The Sustainability department works to increase the awareness of sustainability and social responsibility with students, staff and members of our communities and contributes to sustainable development in all areas of the University.

Sustainability department


The Sustainability department acts as a focal point for all aspects of sustainability within the University and works to develop local, regional, national and international networks to further the sustainability agenda. 

The Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive is a member of university executive and sponsor for sustainability. The University established a Sustainability Strategy Group in 2005, which includes student representation, chaired by the Academic Lead for Sustainability and Dr Heather Barrett, who leads on embedding sustainability into the curriculum and research. 

The Director of Sustainability acts as a focal point for all aspects of sustainability within the University and is also:

  • Sustainability West Midlands Green Leader
  • Chair of EAUC Midlands region
  • EAUC inaugural Fellow
  • On a number of regional and national committees in the sustainability field.


Sustainability staff

Katy Boom

Director of Sustainability
Full time

01905 855243 

Dr Heather Barrett

Principal Lecturer
Full time

01905 855191 

Phil Mole

Waste Supervisor and EcoCampus lead
Full time

01905 855317

Matt Smith

Energy Officer
Full time

01905 542472

Jess Tasney

EcoCampus Housing Coordinator 


Wendy Rowley

EcoCampus Administrator 
Full time


Penny Kitchener

Executive Assistant to the Director of Sustainability

Part time

Part-time student posts

10 to 12 Green Impact Project Assistants

4 Digital Creative Assistants 


Sustainability roles

Many colleagues have key roles in supporting sustainability and all have to enhance environmental sustainability within their job roles.  All new staff have a mandatory induction into sustainability, which includes, for example, learning about our 10 Golden Rules for living sustainability. There is a Sway presentation in addition which is promoted to all staff and students and includes details of projects and programmes of support how all members of the University community can be involved to further embed sustainability, including a video from the Vice Chancellor Professor David Green. We have 3 ISO 14001 trained auditors and have begun an ambitious training program to train and expand the team.  

We have full-time energy and waste manager posts supporting the sustainability department. All sustainability department posts are full time, the Director takes the strategic lead, and the coordinator leads on student and staff behaviour change and Energy officer on calculating the University's carbon data and managing energy reduction projects- this post has a separate budget.

The department employs 16 student part-time posts and works with the Residential Life Team students to implement behavioural change for first years living in Halls or University managed accommodation. They induct all new students on how to live and study sustainably. There's an annual budget of around £50,000 which includes funding for student-led projects.

Priorities or projects are decided by the Sustainability Strategy Group, and all students and staff are encouraged to put forward ideas to help embed sustainability throughout the campus, community and curriculum.  Details of current projects can be found within these web pages, many led by students.        


Get in touch

Katy Boom
Director of Sustainability