CULTURE & WELLBEING
Across the globe people are making links between our wellbeing, our professional practice and our ability to achieve sustainability.
Developing an understanding of sustainability and an ability to apply it to professional practice is essential for us to achieve change. We are working to develop guidance and training that can help our staff, students and partners to increase their potential for positive impact in specific areas, such as our responsible purchasing and the guidelines we have developed in this area.
Wellbeing has important connections across our sustainability programme, including our work on smart travel and our catering policy which has goals around healthy diets and fresh, locally sourced food, recognized by the ‘Food for Life’ gold standard we have across our refectories.
Our university is currently working towards accreditation for the Public Health England Workplace Wellbeing Charter mark which covers issues such as leadership, attendance management, health and safety, mental health, smoking, alcohol consumption, healthy eating and physical activity.
Sustainability Service Awards 2017
Sustainability Service Awards have been awarded to two colleagues who were nominated by their heads of department for contributing significantly to the University’s sustainability programme:
- Andy Simpson (professional services)
- Dr Michelle Williams (academic schools)
Congratulations and warm thanks to them both for their work to advance sustainability thinking in the University, with the community and across the sector.
Empowerment & People Development
Our sustainability programme supports the goals of our People and Culture strategy in the development of our workforce, which is our essential resource as an organisation. Our people are key to our ability to adapt, innovate and change, towards more positive and transformative ways of working that support sustainability.
We work closely with our Human Resources department to connect our induction training and development programmes with key sustainability skills and learning for sustainability principles such as systems thinking, leadership and change skills.
Culture and Diversity
Issues of diversity and inclusion are also critical to sustainability goals, not only in terms of the protection of rights enshrined in law, but in enriching the culture and vitality of our workplace and the informal as well as formal learning at our university.
This connects with the global sustainable development goals on gender equality and reduced inequality.
You can read more about our Equality and Diversity plan and our organisational commitments here.
Wellbeing and Gardening
There are opportunities to get involved in gardening activities across campuses, including the Park and Oxstalls allotments which can link us with gardeners in our surrounding community.
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.
Contact our Sustainability Engagement Manager to find out more.