Student action

Live Smart

Live Smart is our student-led engagement programme that delivers transformative experiences and practical opportunities in sustainability, building skills for positive change. Run in partnership with students, it helps students and staff to live in smarter ways that support wellbeing, save money and build community while protecting the planet.

Nikki and Will
Photo caption: student leaders of the Live Smart student sustainability programme

Two students took paid specialist roles to shape and deliver Live Smart activities in collaboration with other University teams, community partners and students:

Will Weaving (Geography)
Live Smart Co-ordinator
Nikki Rimell (Geography)
Communications Officer

Events and communications

Bike maintenance sessions
held at Park, FCH, Oxstalls and Pittville

24 blogs featuring 9 students
covered topics from nature to tech impacts

Our new sustainability toolkit
for sports teams and societies was created

New Park campus garden

Students at New Park Campus Garden
Photo caption: new student and staff growing space at Park campus

A new growing space was established on Park Campus to support nature-based wellbeing activities, provide food and increase awareness of biodiversity. Students hosted regular veg growing sessions and special events including Christmas wreath-making, bug hotel building, bulb planting, bird feeder making, garden games and windowsill gardening.

Photo caption: Live Smart investigates student podcast

The student team collaborated with 13 special guests to produce 4 episodes of ‘Live Smart Investigates’ – the podcast covered themes on a net zero future, social prescribing, greenwashing and sustainable tech. The Live Smart Co-ordinator also featured on a special sustainability episode of the University’s new ‘Behind the Uni’ podcast series, with a focus on biodiversity action and ways that students can influence change.

Native tree planting

Students planting native trees
Photo caption: student group planting trees from Woodland Trust

In a self-initiated project, Will Weaving organised a native tree planting event to improve biodiversity on campus. 105 native trees donated by the Woodland Trust were planted across our Oxstalls and Park campuses, assisted by a group of student volunteers and with expert advice and support from Ed Moulding in our Estates team.

Will was the winner of the Student Union ‘Green Gnome’ for sustainability excellence in their annual student awards for the way he involved staff and students in this biodiversity action initiative on campus.

Student feedback

Student interest and perception of action from the University is gauged via the skills survey run by Students Organising for Sustainability UK. Responses to 3 headline questions for UoG are below, with the national comparison (last year’s data is in brackets).

University of Gloucestershire results

National results across UK universities


192 (471)

8,500 (8,000)

“universities should actively promote sustainability”

88% (91%)

88% (91%)

“sustainability should be integrated into all courses”

80% (85%)

79% (84%)

“my university takes action to limit negative impacts”

79% (78%)

71% (74%)

Reporting on the UN Global Goals

This report meets our annual reporting commitments on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an institutional signatory to the tertiary sector SDG Accord.

Throughout this annual report, we record how the actions and results shown in this report contribute to the delivery of the UN SDGs. The actions on this page contribute to the specific goals marked below. For more information click here.

The Global Goals - No Poverty
The Global Goals - Zero Hunger
The Global Goals - Good health and well-being
The Global Goals - Quality Education
The Global Goals - Gender equality
The Global Goals - Clean water and sanitation
The Global Goals - Affordable and clean energy
The Global Goals - Decent work and economic growth
The Global Goals - Industry, innovation and infrastructure
The Global Goals - Reduced Inequalities
The Global Goals - Sustainable cities and communities
The Global Goals - Responsible consumption and production
The Global Goals - Climate action
The Global Goals - Life below water
The Global Goals - Life on land
The Global Goals - Peace and justice, strong institutions
The Global Goals - Partnerships for the goals
The Global Goals: For Sustainable Development