£100k awarded to sustainability projects

If you have a great idea for a sustainability-related project but need funding to make it happen, the Environment Initiative Fund may be the solution! Each year, the University’s Sustainability and Environment Committee awards around £100,000 to student or staff-led sustainability projects. Applications are now open for 2017/18. In the 2016/17 academic year 14 bids …

Thunderbirds are nearly ready to go…….

With just over 3 weeks until I set off on my Thunderbird charity ride for dementia research my mind turns to perhaps doing a little bit of planning.  The principle of my ride is simple – 5 Capitals ( Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff and London) – in 4 days, involving 3 sleeps – on 2 …

Pedalling for Life Cycle 5 – you to can give it a try in August

I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with a number of the Life Cycle rides over the past few years, in this blog I want to tell you a little bit about my latest ride and hopefully inspire and encourage you to get on your bike and support Life Cycle 5 at the Community day …

Bikes for hire

Louisa Barron shares first-hand experience of the University’s bike hire scheme. The Ucycle bike hire scheme has been running for several years, however as a student at the University and then a temporary employee, I had no idea it existed until this autumn when I started to help issue the hire bikes. But it really is …

One bike, two legs, 2,000+ miles and climbing to the top of Everest

With just over a week until the start of his Bike ride, Gavin Scott, Environment Manager reflects on this last six months of training and cake eating and the challenge ahead………….. Back in January of this year in a moment of utter madness I entered an endurance race  from London to Istanbul on a push bike , …

Sustainability – 2020 Vision

The University is currently developing its strategic plan, looking ahead to the period 2015 – 2020, so it’s right that we refresh the University’s environment strategy and consider the wider sustainability issues we face in 2014. The University published its current Environment Strategy in 2010 and has been acknowledged as broad, ambitious and setting out an …

NET benefit

If you live, work or study in Nottingham, you can’t help but notice that the tram network is being extended. Nottingham Express Transport (NET) is building Phase Two, with line two running from the city centre to Clifton via the Meadows, and line three running through Beeston to Toton. At the moment it feels very …

“We should probably go on a cycling holiday.”

I’ve just spent a great day cycling 36 miles in the sunshine. The ride consisted of: Factor 50 sun cream Sunglasses Cycling up No Man’s Lane (much easier on the way down) Two ice cream stops (Calypso and a Magnum) Two pub stops Cycling to Drum Hill (where I went on year seven school camp) …

Stupid transit van drivers and lost keys

Yesterday a friend showed me a new route which finishes right outside South Entrance on University Boulevard. It was via Attenborough Nature Reserve and Beeston Marina, much more scenic than the road route and a couple of miles extra (which is good as it was Cake Thursday at work). It made a nice change to …

Chain reaction

Sunday was the big one (for me). Six of us met at 2pm and cycled to The John Thompson Inn and Brewery at Ingleby, Derbyshire. I’d like to mention that several hours before this, Chris and a few others (in preparation for the Paris ride/stag do) cycled 35miles – hardcore. This was a really enjoyable …