How to get involved

If you have any idea or suggestions or wish to report something please use our environmental suggestion box.

Student and Staff Engagement Plan

Below is our engagement plan for 2020/21. Due to the restrictions on site, engagement has been primarily virtual this year. However, we hope to do many more on site activities next year.

MonthWhatTarget  AudienceHowResponsibilityResourcesMeasure
Sept 2020 Welcome Week  Students Video for virtual induction. Welcome Booklet Environment Team Staff time No. of views
Dec 2020 Eco Friendly Christmas Students Social Media   Student and Graduate Experience Team Staff time Interaction with posts
Jan 2021 Energy & Carbon Focus Staff Article in staff communications Environment Team Staff time Likes and views
Jan 2021 Refresher Fair Students Sustainability Presentation Environment Team Staff time No. of attendees
Feb 2021 Sustainable Development Goal Teach In and Education for Sustainable Development promotion Staff Articles and videos in staff communications Responsible Futures Group Staff time Likes and views
Feb 2021 Go Green Week Students and Staff Articles, talks, debates and presentations Environment Team, UoS, Student and Graduate Experience Team Staff time Attendees, likes, views
Feb 2021 Fairtrade Fortnight Students and Staff Articles and competitions Fairtrade Committee Staff time No. of participants
May 2021 Hedgehog Awareness Week Students and Staff Social Media  Hedgehog Friendly Campus Group Student time Interaction with posts
June 2021 30 Days Wild Students and Staff Articles and social media Student and Graduate Experience 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 within the Welcome booklet and the virtual induction provided in September each year.

On-campus student growing space

Roots is an on-campus student 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.

Roots is a partnership project on University-owned land, involving Student Wellbeing, the Chaplaincy, and the Union of Students. Contact for more information.

Go Green Week

This year the University held Go Green Week in February 2021. Although this was virtual, we still held several activities including debates, presentations and top tips for becoming more sustainable. If you would like to get involved with next year's Go Green Week please contact

#DerbyGoesGreen Project

The University is very excited to be launching a new ongoing project to be led by students. If you are a student with a passion for sustainability and would like to have an impact on the University's environment and sustainability agenda, please let us know via our expression of interest form.

Make a positive impact on the local community and the environment

As part of our Student Experience Framework, the Make a Change Fund is a community initiative where students and staff can bid for up to £1,000 to support existing or new community projects.

Make a Change provides a fantastic opportunity for students to engage in their community and it also aids the learning of new skills such as project management and networking.

Students must lead or have significant involvement in the project and they should be within the University’s community or surrounding area. 

There is no deadline for submissions, but we recommend applying early to avoid disappointment. Visit UDo for more information and to apply.

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:

Find out more about the community fund

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