The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Dick Vet takes home Gold at University Sustainability Awards

Success marks 10 years of Sustainability Award achievements for Easter Bush campus.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies’ Easter Bush Campus has achieved another Gold Office Award in the 2022 University of Edinburgh Sustainability Awards. 

This is the tenth year that the campus has received an Office Award, and the eighth year in a row it has achieved Gold status.  

This impressive achievement is due to the multitude of innovative projects introduced by the Easter Bush Campus’ Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee. This group has representation from staff and students across all of the campus activities, including teaching, research, clinical, professional and technical services, and aims to ensure that the Easter Bush Campus is a beacon of good practice in Sustainability and Social Responsibility.  

Working collectively with staff and students across the campus, the initiatives introduced by the committee and its partners have helped the School conserve resources, reduce its carbon footprint and support local biodiversity.  

Sustainability Initiatives   

Easter Bush is in the final stages of commissioning a solar farm, which will provide 15% of the campus electricity consumption going forward. It has also introduced multiple electric vehicle charging points and other sustainable travel initiatives.  

In addition to a campus apiary, Easter Bush offers garden allotments for its staff and students to manage and is planning to establish a physic garden, which will be a learning aid for our students, staff and visitors and contribute to the biodiversity of the wider Dick Vet garden.  

The campus has also introduced a range of initiatives to reduce energy, plastics, packaging and water use across its labs, offices, hospitals and clinics as well and multiple recycling points. 

Multiple Student Experience Grants have supported ecological awareness projects on campus. Litter picking initiatives and participation in the Hedgehog Friendly Campus Awards, as well as a raptor survey in conjunction with the Undergraduate Conservation Medicine Society, have also enabled the campus to protect its local biodiversity. 

Rewarding Sustainability  

The Sustainability Awards celebrate University staff and students who actively contribute to the University becoming more socially responsible and sustainable. 

Launched in 2012, the annual awards provide a way for those working within the University to drive change in operations. 


We are absolutely delighted that our Campus has been Awarded Gold at this year’s University Sustainability awards. As a School, we will continue to proactively managing our footprint and consider at a strategic level how we can integrate this into our work

Cat EastwoodDeputy Head of School (Operations) and Chair of the Easter Bush Campus’ Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee

Relative Links

Interactive Sustainability Map of Easter Bush campus

University of Edinburgh Sustainability Awards

About the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies  

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is a one-of-a-kind centre of excellence in clinical activity, teaching and research. Our purpose-built campus, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Pentland Hills Regional Park, is home to more than eight hundred staff and almost fourteen hundred students, all of whom contribute to our exceptional community ethos.  

The School comprises:  

The Roslin Institute  

The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security  

The Roslin Innovation Centre  

The Hospital for Small Animals  

Equine Veterinary Services  

Farm Animal Services  

Easter Bush Pathology  

The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education  

We represent the largest concentration of animal science-related expertise in Europe, impacting local, regional, national and international communities in terms of economic growth, the provision of clinical services and the advancement of scientific knowledge.