University awarded sustainability accreditation
The University has achieved Responsible Futures Accreditation from the National Union of Students (NUS), in recognition of the University’s and the Students’ Union’s shared commitment to embedding sustainability and social responsibility across the formal and informal curriculum.
This partnership began in 2017, building on the success of the Futures Initiative and providing an excellent opportunity to take part in a supported national programme.
Last month, the partnership underwent its first Responsible Futures audit over a two-day period, which was carried out by four of our students under the guidance of the NUS Responsible Futures Lead. While the final report has not yet been received, we achieved an indicative score of 232 out of 330, 32 points above the threshold for accreditation. The small but dedicated team of students learned considerably through the process.
One student auditor commented: “I have been surprised by how my own views of sustainability have changed. I have been pleasantly surprised by how much the University has done to make a positive impact with the Responsible Futures project.”
Ellie Martin from the Students’ Union said: “This has been an amazing period when relationships between the SU, Sustainability Office and Student Green Office have really become embedded. The partnership goes from strength to strength and we feel that we are really responding to student demand for sustainability to be embedded within their courses”.