How to get involved

Student and Staff Engagement Plan 2023-24

Month What Target  Audience How Responsibility Resources Measure
Sep Welcome Week Students Welcome booklet and Freshers Fair Environment Team and Student Engagement and Enhancement Team Staff time Attendees
Oct Sustainability Day Students and Staff Sustainability Fair Environment Team Staff time Attendees
Dec Christmas Switch Off Staff Plasma screens, Derby Daily Environment Team Staff time, design costs Energy consumption over Christmas
Feb Sustainable Development Goal Teach-In Staff Derby Daily Responsible Futures Steering Group Staff time No. of sign ups
Feb  Fairtrade Fortnight Students and Staff Articles and competitions Fairtrade Committee Staff time Attendees
March  Go Green Week Students and Staff Articles, talks, debates and presentations Environment Team, Union of Students Staff time Attendees
May  Hedgehog Awareness Week Students and Staff Social Media  Hedgehog Friendly Campus Group Student time Attendees, Interaction with posts
June  30 Days Wild Students and Staff Articles and social media Marketing Team Staff time Interactions with posts

All new staff cover environmental awareness as part of the standard induction checklist. It is also included in the mandatory new starter training videos and a key part of the quarterly 'Welcome' events held for all new staff. Staff with any queries are welcome to email the environment team (

For new students, sustainability is included in the Welcome booklet and the virtual induction provided in September each year.

Go Green Week 

Go Green Week 2023 ran from 13-17 March this year and included litter picks, carbon literacy workshops, bird box making, poppy seed sowing, a second-hand bike fair and much more. Go Green Week 2024 is scheduled to take place from 18-22 March.

On-campus allotment project 

The Union of Students have set up an allotment at our Kedleston Road site. There are currently three raised beds, a compost bin and there will soon be a greenhouse. Contact the Union of Students to find out how to get involved.

Carbon literacy training

The Business School run Carbon Literacy training sessions which are being rolled out to staff across the University. If your team would be interested in receiving this training, please email 

Cup Levy Fund

Funds raised from the disposable Cup Levy are used for student-led sustainability initiatives. These have included: