People - Environment - University of Derby


Working to make the University of Derby a greener place

Environmental steering group

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Philip Plowden chairs the environmental steering group, which includes representatives from the Students' Union and staff from across the institution.

The steering group will advise the Executive and Governing Council on environmental issues.

A number of staff members have environmental responsibilities as part of their job role:

  • Rosemary Horry acts as corporate lead for environment and sustainability, reporting to Professor Plowden, and is responsible for the implementation of ISO14001 and staff/student engagement programmes. 
  • Anne Downes works as an Energy Officer and is responsible for the Carbon Management Plan.
  • Helen Rutherford works as an Environmental Officer and is responsible a wide range of environmental projects, legal compliance, EMS and waste and recycling. 
  • James Brown, the Transport Manager, is responsible for implementing the University's Travel Plan.
  • Craig Barber manages the air-conditioning units on site.
  • Nicola Williams is the elected Ethics and Environment Officer for UDSU.

Student and staff engagment 

Students and staff participate in the Students' Union's green committee and the University's environmental steering group. 

In September 2016, we will run our second annual Nature Connections Festival. The Festival aims to provide a forum for sharing and learning from the latest research and practice in nature connection and also help people to develop a common understanding of the role of nature connection, for example in well-being and pro-environmental behaviour. 

Environmental Sustainability Research Centre 

The Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC) provides students, academics, government agencies, industry and business with exciting opportunities to contribute to urgent global challenges in climate change and sustainable development.

Community Fund

The University of Derby runs a Community Fund, which provides one-off grants to projects that bring social or environmental benefit to local people.

Recent projects supported include:

  • Friends of Markeaton Park - community walled garden
  • Food & Education Enterprise - providing support for food and clothing banks in Derby
  • Earl of Harrington Angling Club - installation of accessible fishing platforms as part of a wider project to clean up public waterways

More information about the Community Fund can be found here.

On-campus allotment

Rooted is an on-campus allotment, outdoor study space and biodiversity area designed to give staff and students new opportunities to engage with gardening. The project is accessible and open to all, and aims to provide opportunities to get outdoors and improve physical and mental health.

Rooted is a partnership project involving the University's Student Wellbeing team, the Chaplaincy and the Students' Union. It is on University-owned land.

More information can be found here.

Athens Ethical Principles

On 23 June 2016, Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell committed the University to upholding the Athens Ethical Principles on modern slavery. The declaration, which was also witnessed and signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Derby, is a public declaration that we will adopt a zero tolerance approach to human trafficking and modern slavery.

Signed Athens Pledge