The University is committed to extending our work in sustainability to the wider community.
A Communications and Community Engagement strategy which helps us to raise awareness on current and planned sustainability initiatives and encourage behavioural change among staff, students and all University stakeholders. This strategy includes a timetable for communications from 2022-25. Students are actively encouraged to support this work including part-time digital creative students. This is reviewed for its effectiveness and impact.
Community involvement targets
SMART targets for 2021/22
- Increase number of Green Impact teams to 18 in 2021-22 across all sites
- Increase the student awareness of the University’s sustainability activities from (baseline year 2016-17 47%) to 68% by 2022
Some examples of how are we going to achieve this target?
- Work closely with and support student societies and the SU sustainability network to raise awareness on sustainability and social justice issues
- Recruit 2 student Digital Creative part-time posts to help publish and promote www.susthingsout.com and increase readership by 5% by July 2022
- Report on sustainability issues regularly to the University Community Forum
- Promote collaborative working within UW and with Worcestershire and Worcester City Council and other 3rd sector organisations. Coordinate regular meetings and actively seek out initiatives where resources can be shared
- Extend EcoHousing pilot for a further 12 months with 2 national Housing Associations and Loreus to assist them to embed ISO 14001:2015 in their organisations
Download our full current qualitative and quantitative targets and progress against targets from our Carbon Management & Targets page.
Community involvement projects
A website www.susthingsout.com, whose strapline is "change today protect tomorrow", provides a magazine format and commentary space for all University stakeholders. It links curriculum, campus and community, and students help co-create content as part of their studies. It is used in teaching sustainability and has a virtual learning environment for sustainability students and for teaching the Emerging Leaders programme, and is promoted to all new students and employees.
Some examples of a whole institution (university and students' union) and the community projects are with the joint work of Sustainability network creating wild flower meadows
Student and staff team have been inspiring schoolchildren to consider the impact of flooding.
Student and staff research how we can improve climate education in Worcestershire schools.
Taking carbon literacy training out into Worcestershire’s libraries this interesting student led research work with library staff, took account of very varied demographics and tailored the sessions for adults and families.
Go Green Week
Another collaborative project is Go Green Week in Worcester city. Students led a week of awareness-raising activities linking local sustainable businesses. Due to Covid this didn’t take place in 2020. These projects won Silver Green Apple Awards in November 2018. In 2022 a student led project gained national recognition for its work to educate staff, students, and the wider community about the climate emergency.
University Community Forum
The University takes its role within the wider community seriously and is committed to establishing and strengthening partnerships with local business, charities, and other organisations.
The University Community Forum tackles issues of mutual concern to local residents, students and the University. The Forum meets three times annually. Its membership includes the Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of School and other senior members of University staff, together with representation from the Students’ Union, Worcestershire County Council and Worcester City Council Councillors, local head teacher and residents. The West Mercia Police are also regularly represented at meetings. Regular reports on sustainability are made to the committee, including a review of community issues raised and dealt with throughout the year.