Staff and Student engagement

Staff and student

Staff and student engagement

An Environment & Sustainability Group for staff to post and share information on UCA Workplace, an internal social media platform, launched in 2017 and by October 2020 had forty-five staff members across all campuses. A separate workplace group, the Canterbury Green Group has 16 members who are committed to greening their campus and engaging with local external sustainability groups in Canterbury.

In September 2019, the Sustainability Manager took part in the Fresher’s Week Fairs, distributing information and meeting with new students and delivered talks at each campus on UCA and Sustainability. 

Communications were issued throughout the year to staff and students via email and social media on subjects including UCA’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions, the launch of the BAFTA Albert educational partnership and sustainable travel.

On 20 September 2019 UCA supported the Global Strike for Climate and enabled staff to take 30 minutes out of their day in support of this action to come together to highlight the urgency for action to address Climate Change. 

In June 2020, UCA Students' Union (UCASU) took part in the National Union of Students (NUS) Green Impact awards and achieved reaccreditation of their ‘Excellent’ ranking. The award is in recognition of UCASU’s achievements in sustainability. 

Due to lockdown, UCASU and UCA were unable to host an annual Go Green March event at each campus. In 2019 Go Green March (UCASU Go Green March), consisted of with over forty events and activities across UCA’s four campuses to engage staff and students in sustainability issues. Events included Meat-free Mondays and vegan options in canteens, Swishing events (clothing exchange), Green Discussion Forums, movie screenings, talks from local ‘green’ businesses and Non-governmental Organisations 

Lockdown also meant the cancellation of the Farnham Sustainability Festival 2020, scheduled for June 2020. In previous years UCA students and staff have operated a stand, showcasing student artwork inspired by sustainability. In 2019 over three hundred local Farnham residents visited the stand, which also highlighted key elements of the University Sustainability programme. The University SM also delivered a talk to Festivalgoers on Sustainability at UCA. 

In 2015 The Centre for Sustainable Design® (CfSD), part of UCA’s Business School for the Creative Industries, set up a collaboration with Transition Town Farnham to establish Farnham Repair Café (FRC). FRC is a place where local people can seek advice and get free assistance from local volunteers to repair and extend the useful life of broken or faulty products, including electrical and mechanical products, furniture, clothing, textiles and bikes. Between January 2015 and October 2020, FRC has attracted almost 3,000 visitors and achieved 1,287 fully repaired products, diverting over three tonnes of products from disposal to landfill and reducing carbon emissions by 35 tonnes (Farnham Repair Cafe). During the course of its operation, twelve Farnham students and two UCA members of staff have regularly volunteered their time and expertise to assist with repairs and help run the Repair Café.