This voluntary initiative came from Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
Signatory/Dean Stephen Marston, Vice Chancellor
University of Gloucestershire
University of Gloucestershire
Description/achievement of initiative
Currently, sustainability runs through the core of all University activities and is visible: through university procurement processes; at sustainable catering outlets; in quality enhancement and assurance processes of the curriculum; at professional induction and development opportunities for staff, in ICT management; as well as, through Student Union activities. The new plans will extend engagement opportunities for staff, students and other stakeholders and measure improvements in performance, participation, partnerships as well as profile:
Performance: Be a university which continuously improves its sustainability performance and meets its carbon commitments. During the life of this strategy the university will: establish and progressively develop strong performance scores in the new LiFE index, building on track records of scores in the former Universities That Count scheme; improve our carbon reduction institution-wide to meet our 40% goal as agreed with HEFCE; develop and monitor sustainability KPIs for professional departments.
Profile: The University aims to be recognised as a sector leader in sustainability, and be known for our distinctive profile in education for sustainability and its connections with employability. During the life of this strategic plan the university will: maintain a high profile in national award schemes (Green Gowns) and ranking exercises eg People and Planet; provide advice for, and engage in, external sustainability activities (prioritising education and employability agendas); maintain positive coverage of sustainability in the regional and national media; Increase in citations as a good practice example by government, public and HE sector.
Participation: We will continue to be an institution that actively engages staff, students and stakeholders in sustainability activities. During the life of this strategy the university will improve the range and quality of student engagement opportunities and learning experiences as well as improve staff engagement across departments allowing an increased ownership of the sustainability agenda.
Partnerships: The University will build and support partnerships locally, nationally and internationally in the area of sustainability. During the life of the strategy the university will increase participation of local and regional stakeholders in university sustainability initiatives as well as extend new business development, enterprise and research partnerships in sustainability.
The University of Gloucestershire is committed to transparency in all activities undertaken including those associated with sustainability. As well as submitting to external audits through ISO14001 and rankings systems such as the Green League, the University undertakes regular internal environmental audits and publishes reviews of its sustainability performance in its Annual Report.
The University of Gloucestershire has demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability over time and made a distinguished contribution to this area as reflected in University sustainability rankings, index assessments and awards. It has recently launched an ambitious plan to upscale the impact of its efforts in this area. This 5 year plan is embedded within the University?s Strategic Plan and continues to build on efforts to embed sustainability into the DNA of the University. The University of Gloucestershire is committed to transparency in all activities undertaken including those associated with sustainability. As well as submitting to external audits through ISO14001 and rankings systems such as the Green League, the University undertakes regular internal environmental audits and publishes reviews of its sustainability performance in its Annual Report.
University's Strategic Plan
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development