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University of the West of England, Bristol
Description/achievement of initiative

Sustainable development is one of the core principles that will guide the development and enhance the performance of the University of the West of England (UWE) over the period 2012 - 2015. In 2012 the University is coming to the end of its first 5 year Sustainability Strategy. Our progress in meeting the aims of this strategy can be seen at http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/aboutus/visionandmission/sustainability.aspx The ambition embedded in this strategy and the energy expended in delivering the goals will continue in the period to 2015.

Implementation methodologies

UWE's Sustainability Strategy is nested in the University's Strategic Plan and provides strategic and operational direction for all the University's sustainability endeavours. We have worked hard to improve the operational sustainability performance of the University over the last 5 years. Equally important has been the effort to embed sustainable development thinking and experience into the programmes of study offered by the University. Academic year 2012/13 will see the launch of the University's new MSc Sustainable Development in Practice (see http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/F8NA1/2012) joining an impressive portfolio of short courses, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes addressing sustainable development from a number of perspectives.In the period 2012 - 2015 The University of the West of England, Bristol will continue its endeavours to further the aims of sustainable development, particularly through its portfolio of programmes of study. We will continue to provide annual reports detailing our progress and the challenges encountered. We will look to share our experiences with sister organisations in order that we can share best practice.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


University of the West of England, Bristol
Progress reports
Goal 4
UWE's Sustainability Strategy
Annual Sustainability Reports
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development

Basic information
Time-frame: 2012 - 2015
University of the West of England, Bristol
Contact information
James Longhurst, Professor and Assistant Vice Chancellor, Environment and Sustainability, james.longhurst@uwe.ac.uk
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