Climate change is the defining global issue of our time. If we are to achieve the aim of limiting the rise of global temperatures to less than 1.5°C as outlined by the Paris Agreement, we need to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
University research has allowed us to understand the threat that climate change poses and is leading the way in offering us solutions through new technology and innovative policy. But what further role can universities play in addressing this global challenge? How can we make our campuses carbon neutral and ensure that internationalisation goes hand-in-hand with sustainability?
This two-day, online conference will be exploring these issues in-depth, providing you with practical, actionable steps that your institution can take to become more sustainable. We will also be exploring ways to engage with your student and staff body on this pertinent topic, and enhance the student experience.
This is an issue where there is widespread agreement on the need for action, but limited knowledge or sharing of best practice which is specific to universities. This event will bring together leading experts, passionate practitioners, and university leaders with the goal of sharing best practice and actionable information. Topics we will be covering include:
This conference will be held online over the course of two days. Alongside eight hours of informative, timely content from the most pertinent speakers on the topic, we will also be providing a wide range of opportunities to network, discuss, and make connections with colleagues within the sector.
You will also be able to access the recordings of all sessions after the event, including breakout sessions which you were unable to attend.
This conference is essential for all staff working on sustainability and climate change within their institutions, or within student engagement roles. It will also be of interest to staff working on internationalisation and who are looking to make their processes and programmes more sustainable. However, anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to attend. Potential relevant job titles include:
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Professor Judith Petts, Vice-Chancellor, University of Plymouth and Climate Commissioner, Universities UK
Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, Chairman, Committee on Climate Change
Setting the scene for the conference, our opening keynote will outline the impacts of climate change and how the UK is contributing to combating this global issue. From rising temperatures and sea levels to extreme weather events and a threat to wildlife populations, we must act now to protect our planet.
Dr Bevis Watts, Chief Executive, Triodos Bank UK
Dr Alex Ryan, Director of Sustainability, University of Gloucestershire
Natasha Landell-Mills, Head of Stewardship, Sarasin & Partners
Andrew Nolan, Development & Sustainability Director, University of Nottingham and Sustainability Advisory Group Chair, Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE)
Ola Bankole, Head of Sustainability, Bloomsbury Colleges
With lots of commitment on paper and targets to reach, how do we turn those commitments into a reality? How has the impact of Covid-19 realigned thinking and everyday working practices that could help improve the commitment to reducing carbon emissions? Speakers will discuss topics including sustainable investments, data collection, effective estates strategies, and embedding sustainability within university strategy.
Jamie Agombar, Executive Director, Students Organising for Sustainability
Martin Wiles, Head of Sustainability, University of Bristol
Juan Ramón Candia, International Student Ambassador, UKCISA and PhD student at the Management School, University of York
Students are key change makers when it comes to improving sustainable practices and shaping environmental policy. In this session, we will hear about current campaigns that are most important to students and how they are making waves in their institutions.
Professor Sir Ian Boyd, Member of the Climate Commission Council and Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Board, University of St Andrews
Currently a member the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), Professor Sir Ian Boyd will give a short talk about building back in the aftermath of covid-19 and how this is an opportunity to be greener and more sustainable. How can the sector tackle the climate challenge at the right scale and empower people to mainstream sustainability across university activities?
Professor Judith Petts, Vice-Chancellor, University
of Plymouth and Climate Commissioner, Universities UK
Choose one session to attend.
Dr Stuart Capstick, Deputy Director, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) and Research Fellow, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
Sophie Laurie, Associate Director Interdisciplinary Capability, National Environment Research Council
Professor Tahseen Jafry, Director of Centre for Climate Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University
Professor Subhes Bhattacharyya, Professor of Energy Economics and Policy, Director, Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development, De Montfort University
Chair: Professor John Rowan, Vice-Principal (Research, Knowledge Exchange & Wider Impact), University of Dundee
The demand for research evidence to inform our understanding and response to climate change has never been greater. Extending the portfolio of research across the UK including interdisciplinary research will be essential What can we learn from the work so far and what is required for universities to extend their R&D impact?
Laura Elizabeth Barr, Engage for Change Manager, Cambridge Hub
Dr Tara Ivanochko, Academic Director, UBC Sustainability Initiative, University of British Columbia
Jamie Pearson, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Edinburgh Napier University
Anita Ogilvie, Executive Manager (Strategy), Edinburgh Napier University
Chair: Dr Amanda Slevin, Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) Policy Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast
This session will showcase case studies from organisations and individuals who are exemplar in practices to engage students, staff and their local community in tackling sustainability issues and achieve net-zero.
Professor Frances Corner OBE, Warden, Goldsmiths, University of London
Clare Oxborrow, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Friends of the Earth
Sivakhami Sivanesan, Biodiversity and Landscape Manager, Estates and Sustainability, Kingston University
James Rolfe, Chief Operating Officer, Anglia Ruskin University
Chair: Dr Heidi Smith, Head of Sustainability and Staff Wellbeing, Swansea University
From using green energy sources to cutting down on waste and improving food sustainability, how can University campuses up their game and embed green initiatives into their everyday culture? This session will highlight the biggest areas of campus life in which universities can make a measurable impact on climate change.
Phil Korbel, Director of Advocacy, Carbon Literacy Project and Co-Founder, Cooler
Chloe Andrews, Higher Education Coordinator, Carbon Literacy Project
Professor Zoe Robinson, Professor of Sustainability in Higher Education, Keele University
Dr Lia Blaj-Ward, School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University
Dr Alex Hope, Head of Department for Leadership and Human Resource Management and Associate Professor of Business Ethics at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
Chair: Professor Petra Molthan-Hill, Head NTU Green Academy and Professor of Sustainable Management and Education for Sustainable Development, Nottingham Trent University
This session will explore how universities can engage all staff and students to contribute to high impact climate solutions whether they work in operations, are academics, study or engage with the university in any other way. How can universities transform their curricula to integrate climate change education into all disciplines through improved carbon literacy? And how do you encourage sustainable behaviours in disengaged members of the university community? This session will discuss carbon literacy training for all staff and students, how to embed climate change science education into all subjects as well as climate change mitigation education in arts & humanities and business schools.
Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor, University of Winchester, and Climate Commissioner, GuildHE
Marta Crispo, PhD Researcher, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Sheffield, Student Climate Commissioner, Universities UK
In just over a year since its launch, we catch up with The Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Students and Leaders and what progress has been made.
Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin, Vice President & Vice-Principal (International), King's College London
Professor Neville Wylie, Deputy Principal (Internationalisation), University of Stirling
Matt Dunlop, Head of Sustainability, Newcastle University
Higher Education is a truly global business. How can universities balance their international recruitment, research and exchange with their need to be green? Can Universities continue to thrive globally whilst combating climate change? What can universities do to make internationalisation sustainable when operating and influencing internationally? We will hear about what various institutions are doing in this area as well as a focus on a sector-wide approach in Scotland to develop solutions.
Professor Tim Bedford, Associate Principal, University of Strathclyde
Alyssa Gilbert, Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London, and Chair, The COP26 Universities Network
Matt Toombs, Director for Partnerships and Engagement, COP26 Unit, Cabinet Office
Ahead of the UN’s Climate Change Conference in November 2021, how, as a sector, are we preparing to contribute to the biggest international summit that the UK has ever hosted?