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Our Vision

“Change Today Protect Tomorrow”

The University of Worcester seeks to promote principles of sustainability in their broadest sense.  Through teaching, research and knowledge exchange activities we will promote sustainable communities, services and use of physical resources.

We take our sustainability responsibilities extremely seriously and have achieved high recognition as a result:

  • We have been ranked 4th out of 154 in the UK’s greenest universities in the 2017 People & Planet University League
  • We achieved NUS Responsible Futures accreditation in 2015 for our whole institution approach to social responsibility and sustainability
  • We were an HEA Green Academy first cohort participant
  • We were the first English University to achieve EcoCampus Platinum status, and the second to gain ISO14001:2015 for all our campuses
  • Accredited with FairTrade status since 2008
  • We have been Green Gown finalists in 8 categories over the last 3 years, Bike Share scheme winners 2014. 

Our Performance

We produce an annual sustainability report which summaries our activities and performance against quantitative and qualitative targets each academic year.  Our Annual Sustainability Report has been a PwC judged Green Gown finalist for the last two years.

Annual Sustainability Report 2016-17

The 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.  We vision with many stakeholders using innovative techniques.  This process has been repeated in 2017-2018 and information helped inform new strategies as the University begins its next strategic planning phase. 

The Pro Vice-Chancellor Students is a member of university executive and sponsor for sustainability. The University established a Sustainability Committee, which includes student representation, in 2005, chaired by the Academic Lead for Sustainability and  Deputy Head of ISE. Dr Barrett also chairs the Responsible Futures working group which leads on embedding sustainability into the curriculum and research.  Director of Sustainability acts as a focal point for all aspects of sustainability within the University. The Director of Sustainability is a Sustainability West Midlands Green Leader, Chair of EAUC Midlands region, is an EAUC inaugural Fellow and sits on a number of regional and national committees in the sustainability field.

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. We have 3 ISO 14001 trained auditors, full-time energy and waste manager posts supporting the sustainability department. Both sustainability department posts are full time, the Director takes the strategic lead, and the coordinator leads on student and staff behaviour change and calculating the University's carbon data. The department has an annual budget of around £125,000 which has been ring-fenced. Priorities for projects are decided by the Sustainability Committee, 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 and supported by the student Sustainability Projects Researcher.

To get in touch with the Sustainability department please contact:

Katy Boom

Director of Sustainability
Full time

01905 855243 

Dr Heather Barrett
Deputy Head ISE
Academic Lead for Sustainability
Full time

01905 855191

Phil Mole

Waste Supervisor
Full time

01905 855317

Matt Smith

Energy Officer
Full time

01905 542472

Dr Sian Evans
Sustainability Coordinator
Full time

01905 542415 

Tim Bird
Sustainability Projects Researcher
Part time student post

Naomi Goldman

Woo Bikes Coordinator 

Part time student post

01905 855243