£11.44 per hour + £1.38 holiday pay
Advertising End Date
16 Jul 2024

Role & Department Overview

The company: Simply Repair South Lakes holds monthly pop-up repair cafes where volunteer repairers help people to mend household items such as small electricals (including computers), small wooden items, toys, jewelry, clothing and other textiles. Repairers are keen to pass on skills, so 'customers' are encouraged to watch and learn, and sometimes have a go themselves. We also organise regular events such as seed swaps, clothes swaps and collect computers to be reused or those in need. We work closely with Waste into Wellbeing (making meals from 'rescued' food) who provide a meal for volunteers and visitors. Everything is provided on a 'pay what you can' donation basis. We dive deeper into repair skills through our (paid for) skills workshops. Simply Repair South Lakes is an unincorporated organisation hosted by Future Fixers CIC.

Project background 

Simply Repair SL started in 2017 and since then have collected data describing the number/type of items repaired, Simply Repair SL would like to be able to use this data to put a value on their work in terms of carbon savings.

There are several benefits to the company having carbon data for it's regularly repaired items:

  •  Finding out the carbon savings of items repaired would help Simply Repair SL to focus on finding solutions for repairing items with the biggest carbon footprint and therefore save more carbon
  •  Encouraging more people to bring items for repair through marketing & communications surrounding the carbon savings.
  •  Encourage other communities to develop repair cafes and similar (a team member currently is working with other communities and is developing a 'how to' guide: a table of carbon-savings would be a great addition to this).
  •  Access more funding to develop more repair opportunities.
  •  It would also enable Simply Repair SL to encourage local councils to scrutinize items going to landfill and how more might be reused.

Pay Rate: £11.44 per hour plus £1.38 holiday pay

Start Date: 29th July 2024

End Date: 29th September 2024

Working Pattern: Varied

Job Description

Simply Repair SL has been awarded a student internship to calculate the average carbon footprint for items regularly repaired at repair cafes such as computers, toasters, lamps, items of clothing.
The student will work with Simply Repair SL to:
  • process the data they have collected,
  • research carbon calculations,
  • calculate or find research backed calculations for the items they work with,
  • create short report including a table of the average carbon footprint of the common items,
  • contribute to making communications materials advertising the findings (optional).
The successful applicant will receive 75-hours of student research time, which will be funded by the W&F Green Enterprise Hub Projects will be delivered over the summer between June to September 2024 on a time frame agreed between the student and company, and will culminate in a report/presentation/recommendations 
This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. 

Person Specification

This role is open to current Lancaster University students from all faculties.


The role would suit a student who:

  • can conduct independent research,
  • is flexible, organized and self-motivated, 
  • has good written and verbal communication skills, 
  • is knowledgeable or keen to learn about carbon foot-printing, 
  • has data analysis experience, 
  • is good at problem solving and planning, 
  • is interested in climate change solutions (notably repair schemes).


Please provide a cover letter and CV with your application. Your cover letter should be no longer than one page of A4 and should describe your interest in the internship and what skills and experience you have that are relevant to the role. 


You are required to submit a cover letter to support your application. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Please note:Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, this role is only open to individuals living in the UK.

Under the terms of this work, we endeavour to provide the advertised number of hours however,hours are not guaranteed and that work may cease if there is a fall in demand. 

Adverts that display a closing date should be treated as a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.


Help and advice on making applications can be found on the Lancaster University Careers pages. Visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/careers.