Vanessa McCorquodale

Community and Student Engagement Manager - Forest and Peatland programme

  • Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability

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Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability
The Boilerhouse
High School Yards

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  • I work in a hybrid format with some days in the office, on site or at home. Please email me or contact me on Teams.


Vanessa is the Community and Student Engagement Manager for the University's Forest and Peatland programme, which works to sequester carbon and increase biodiversity through woodland creation and peatland restoration.

Vanessa engages with university students and staff to embed forests and peatland projects into the life of the university for student teaching, research, the student experience and staff engagement.

For communities, Vanessa engages with communities linked to the forest and peatland projects in order to ensure net community benefits and raise aspirations for young people using land and nature as a tool. 

Vanessa joined the University in 2012 and has worked at the Vet School, the Estates Department, the School of Engineering and has worked for the department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability since 2018.

Vanessa has been responsible for  delivering student and staff training programmes; take Action for a Sustainable World and Carbon Literacy.  She has worked on Waste projects, the European project Make ICT Fair and worked to embed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) throughout the curriculum and increase students' opportunities for SRS Living Lab projects across all disciplines at the university.  She also supervised students on select SRS Living Lab dissertations.

With an undergraduate background in Environmental Construction, Architecture, Psychology and an MSc in Carbon Management, Vanessa's hopes that engaging the University with opportunities to engage with nature will inspire action to improve biodiversity and the climate.

Research summary

Vanessa works on the Forest and Peatland Project coordinating community, learning and research. Please contact Misti first.

Carbon sequestration