EAUC Conference 2016 at UWE in May | Role of education in creating healthier, happier cities


The 20th annual conference of The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) will take place at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol on 25-26 May 2016.


Taking into account the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015, the conference focuses on one goal, namely SDG11, which calls upon countries to make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The event will provide the delegates with an opportunity to explore the legacy of the host city Bristol’s European Green Capital Award 2015.


Titled ‘Learning and Legacy: The Role of Education in Creating Healthier, Happier Cities,’ the conference will explore the important role that universities and colleges can play in encouraging community cohesion, connecting stakeholders, driving social and business innovation and acting as a catalyst for change for building sustainable cities.


The conference will bring together delegates from the further and higher education sector, including those responsible for environmental management, estates and facilities, finance and procurement as well as curriculum leaders and students. It will comprise plenary sessions, interactive workshops, and facilitated networking events, a gala dinner and an exhibition.


The programme will feature a keynote panel session and three keynote addresses:

Keynote Panel Session | Bristol 2015

Chair: Professor Jim Longhurst (UWE) and Chris Willmore (University of Bristol)

Panellists (from Bristol 2015 European Green Capital and local businesses): Andrew Garrad, Gary Topp, Alan Bailey, Gem Heywood and Dr Georgina Gough

Keynote | A Challenging Journey: Driving Change for Tomorrow’s Leaders?

Mike Barry (Director of Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer M&S)

Keynote | Community Connections: Striving for Full-Spectrum Sustainability in our Cities

David Orr (Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies & Politics EMERITUS and Counsellor to the President, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA)

Keynote | A Bed-time Story

Mac Macartney (Founder, Embercombe)


The sessions are structured around the framework for Learning in Future Environments (LiFE), falling into four main ‘priority areas’:

  • Estates and Operations | Biodiversity, sustainable ICT, utilities, travel, transport, construction and renovation, resource efficiency and waste
  • Leadership and Governance | Leadership, staff engagement and human resources
  • Learning, Teaching and Research | Learning, teaching, student engagement, research (both sustainable research and research into sustainability)
  • Partnership and Engagement | Business and industry interface, community and public engagement and procurement and suppliers


The programme will also feature a number of case studies in the sessions and most of them are winners or highly commended entries in Green Gown Awards.


In partnership with the National Union of Students (NUS), the conference will hold a number of workshops that will be particularly relevant to students and students’ union representatives.


The event will also facilitate networking in a number of ways, including a pre-conference social the night before the main conference, an exhibition and a gala dinner.


EAUC AGM 2016 will also be held during the conference. The EAUC is a not-for-profit charity with a membership of over 215 universities and colleges, supporting sustainability in the UK tertiary education sector.


Parts of the graphic (including logos) are from respective websites





EAUC Annual Conference 2016 website https://www.eventsforce.net/assuredevents/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=42694&ef_sel_menu=1240&eventID=104&eventID=104 | #EAUCConf2016


EAUC Annual Conference 2016 on the EAUC website http://www.eauc.org.uk/annual_conference | @TheEAUC


The conference programme https://www.eventsforce.net/assuredevents/frontend/reg/tOtherPage.csp?pageID=42983&ef_sel_menu=1244&eventID=104&eventID=104


Host | University of the West of England (UWE) http://www.uwe.ac.uk/ | @UWEBristol


Headline sponsor | Carbon Credentials http://www.carboncredentials.com/ | @CCESltd
Learning in Future Environments (LIFE) Index website http://www.eauc.org.uk/life/home


University of the West of England (UWE) | Sustainability http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/visionandmission/sustainability.aspx



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Bristol & UWE to host int’l symposium on Sustainability in Higher Education with a focus on students


An international symposium titled ‘Learning from the Sharp End – Implications for Sustainability in Higher Education’, will take place in Bristol on 7-8 September 2015.

This event, jointly organised by the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE) and supported by the UN SIDS Partnership ‘Learning from the Sharp End of Environmental Uncertainty’ and the National Union of Students (NUS), is part wide programme of activities for Bristol’s year as the European Green Capital for 2015.

Central to the approach adopted by the UN SIDS partnership is the concept of learning from those in the front line of change. This conference will use that approach to learn from those developing initiatives in higher education.

The symposium will focus on new ideas to empower and enable students to make a difference and to deliver a more sustainable future. It will showcase the best international experience of engaging students in sustainability learning with an emphasis upon holistic approaches which link student-led activities, the informal curriculum, skills and engagement development in the formal curriculum and the campus and city as living laboratories. It also has a sub theme, namely, Postgraduate Voices – tomorrow’s agenda.

The symposium will feature a number of keynote speakers:
• Jamie Agombar (Ethical and Environment Manager, National Union of Students NUS)
• Simon Kemp (Academic Lead – ESD, University of Southampton)
• Professor James Longhurst (Assistant Vice Chancellor, Environment and Sustainability, UWE, Bristol)
• Sara Parkin (Forum for the Future)
• Iain Patton (CEO, The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges EAUC)
• Chris Wilmore (Bristol Green Academy Academic Lead, University of Bristol)
• Professor Carolyn Roberts (University of Oxford)

The event will include workshops and roundtables and over thirty academic papers will be presented. Moreover, a pre-conference programme will enable delegates to explore Bristol as European Green Capital and contribute to this special year.

The two universities are leading a HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) Catalyst Fund project, called ‘Student Capital: Green Capital’. The project brings together formal and informal curriculum initiatives to test different ways of engaging students in sustainability learning, focusing on how student capital can be harnessed to make a difference to the students and in the community. Contributions to this Symposium will inform the outcomes of that work.

Graphic adapted from the symposium website.


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CONFERENCE | Evolving Science Communication: 10 years of science communication at UWE

SML-logos-UWE-SCUA conference, titled ‘Evolving Science Communication: 10 years of science communication at UWE,’ will take place at the Watershed in Bristol on Friday 4 April 2014.

Organised by the Science Communication Unit of the University of the West of England (UWE), the conference aims to provide a platform for discussion between experts from practitioner and academic communities. It will also celebrate the ten year anniversary of science communication postgraduate programmes at UWE Bristol. This conference is further to the UWE’s first Evolving Science Communication conference in 2009.

The day will begin with a welcome from Dr Emma Weitkamp and Dr Clare Wilkinson from the UWE Science Communication Unit.

The programme will include two plenary sessions:

  • Science Communication – International Perspectives and Opportunities | Professor Frank Burnet, Emeritus Professor of Science Communication, UWE
  • Science; not just for scientists | Imran Khan, Chief Executive of the British Science Association

The day will see six presentations, in two sessions:

  • Engineers are blokes who fix your boiler… the image problems that are hampering engineering
  • The Building as an Exhibit: Communicating Environmental Sustainability in Science Centres
  • Involving students in STEM communication activities
  • The Francis Crick Institute: engaging the local community
  • Einstein’s Garden: Creative, collaborative and playful approaches to public engagement
  • Can academics really engage ‘hard to reach’ audiences?

An hour-long PechaKucha session will feature presentations, each running for less than seven minutes, mainly covering the following themes:

  • Online and Digital Communication
  • Arts and Creative Communication
  • New and ‘Hard to Reach’ Audiences

A typical, fast-paced PechaKucha presentation with an emphasis on images consists of 20 slides, each shown only for 20 seconds before the automated appearance of the next slide.

The drinks reception will see a poster session related to contemporary issues in science communication.

Registration will close on 14 March 2014.

The internationally-renowned Science Communication Unit (SCU) at UWE focuses on engaging the public with science and training future science communicators. Among its programmes and activities are:

  • Science Communication MSc/ Postgraduate Diploma
  • Science for Environment Policy news alert service
  • Socio-economic Sciences: Communicating Outcomes Oriented to Policy (SCOOP)
  • euRathlon (an outdoor robotics competition)
  • Science Comics (for children)

Image comprises logos of the University of the West of England (UWE) and its Science Communication Unit



Conference website http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/research/sciencecommunicationunit/trainingandshortcourses/evolvingsciencecommunication.aspx

Conference registration form https://www.formstack.com/forms/uwe-evolving_science_communication_conference

UWE Science Communication Unit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/research/sciencecommunicationunit.aspx

The first Evolving Science Conference of UWE http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/11042/1/Evolving_Science_Communication_report_Sept_2009.pdf

Science Communication MSc/ Postgraduate Diploma http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/p90012/

Science for Environment Policy news alert service http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/index_en.htm

Socio-economic Sciences: Communicating Outcomes Oriented to Policy (SCOOP) http://www.scoopproject.org.uk/

Science Comics website (for children) http://www.sciencecomics.uwe.ac.uk/

British Science Association http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/


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UWE helps develop a sustainable procurement index

SML-UWE-news-logosThe University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol has helped the development of a new sustainable procurement index, the CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply) Sustainability Index. It is joint initiative of CIPS, PRGX UK Ltd and UWE.

Founded on academic research, input from industry leaders and best practice guidance from CIPS, this innovative online index provides buyers with an independent rating of sustainability credentials of their suppliers, considering economic and social factors as well as environmental ones.


Professor Andrew Douglas (UWE’s Bristol Business School), who led the research, delivered the keynote speech at last month’s Sustainable Purchasing and Supply Summit where the index was launched.


Image adapted from the UWE website



CIPS Sustainability Index website


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Greenwich tops UK People & Planet Green League 2012

The University of Greenwich topped The People & Planet Green League 2012. The rest of the top five places went to Plymouth, Brighton, Gloucestershire and Nottingham Trent (last year’s winner).

Among the biggest forward leaps are those of the University of Surrey (67 places, from joint 114th in 2011 to 47th in 2012), Cardiff University (55 places, from joint 130th to 75th), the University of the West of England (UWE) (26 places, from joint 37th to joint 11th) and the University of Brighton (18 places, from 21st to 3rd).

The top 25 green universities are as follows:

1 University of Greenwich

2 University of Plymouth

3 University of Brighton

4 University of Gloucestershire

5 Nottingham Trent University

6 University of Central Lancashire

7 Bournemouth University

8 Bath Spa University

8 University of Bradford

10        Manchester Metropolitan University

11        Aston University

11        University of East Anglia

11        University of The West of England, Bristol

11        University of Worcester

15        Oxford Brookes University

16        De Montfort University

16        University of Portsmouth

16        University of East London

19        Bangor University

19        Sheffield Hallam University

21        University of Huddersfield

21        Liverpool John Moores University

21        Cardiff Metropolitan University

24        University of Exeter

25        University of Derby

More… (Full list of Green League 2012 on The Guardian website)

More… (More detailed full list of Green League 2012 on People & Planet website)

More… (About the winner, the University of Greenwich)

More… (About the biggest rises and falls)

More… (How points are scored for the rankings)

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UWE Bristol: new climate change short courses

The University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, has added two topics – ‘The Science of Climate Change’ and ‘Climate Change and Spatial Planning’ – to its short courses on town and country planning for assisting planning professionals in the area of climate change impacts.