Social Responsibility and Sustainability

About the awards

The Sustainability Awards offer an opportunity for staff and students to make a difference and contribute towards our University becoming more socially responsible and sustainable.

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The basics

Teams from any office, laboratory, student society, or student residence at the University can take part in the Sustainability Awards. As a member of staff or a student, you can join an existing team or start your own team by registering your interest in taking part below.

We have four different types of Sustainability Award spanning the breadth of the University so that everyone can get involved:

  • Office
  • Lab
  • Student Society
  • Student Residence

Each category comes with its own toolkit containing a set of specially designed criteria to encourage action in social responsibility and sustainability themes. Your team will work together to complete the toolkit and track your progress using our simple online platform.

At the end of the Sustainability Awards trained staff and student auditors will meet with you to review your efforts and give feedback on your team’s performance.

You will receive support from the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability throughout the process.


The University Website Programme team would wholeheartedly recommend taking part in the Sustainability Awards. The tasks are fun and easy to complete and the process helped pull the team closer together.

Bruce DarbyProject Manager, University Website Programme

Why should I take part?

By taking part you’ll be joining a community of over 200 staff and students work are working to make a difference within our University. You’ll have the opportunity to work as a team with colleagues and develop skills. Your team will receive recognition for your achievements from senior members of the University.

Every year teams make a big impact by finding new ways to conserve resources, create positive working and learning environments, fundraise for good causes and build links with the surrounding community.

If your team is successful, you will receive a locally crafted and sustainably sourced trophy and certificate, presented at our annual Sustainability Awards ceremony by senior managers.

For more information download the Sustainability Awards leaflet.

Register your interest

If you want to take part in the awards, or if you'd just like to learn a little more, you can register your interest now.

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