Environmental Steering Group
The Environmental Steering Group (ESG) 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 full-time staff members have environmental and sustainability responsibilities as part of their job role.
- Rosemary Horry acts as the corporate lead for environment and sustainability, reporting to Professor Antonopoulos and is responsible for the implementation of ISO14001 and staff/student engagement programmes.
- Anne Downes works as the Energy Officer and is responsible for the Carbon Management Plan implementation and reporting
- Helen Rutherford works as the Quality and Compliance Manager who is responsible for a wide range of environmental projects, environmental engagement and awareness projects, Estate Management legal compliance, ISO 14001 implementation and maintaining the accreditation, waste management and aspects of quality within the Estate Management department.
- James Brown is the Transport Manager, is responsible for implementing the University's Travel Plan.
To more easily divide up tasks and work on our action and objectives we have split up the ESG into 4 working groups that will work on the overall environmental aims and report back to the ESG. The groups are as follows:
This group is tasked with working on the objectives of our Biodiversity Action Plan and help promote our biodiversity to staff and students. Their objectives are;
- Produce action plans and land management plans for all site linked to the BAP.
- Create a directory of suitable trees/plants for our sites and what biodiversity they encourage.
- Ensure that land management plan records are updated as work is carried out.
- Review the success of bird and bat boxes.
- Encourage staff/students to do ecological surveys and research projects which relate to biodiversity.
- Create a directory of local wildlife groups and our links to them.
- Produce a guide to the biodiversity of our sites for staff and students
Carbon Management Group
This group is tasked with working on the objectives for our Carbon Management plan and helping draft our new Carbon Management Plan going forward. Their objectives are;
- Investigate potential ideas from other unis.
- Investigate feasibility of ideas.
- Draft of a business case for the most realistic ideas.
- Highlight to academics the potential for research.
- Investigate options for reduction in the use of resources.
- Working with the comms group produce an awareness campaign.
- Review site usage and establish patterns of use.
- Work with the project managers to ensure that carbon is considered at the design stage.
Responsible Futures Group
This group is tasked with working on the embedding sustainability into everything we do at the University, whether that be Sustainable Procurement or Education for Sustainable Development.
This group is tasked with promoting the works and initiatives we do at the University and trying to improve student and staff engagement. All other groups will feed into this group with the works they are doing, where it will then be the Communication Groups job to publicise this. Their objectives are;
- Publicise the work of the uni in relation to sustainability.
- Environmental awareness optimization.
- Publicise potential research projects.
- Investigate and support our engagement with awards and sustainable league tables.
- Highlight the work we do with wildlife groups.
- Encourage staff/students to do volunteering.
- Promote the University's membership of the car share scheme.
- Inform staff and students how they can engage with the Environmental Agenda.
To find out more about our Research and the people involved please visit Research & Teaching.
To find out more about how we work with the wider community, and our staff and students please visit our How to get involved page.
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