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Community Involvement

St Nicholas Federation Green Team winners of the Wychavon Intelligently Green awards sponsored by the University.

A Communications and Community Engagement strategy 2013 -2018 has been in place since 2009, and is updated to meet the University's Strategic Plan. The annual Action Plan, includes a number of recommendations that will help to raise awareness on current and planned sustainability initiatives and encourage behavioural change among staff, students and all University stakeholders.  Students are actively encouraged to be members of University committees to help develop and monitor university carbon management and sustainability initiatives.

A website whose strap line is; change today protect tomorrow - provides a magazine format and commentary space for all university stakeholders.  It links curriculum, campus and community and employs students to help co create content.  It is used in teaching sustainability and has a virtual learning environment for sustainability elective students, and is promoted to all new employees.   

One example of a whole institution (university and students' union) and community project is #Energize Worcester.  This project works with student landlords, to encourage energy efficiency improvements to student houses and student occupants to learn good energy habits.  An initial 2 year  Student Green Fund project with the University of Birmingham, Read the initial report here.  This has moved into a second phase, undertaking research into landlord and student behaviour around space and hot water heating and boiler controls, an interim student report and presentation can be viewed here.  This project continues with further research collaborations with Worcester Bosch Group, NUS, student landlords and student sustainability mentors throughout academic year 2017-18.

Another collaborative project is Go Green Week in Worcester city.  Students led a week of awareness raising activities linking local sustainable businesses.  This has been shortlisted for a Green Gown Award in 2017.

The 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.

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 Pro Vice Chancellor (Students) and other senior members of University staff, together with representation from the Students’ Union, Worcestershire County Council and Worcester City Council counselors, 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.

Example of targets for this year are:

  • Increase student participation in Student Switch Off by 10% on 2015/16 levels
  • Increase number of Green Impact teams to 22 in 2017-18 across all sites
  • Increase the student awareness of the University’s sustainability activities from (baseline year 2016-17 47%) to 65% by 2020
  • Increase student sustainability actions from 2016-17 baseline year of 64 % to 75% by 2020

Some examples of how are we going to achieve these targets:

  • Implement all activities as set out in the communication action plan and review and update Action Plan in January 2018
  • Work closely with and support student groups such as People and Planet, Nature Society to raise awareness on environmental issues
  • To use press evaluation and Google analytics, Twitter, Instagram reach to measure awareness of the University’s sustainability drive in the local community and within the higher education sector. This research will inform possible target setting for community awareness
  • 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

Download our full current qualitative and quantitative targets and progress against targets from our Carbon Management & Targets page.