Strategy and performance
Our Sustainability Strategy 2017-2022 reflects our ‘whole-institution’ approach, with 5 core goals covering Leadership and Governance, Student Experience, Academic Innovation, Business Operations, and Engagement and Partnerships.
Sustainability has been a strategic commitment of the University since 2007 and is one of the 6 strategic enablers of the University’s Strategic Plan 2017-2022.
We produce an Annual Sustainability Report to capture data, activities and achievements against our strategic goals and targets set each year at our annual sustainability performance review. You can access the reports against our strategy below:
The University’s governance systems integrate sustainability into business planning, decision-making and continuous improvement. This ensures we are consistent and transparent in how we deliver on sustainability commitments in our Strategic Plan 2017-2022 and Sustainability Strategy 2017-2022.
We have allocated duties and clear reporting lines, to progressively embed sustainability into culture and practice:
- Overall responsibility remains with the Vice-Chancellor, who reports to Council on agreed institutional Key Performance Indicators for sustainability
- University Council receive the annual sustainability report, provide input on sustainability matters and have a nominated champion to raise critical issues
- The Director of Sustainability holds responsibility for delivery of the sustainability strategy, leads the sustainability team and delivers the annual sustainability report to the executive group for review and discussion (University Executive Committee)
- The wider senior management team (University Management Forum) are involved in strategic discussions of cross-cutting issues and progress action on specific policies and plans relevant to their areas
This approach means sustainability is considered at the highest levels of decision-making and key stakeholders are kept informed about developments across the organisation and responsibilities in their area.
ISO 14001:2015 accreditation
Our sustainability governance system and operation of our environmental management system (EMS) are accredited through ISO 14001: 2015. The assurance process provides external oversight of how we deliver against our policies and plans relevant to sustainability and how we identify the risks and impacts that matter most to our key stakeholders.
The scope of our EMS covers the whole university estate – our 4 campuses at Park, Francis Close Hall, Hardwick and Oxstalls – plus all areas of business, both campus operations and academic activities. Performance on the SMART targets against our EMS objectives and the goals of our Sustainability Strategy 2017-2022 are shown in our Annual Sustainability Report and reviewed annually with oversight from the Dean of Academic Development as the executive lead on sustainability.