Policy and governance

A commitment to sustainable development is highlighted in UCA’s Strategic Plan 2013-18. Leadership responsibility for Sustainability is held by the Vice Chancellor (VC) and operational responsibility is held by the Director, Estates & Facilities (E&F).

A working partnership was established in December 2014 between E&F and UCA research centre, The Centre for Sustainable Design® www.cfsd.org.uk based at UCA Farnham to provide strategic advice to support UCA’s Environmental and Social Sustainability Programme. 

In August 2016, a Sustainability Officer was appointed by UCA reporting to the Director of E&F.

UCA’s Environmental & Social Sustainability Policy is reviewed annually and approved by the UCA Leadership Team. Performance against this policy is publicly reported each year in the UCA Environment & Energy Review.

The Environment & Social Sustainability Working Group (ESSWG) was established in 2012 and is responsible for the development, support and monitoring of Environmental and Social Sustainability across the full breadth of the University’s activities.

The SO reports progress and seeks input on the Sustainability Programme at Campus Operations Group (COG) meetings which are attended by academic and professional support staff and student representatives. The SO submits papers to the University Leadership Team for review and approval. The annual report is submitted for review and approval to the University Audit and Risk Committee and is reported to the Board of Governors.

The Sustainable Travel Group (STG), chaired by the SO, was formed in 2018, to develop Sustainable Travel Plans at each campus and to reduce the environmental impact of staff and student travel. STG membership includes staff from Estates & Facilities, Human Resources, Health & Safety and a representative from the Students Union.

The University aims to continue to provide the funds and support required to ensure that UCA continues to meet the objectives of its Environmental & Social Sustainability Policy.

Useful documents, please click on links below to view and/or download:

UCA Strategic Vision
UCA Environmental & Social Sustainability Policy
Environmental and Social Sustainability Working Group Terms of Reference
UCA Buildings and Facilities Management Policy
- UCA Energy & Environment Report 2017/18