£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 …

Being Outdoors

Dr. Kathryn Morris-Roberts, based at the University’s Counselling Service, talks more about her initiative to make use of outdoor campus spaces for counselling workshops. What inspired you to start running the Being Outdoors workshops? Typically counselling sessions and workshops with students take place indoors. However, research has shown how our natural environment can support our …

Duck density and #beastsofuon

Serena Brown, our new Environmental Officer, introduces herself. As an alumna of UoN and a graduate from the School of Geography, my time at university was incredibly important for shaping my view on my environment and key sustainability issues of the time. The academic side helped to stretch my thinking and approach problems with a …

Forest School at the University of Nottingham

The University’s Childcare Services is introducing a Forest School programme into their curriculum for children in their care. “We have decided to do this as we wish to promote healthy lifestyles in a healthy environment, installing a love of nature in the children in our care” Catherine Lucas, Early Years Practitioner. The Forest School concept …

Sitting on Environment Committee: Dr Mandy Roshier

Dr Mandy Roshier answers our questions in the first of a series of posts profiling members of the University’s Environment Committee in the UK. 1.  What does being on Environment Committee entail? Being part of a team that brings together members from across the University to harness their expertise and experiences to embrace all things environmental …

Down but not out

When an ancient beech tree atop The Downs finally succumbed to disease and decay, the Estate Office was determined that the centuries-old landmark should not be forgotten. The tree is a link to the landscape’s past long before it became a University campus. Indeed Lenton Close, the last private house to be built on University …

Towards a Sustainable Ningbo

I made my first visit to Ningbo, and to China, in early June with a view to understanding the challenges and opportunities to achieve a sustainable campus. Of course, there are different challenges in China – but exciting ones. For a start, the climate in Ningbo is one of extremes. It’s not unusual for temperatures …

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 …

First impressions

Andy Nolan, who joined The University of Nottingham in December to take up the role of Director of Sustainability, shares his thoughts on his first few days. First and foremost, it’s great to join such a great University and to lead the development of its ambitious sustainability programme. That was a huge attraction for me, given the …

Blooming brilliant! Nottingham’s grounds pick up a raft of awards

The University is known for its show stopping grounds and so it should come as no surprise that UoN has bagged awards from both East Midlands and Nottingham in Bloom, as well as an RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Award. So what exactly did the University win? The awards East Midlands in Bloom Regional Award for …