The role of universities in tackling the climate emergency

3 Feb - 4 Feb 2021, 09:30 - 16:30

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.

Why should you attend?

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:

  • Combatting climate change: the defining global issues of our time
  • How can universities achieve net-zero emissions?
  • Can higher education be international and sustainable?
  • Climate conscious nations: a UK-wide approach
  • Clean, green, sustainable campuses
  • The role of research centres

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.

Who should 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:

  • Pro-Vice-Chancellors, International/Research
  • Manager/Director/Officer for Sustainability
  • Head of/Director/Officer for International
  • Director/Head/Officer for Research
  • Director/Head/Officer for Student Experience
  • Director/Head/Officer for Estates
  • Director/Head/Officer for Student Services
  • Director/Head of Planning and Strategy 
  • Study abroad teams

If you have any questions about this or any other of our events, please contact us on or 07500 441505.

We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact Esther Dudley, Head of Events and Engagement for more information:

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Esther Dudley

Head of Events and Engagement
Universities UK


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