Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Staff: make your lab more sustainable

Labs use many times more energy and water per square metre than office spaces. Being conscious of your resource and energy use can make a big difference.

First steps to a sustainable lab

It's easy to make your lab more sustainable. Here are some things you can do right now.

Laboratory plastics

Lab plastic pipette
We are working to encourage sustainable use and disposal of plastics in University laboratories.


Forms and documentation to assist laboratory staff.

Selling equipment assets FAQs

Chemistry lab green laser
Thinking of selling equipment you no longer need? Find out about: permissions, risks, health and safety, procurement & finance and logistics. Search this page for answers to frequently asked questions.

Take part in the Lab Awards

The Sustainability Awards can give you the framework to help push your place of work to be more sustainable and reward good practice already taking place. Successful teams receive locally crafted and sustainably sourced trophies, presented at our annual Sustainability Awards ceremony by senior managers.

Enter the Lab Awards

Apply for the Sustainable Campus Fund

The Sustainable Campus Fund is an internal investment vehicle that provides financing to help you implement energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainability projects that generate cost savings.

Anyone at the University – staff and students – can propose projects for the £2.75m fund. Once a project is proposed, we advise and support the development of the project before submitting it to the Utilities Working Group for approval.

Projects are assessed based upon five criteria, including their payback period and how much carbon they will save.

Apply for the fund


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Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability
The Boilerhouse
High School Yards

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