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    People and Planet Green League

    This page has been developed specifically as a guide to the People & Planet Green League methodology requirements.

    Carbon Management

    The University’s carbon management polices including the current 2020-25 Carbon Management Plan 2020-25 can be viewed here. The CMP 2020-2025 specifically details (see page 11 onwards):

    • A 2004/5 scope 1 & 2 emissions baseline of 3,141 tCO2
    • A revised baseline of 2,198 tCO2 for the period 2020-25, with identified carbon reduction technologies delivery c. 637 tCO2, resulting in scope 1 &2 footprint of c. 1,561 t tCO2,
    • An overall reduction of 50% to the 2004/05 baseline by 2025
    • The University has pledged to reach Net Zero emissions for Scope 1 & 2 no later than 2030 (and Scope 3 by 2040). Firming up this commitment, the Vice Chancellor is a signatory to the global Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges Campaign
    • Estimated budget cost of implementing all projects in the region of £1,454,681 (inc. VAT)
    • The technical programme overseen by the Head of Estates and Facilities, supported by the University Engineer and Estates Maintenance Services Manager. Progress of the CMP will be monitored and reported through a number of routes including to the Finance and General Purposes Committee
    • On campus residential emission are included CMP, compromising of scope 1 and 2 Buildings: 1, 766 tCO2 (Non-residential estate) and 388 tCO2 (Residential estate) in 2018/19. This is the most comparable baseline year due to the global pandemic.

    Please review how we manage our carbon and utilities for further information.

    Education for Sustainable Development

    Sustainability is at the heart of our curriculum and we are committed to offering Education for Sustainable Development to all of our students, and make this public in our Strategic Plan 2020-2025 (pg. 13.), with two specific strategic aims: Securing the Skills needed by our Industries and Professions and Turning the Climate Change Debate into Action.

    The University has just commenced an institutional-wide review to inform the development of a new Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (LTSE) Strategy. This will focus on a number of themes including a curriculum review and a reflection on teaching and research practices post pandemic.

    A formal staff consultation took place (April 2021) where staff have been asked to:

    • consider a LTSE Vison that leads and informs industry – especially on climate change, sustainability and inclusivity
    • Strengthen existing indicative module content with a focus sustainability and climate change

    Additional evidence related to this LTSE Strategy review is evidenced in the Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee agenda, June 2021 (item 20/45)

    The current Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (LTSE) Strategy extended to 2020, approved by Academic Board, (with revisions subsequently delayed by the global pandemic) stipulates that the University will ensure:

    • Learning and teaching advocates environmental sustainability and ethical approaches
    • Decisions about assessment design and curriculum should be made with consideration of the economic and environmental sustainability

    Further information on sustainability in the curriculum can be viewed here

    Environmental Policy and Auditing

    The University Environmental Policy is publicly available and signed off by the Chief Operating Officer. Approved in 2020, the Policy is subjected to an annual review at the Finance and General Purpose Committee.

    The University has audited the following aspect areas:

    Ethical Investment

    The University has an Ethical Investment Policy as part of its Treasury and Ethical Investment Management Policy.

    Staff and Student Representation

    The Policy specifically allows for staff and student investment or divestment proposals in writing (sec. 20, pg. 55) for consideration at the Finance & General Purposes Committee. Student representation for Financial Investment decisions is delegated to the Student Union President, a member of the Board of Governors, a Board that will receive recommendations from the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

    Divestment Screening

    The University requires its investment managers, as part of their normal investment research and analysis process, to take account of social, environmental and ethical considerations in the selection, retention and realisation of investments. Investment should be with companies where their company activities are, on ethical grounds, consistent with the educational and/or research objectives of the University. The university also considers the published guidance of the Charity Commission on ethical and socially responsible investment of charitable funds.

    Annual List of Investment

    A list of public annual investments, as of 31 July 2020, can be viewed in the Annual Financial Statement (see pg. 41-42).


    The Ethical Policy is routinely reviewed and reported on as follows:

    Governance and Staffing

    Sustainability is included within the portfolio of responsibilities of the Chief Operating Officer, a member of the University Executive Team.  Day to day responsibility is delegated to the Environmental and Sustainability Manager and the University Engineer (vacant). Additionally, the following staff have a strategic or operational management responsibilty for sustainability including:

    • Michael Lee, Deputy Vice Chancellor, executive level responsibility for sustainable research including the School of Sustainable Food and Farming
    • Liz Furey, Director of Finance, responsibility for the University’s Ethical Investment Policy
    • Lydia Arnold, Director of Education, responsibility for the Education for Sustainability Development agenda
    • Head of Estates and Facilities (vacant), responsibility for decarbonisation agenda, estate infrastructe upgrades as part of the STEP project and the Carbon Management and Net Zero decarbonisation
    • David Nuttall, Head of Catering, responsibility for sustainable food agenda
    • Helen Armishaw, Procurement and Insurance Officer, supporting budget holder procurement activity to influence the sustainability agenda including business travel
    • Mark Hall, Grounds Manager, with responsibility for grounds/conservation management including the university woodland, on-campus tree management and the hedgehog friendly campus award
    • Richard Hooper, Future Farm Director
    • Scott Kirby, Executive Project and Programme Consultant (Future Farm)

    At a Board of Governor level, Ben Shipston has Board responsibility for the sustainabilty related agenda.

    Staff engagement

    The University has been piloting the roll out of the Carbon Literacy Toolkit. To date, 10 staff have attended training (delivered in house by the Environmental & Sustainability Manager), with 7 staff participating in the most recent workshop in January 2023. 

    Student Engagement
    Sustainability Strategy 2020-2025 Focus Group

    A cohort of students were engaged to discuss the development of the Sustainability Strategy 2020-2025. A screen grab of this remote consultation can be seen here.

    Worker's Rights
    Electronics Watch

    As a full member of the NWUPC, the University is affiliated to Electronics Watch.

    As one of the UK’s largest student campaigning charities, People & Planet aims to provide an independent league table of UK Universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance.

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