We seek to positively improve sustainability in our University learning environment and 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 delivery of courses.

We were highly commended by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust for an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Nature by a Gloucestershire Business’ in the 2012 NatureWorks business awards.

Sustainability features can be found on all our campuses:

Campus Environment

Park Campus

  • Nearly 1000 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
Campus Environment

Oxstalls Campus

  • RIBA and Civic Trust awards for sustainability in 2003
  • Solar photovoltaic panel array of 64 Kw on specifically designed roof
  • Biodiversity work to encourage wildflowers and wildlife
  • 22 kW ground source heat pump using energy from five boreholes to heat sports hall
  • BREEAM “Excellent” rated Business School using air source heat pumps to provide heating for the entire building: zero emissions
Campus Environment

FCH and Hardwick

  • 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

Our ongoing activities include:

Biodiversity Initiatives

Set out in our conservation management plan, including work with the Global Bee Foundation to introduce bee house and interpretation boards. We were recognized as the first University ‘Bee Guardian’.

Responsible Construction

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.

Furniture Purchases

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 Engagement

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 through Cheltenham Science Festival.

Living Laboratory

Linking campus sustainability with curriculum. Dr Anne Goodenough, Reader in Applied Ecology, uses 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.

Help us achieve even more:

  • Volunteer at our community gardens and campus allotments – contact our Sustainability Engagement Manager for more information
  • Keep campuses free of rubbish
  • Develop ideas for learning through the campus
  • Use the campuses for walks and exercise to enhance wellbeing

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