Across the globe people are making links between wellbeing and productivity and our ability to move forward on sustainability. We all have professional responsibilities in sustainability and with this comes the potential for greater creativity and success in our organisations.

Understanding how to apply sustainability to our professional practice is essential to achieve wider change. We are working to develop guidance and training that helps our staff, as well as students and partners, to increase their positive impact as professionals as well as citizens.

Each year we set priorities for working with our staff and students to help them increase their understanding– see our Sustainability Engagement Plan 2018-19 here.

Wellbeing and sustainability

Wellbeing is critical for sustainability – the importance of focusing on wellbeing as one of the keys to sustainability is the reason health and wellbeing is one of the UN global goals. The 2015 Wellbeing of Future Generations Act in Wales recognises how the wellbeing of people and communities critically depend upon the wellbeing of the wider planet.

Our priorities in this area include our work on smart travel and our catering policy, which has goals on healthy diets and fresh, locally sourced food. In 2016 we achieved ‘Food for Life’ gold standard for the offer in all our refectories.

We are also signed up to the Public Health England Workplace Wellbeing Charter and have achieved Excellence in our initial assessment for leadership, attendance rates, health and safety, mental health, smoking and alcohol consumption, healthy eating and physical activity.

Campus gardening for wellbeing

There are opportunities for staff, students and local people to get involved in gardening activities at our campuses such as the Park Campus Allotment.

The Edible Garden at Francis Close Hall also offers ways to learn about permaculture design, food awareness, ecological literacy and community building, whilst getting some physical activity.

We support the growing and enjoyment of food on campus with the new pizza oven at the Edible Garden 10th birthday celebrations and Live Smart Pizza Party.

Contact our Sustainability Engagement Manager to find out more.

Workforce and wellbeing in sustainability

People development and change

Our sustainability programme supports our human resources team in developing our workforce and fostering an inclusive and engaged working environment. People are the key to our ability to adapt and change, and to find positive and innovative ways of working that support sustainability.

We cover sustainability through induction training and provide opportunities for staff to grow sustainability skills in leadership and change, resilience and systems thinking as well as tips on key topics.

See our guidelines on responsible purchasing and common eco-labels, which help our staff to spend wisely and in ways that better support sustainability through routine work purchases.

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