can provide a useful piece of tailored research for an organisation, and students benefit immensely from making their research live and meaningful.

‘Live’ projects within taught courses

Examples of project work carried out by students include:

  • A Geographical Information Systems (GIS) module creating visual data for groups – eg. accessibility of walking routes, the spread of local dialect, and projected flood risks.
  • Planning students producing an engagement strategy for a community group – this can focus on an issue such as parking on verges or involving hard to reach groups.

This is by no means all the opportunities, and we are making links across the geography and planning curriculums to find more ways of including ‘live’ aspects in our teaching, so are very open to suggestions.

For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact