We seek to positively improve sustainability in the learning environment across our campuses, through responsible estates management, partnership working and public engagement. We also take opportunities to use our university sites to support learning for sustainability and use the campus as a living laboratory in the delivery of courses and research.
Sustainability features can be found on all our campuses:
- Nearly 1,000 trees, including rare and endangered species
- Nest boxes, bee houses and beehives
- Wild seed planting and heritage fruit trees
- Solar photovoltaic panels on Challinor halls of residence
- Staff-student-community allotment
- Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust nature trail
- New zero emissions BREEAM “Excellent” rated Business School building with 4 air source heat pumps for all heat
- Solar photovoltaic panel array on specifically designed roof
- 22 kW ground source heat pump using energy from five boreholes to heat sports hall
- 4 electric car charging points and secure storage for an extra 85 bikes
- Biodiversity initiative to encourage wildflowers and wildlife
Francis Close Hall Campus and Hardwick Campus
- Conservation of heritage buildings and chapel
- Community Edible Garden to share permaculture and food awareness
- Home to an established colony of swifts
- Teaching Garden used by the Landscape Architecture course
- Awarded bronze-level Hedgehog Friendly Campus status by the Hedgehog Preservation Society.
- BREEAM excellent rated refurbishment of this former teaching site
- Energy efficient district heat network
- Book swap facility to encourage sharing and re-use
- Facilities for student wellbeing with outdoor games area and gym
ESIF funded urban greening works at Oxstalls campus to improve campus biodiversity and protect from future flood risk, including native planting and wild flower meadows.
Our original Park campus conservation management plan included work with the Global Bee Foundation to introduce bee house and interpretation boards, which gained us recognition as the first University ‘Bee Guardian’.
All our new build and refurbishment projects are assessed for sustainability performance and impacts, with BREEAM ‘Excellent’ as the minimum rating expected for major building projects.
We invest in FSC certified furniture that complies with our ethical purchasing commitments, including desks and tables with lifetime guarantee and chairs with 5 year guarantees and long wear life fabrics.
Public use of Park campus is encouraged with a walking guide published with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Our Biosciences team runs ‘BioBlitz’ citizen science activities with local people at Cheltenham Science Festival.
We use the Park campus for field work to engage students in on-site lake monitoring studies and the development of biodiversity action plans, as part of the BSc Ecology and Environmental Science course.