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Higher Education Sustainability Forum

further & higher education

08:30 - 16:30

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Central London

We are delighted to announced the Higher Education Sustainability Forum has been rescheduled to Wednesday 16th September 2020. 
 

The HE Sustainability Forum will provide the opportunity to discuss the future of sustainable development within the higher education sector. This event will explore how universities can develop strategies and policies in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to create sustainable campuses through their leadership, students, research, estates, and partnerships. Delegates will hear from policy experts and leading universities on how to create sustainable institutions fit for the future. 

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for the Higher Education Sector including:

  • Heads of Environment and Sustainability
  • Director of Estates
  • Professors
  • Directors of Energy
  • Heads of Campus Services
  • Vice-Chancellors
  • Pro Vice-Chancellors
  • Sustainability Officers
  • Directors of Strategy and Planning
  • Heads of Governance and Assurance
  • Heads of Business Development
  • Sustainability Lecturers
  • Research Fellows
  • Strategy Managers

This Forum is also open to the wider Education Sector, Local and Central Government, Private Sector and the Voluntary Sector to encourage debate and discussion.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Professor Janet Haddock-Fraser, Professor of Sustainability and Leadership, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chair of Trustees, EAUC 
  • Jamie Agombar, Executive Director, Students Organising for Sustainability (SoS)
  • Representative, National Union of Students (NUS)
  • Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor, University of Winchester and GuildHE Representative, The Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Leaders
  • Joseph Alcamo, Director, Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), University of Sussex
  • Claire Roxburgh, Energy and Environmental Manager, University of the West of Scotland
  • Dr Tammi Sinha, Director, Climate Action Centre, University of Winchester
  • Charmaine Morrell, Sustainable Development Manager, Nottingham Trent University
View the agenda and additional speakers

In November 2019 the EAUC, Association of Colleges, GuildHE and Universities UK launched a Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education in order to create real impact and drive change. With the UK government committing to net zero emissions on all green house gases by 2050 the Higher Education (HE) sector needs to take action to support this goal.

HE institutions also play a crucial role in the delivery of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this has been recently recognised with the launch of the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings which assess universities against the SDGs. HE institutions can support these goals through action within leadership, students, research and campuses.

In 2018 the National Union of Students conducted research and published a report on ‘Students perceptions of sustainability in higher education’, finding that students consistently expect their universities to be taking action on sustainable development. 91% of students said they agree their place of study should actively incorporate and promote sustainable development. With 70% of students saying they would like to see sustainable development actively incorporated and promoted through all courses.

The importance of HE as a catalyst for sustainable development is starting to emerge, considering the impact and influence these institutions have over future generations, it is crucial to improve sustainability across HE.

Katie Ridley, Sustainability Adviser, Northumbria University

Katie oversees sustainability at Northumbria University, Newcastle – from embedding the SDGs into University Strategy, to looking in bins!  She leads the University’s commitment to implementing sustainability across all activity, including education and research.  Since joining the Northumbria, the University has achieved ISO14001:2015, risen from 40th to 4th in the People & Planet League, secured a Green Gown Award and realised carbon reductions of over 48%.   Within her role, and as Chair of the EAUC’s North East group, Katie is committed to questioning and sharing best practice relating to the SDGs across the HE sector.

Emma Gardner, Head of Environment Sustainability, University of Manchester 

Emma leads in the development and implementation of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy.  Emma is also responsible for an enabling framework to support the delivery of the University’s zero carbon commitment.  Emma works closely with members of the President’s senior leadership team, in particular the Vice President for Social Responsibility, staff in key areas across professional services, academic staff who are involved in the sustainability agenda for education and for research, the student body, and local /regional bodies.  Prior to the University, Emma worked in the public and private sector on a wide range of national and international sustainability projects.

Jamie Agombar, Executive Director, Students Organising for Sustainability (SoS)

Jamie is the founder director of SOS-UK, NUS’s new sustainability charity. Prior to founding SOS, Jamie was Head of Sustainability at NUS for 15 years during which time he built NUS’ sustainability function from a single role to the largest department in NUS. Jamie leads on Teach the Future, SOS and UKSCN’s new campaign to repurpose the education system around the climate emergency and ecological crisis

Phil Hunt, Head of Sustainability, Utilities and Engineering, University of East Anglia 

Phil Hunt specialises in sustainability and energy in the built environment using experience and knowledge gained during 20 years working as an engineering consultant, a renewable energy systems developer and the cofounder of a sustainability NGO. His current role focuses on transitioning the University of East Anglia to a net zero carbon mode of operation with regards new buildings and the existing estate.

Richard Jackson, Director Sustainability, UCL

I have over 25 years experience within the sustainability field, from early work as a conservation volunteer through to my current role as Director, Sustainability for UCL. In this time, I have been involved in many aspects of sustainability – strategy development, operational management, policy and lobbying and research.

I have been in my current role for nearly 9 years, during which time I have led UCL’s work on embedding sustainability into all our activities. This includes the development of our ambitious new Strategy, Change Possible.

Prior to UCL, I worked for 7 years leading the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) sustainability work, with a primary focus on developing and implementing the ODA’s Sustainable Development Strategy.

Career history:

  • 2011 – Present: UCL Director, Sustainability
  • 2005 – 2011 Olympic Delivery Authority, Head of Sustainability
  • 2002 – 2005: London Development Agency, Senior Policy Manager (Environment)
  • 1999 – 2002: CBI, Senior Policy Officer (Climate Change & Energy Policy)
  • 1998 – 1999: Frost & Sullivan, Market Research Specialist (Energy Markets)

Education History

  • 1997 – 1998: Hiroshima University, Research Assistant – Community Economics
  • 1995 – 1996: Edinburgh University, MSc Ecological Economics
  • 1987 – 1990: Birmingham University, BA Geography
Professor Janet Haddock-Fraser, Professor of Sustainability and Leadership, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chair of Trustees, EAUC 

Janet Haddock-Fraser is Professor of Sustainability and Leadership at Manchester Metropolitan University.  She has also been Chair of Trustees for the EAUC since 2016 and is also a Board member for the (i) Land Trust and (ii) Peak District National Park Authority.   Her research spans leadership and decision-making for sustainability in its widest sense, with outputs including her recent book Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education, 2018 (Bloomsbury) and The WTO and Environmental-Related International Trade Disputes: Biosecurity and Ecosystem Services Risks, 2019 (World Scientific). She worked in University senior leadership positions for seven years, at Manchester Met as a Dean/Faculty PVC and Canterbury Christ Church University as Faculty Dean. This followed an academic career at the University of Kent and Imperial College where she researched and taught at the intersection of management and environmental sustainability, developing some of the first modules and programmes in ‘environmental management for business’ nearly 20 years ago. Prior to a career in academia, Janet worked for Coopers & Lybrand/Deloittes as a management consultant in London and Hong Kong.

08:45

Registration, Refreshments and Networking


09:30

Chair’s Welcome Address

Katie Ridley, Sustainability Adviser, Northumbria University (CONFIRMED)


Part 1 – Sustainable Leadership


9:40

Keynote: Ensuring Sustainable Leadership and Governance

  • Exploring how to develop a culture of sustainable leadership and governance within higher education so that institutions behave in a socially responsible and sustainable manner
  • Assessing the targets and frameworks that will need to be met by universities to build sustainable institutions
  • Understanding how organisational structures and strategies can help in delivering more sustainable institutions

Professor Janet Haddock-Fraser, Professor of Sustainability and Leadership, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chair of Trustees, EAUC (CONFIRMED)


10:00

Case Study: Developing an Outstanding Sustainable Leadership Team

  • Sharing how to effectively develop and deliver a sustainable governance model
  • Exploring the Nottingham Trent University Sustainable Development and Green Academy Teams, which work in partnership with departments across the university to embed sustainability
  • Understanding how to embed institution-wide sustainability, with governor and executive-level focus
  • Embedding sustainability as part of the university strategy by including an ‘Embracing Sustainability’ strategy strand

Finalist of Outstanding Leadership Team of the Year Green Gown Awards 2019

Charmaine Morrell, Sustainable Development Manager, Nottingham Trent University (CONFIRMED)


10:20

Case Study: Delivering a Sustainability Strategy Which Supports the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals

  • Sharing the journey of environmental sustainability at the University of Manchester introducing the new framework that embeds the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Exploring the impact of this policy on ensuring sustainable research, teaching, operation, engagement and people
  • Discovering how the University of Manchester has been able to become one of the most sustainable universities in the UK through team engagement and sustainability programmes
  • Outlining how the strategy seeks to make a difference to society and the environment by highlighting social responsibility as a goal

The University of Manchester is ranked 3rd in the World and 1st in the UK in the University Impact Rankings 2019

Emma Gardner, Head of Environment Sustainability, University of Manchester (invited)


10:40

Questions and Answers Session


11:00

Refreshments and Networking


Part 2 – Sustainable Strategy and Action


11:20

Keynote: Developing a Strategic Framework for Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Outlining how the formation of The Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Leaders will create a clear, cohesive and consistent response to the government’s declared Climate and Environment Emergency
  • Sharing the development of a strategic framework for higher education institutions which will set out ambitious targets and proposal to ensure progress towards sustainability
  • Working in collaboration with other institutions and top academics and researchers to use existing good practice to embed sustainability across the higher education sector

Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor, University of Winchester and GuildHE Representative, The Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Leaders (CONFIRMED)


11:40

Keynote: Students Organising for Sustainability – A Strategic Overview

  • Exploring the landscape of sustainability in higher education and the main challenges faced in creating institutions fit for the future
  • Sharing the aims of SOS-UK to harness the desire of students and young people to respond to the climate emergency and make a real difference now
  • Outlining the three core workstreams and areas of focus for SOS-UK: Students leading on and learning about sustainability, transforming education and making sustainability inclusive
  • Working in partnership with NUS to deliver its sustainability programmes including: Student Switch Off, Green Impact and Divest-Invest

Jamie Agombar, Executive Director, Students Organising for Sustainability (SoS) (CONFIRMED)


12:00

Student Voice: Sharing the Students Perspective on Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Outlining the important part that students play in supporting the sustainability of higher education institutions
  • Discussing how sustainability can be embedded in the curriculum to support student learning during their time at university
  • Exploring how students and leadership in higher education can work in partnership to raise awareness and respond to the climate emergency

Representative, National Union of Students (NUS) (CONFIRMED)


12:20

Questions and Answers Session


12:40

Lunch and Networking


Part 3 – Green Campuses and Estates


13:40

Panel Discussion: The Next Steps in Developing a Sustainable Campus and Estate

  • Sharing best practice insights for designing, building and operating sustainable campuses through energy efficiency, waste reduction and space optimisation
  • Outlining key advancements across the sector in reducing the carbon footprint of higher education institutions and key ingredient required within a university for making step changes in sustainability performance
  • Exploring innovative ways for modernising university campuses in order to build sustainable campuses of the future
  • Developing a sustainable estates and campus strategy in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, net zero legislation and the need for urgency

Claire Roxburgh, Energy and Environmental Manager, University of the West of Scotland (CONFIRMED)

Richard Jackson, Director Sustainability, UCL (invited)

Phil Hunt, Head of Sustainability, Utilities and Engineering, University of East Anglia (invited)


14:20

Case Study: Partnership in Designing and Creating Sustainable Buildings

  • Sharing the collaborative design and development of the Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle University and its commitment to sustainability
  • Introducing the “Building as a Lab”, and the Urban Observatory
  • Exploring the bespoke sustainability framework developed during design
  • Outlining how investment in technology has helped to lay foundations for a sustainable future for the building and its district

Representative, Newcastle University (invited)


14:40

Questions and Answers Session


14:50

Refreshments and Networking


Part 4 – Sustainable Research and Learning


15:10

Case Study: Sustainability Research: An Essential Part of Higher Education

  • Sharing the goals and mission of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme in becoming a key global centre for delivering ‘Science for the SDGs’
  • Exploring some of the 20 interdisciplinary research projects which address and examine the interactions between the sustainable development goals
  • Outlining how sustainable research can create wide social impact by influencing policy and stimulating action

Joseph Alcamo, Director, Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), University of Sussex (CONFIRMED)


15:30

Workshop: Harmony in Education, Embedding Sustainability in the Curriculum

  • Understand how to embed sustainability within learning and the curriculum
  • Sharing effective strategies for raising awareness of climate change education to ensure it’s considered part of the university and student experience
  • Exploring how the Centre for Climate Action aims to be a home for action on climate change education at the University of Winchester and sharing best practice examples of collaborative interdisciplinary working

Dr Tammi Sinha, Director, Climate Action Centre, University of Winchester (CONFIRMED)


16:00

Questions and Answers Session


16:20

Chair's Closing Remarks

*Programme Subject to Change


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