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Please see the full University Sustainability Policy here.


The University has identified ten key areas through which environmental sustainability shall be approached. These are:

  • Energy and carbon management - by encouraging energy efficient practices and investing in its estate to reduce carbon emissions
  • Emissions and discharge - by putting in place appropriate controls to prevent pollution and work to reduce where practicable emissions and discharges to air, land and water
  • Waste and material resources – by encouraging preventing and reducing waste and reuse of resources prior to recycling or disposal
  • Water - by reducing water consumption through water efficient practices and technologies
  • Education, research and knowledge transfer - by increasing awareness and understanding of environmental sustainability by staff and students and serving society by contributing and promoting the University’s research and knowledge transfer on sustainability
  • Sustainable travel – by reducing emissions from work-related travel and University-owned vehicles
  • Sustainable buildings – by making full use of available space and designing and refurbishing buildings in line with the University’s Sustainable Building Philosophy
  • Biodiversity – by enhancing wherever possible wildlife habitat on University-owned land and supporting wider initiatives as appropriate
  • Sustainable purchasing – by encouraging and embedding sustainable and life-cycle considerations into purchasing decision
  • Community - by working with local schools and businesses and supporting an extensive volunteering programme.