We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and improve sustainability across our campus.

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Staff and student engagement

We encourage all students and staff to live and work sustainably and reduce their environmental impact and there are many opportunities to be involved in initiatives and activities taking place on campus.

Student and staff inductions 

During Welcome Week in September, we hold daily talks on our Green Campus initiaitives and Green Travel options. All enrolling students are encourage to attend. Find out about this year's talks in the Headstart schedule on pages 10-13 of the Undergraduate Welcome Pack and Postgraduate Welcome Pack, or download from the Registration Information page.

All new staff are given an environmental induction as part of their University induction programme and all departmental level inductions include an environmental checklist for line managers to work through with new starters.

Go Green Week 

The University hosts an annual Go Green Week in collaboration the Student Union. The most recent Go Green Week in October 2018 featured a full and exciting programme of activities including The Clothes Swap, Smoothie Bike, Fruit Tree Planting, Secret Campus Tour and The Blackout! 

Campus Blackout 

The University's twice-yearly Campus Blackout sees teams of staff and student volunteers switch off computer monitors, lights, printers and other small power in offices and teaching rooms across King Alfred and West Downs quarters on a Friday night. This allows us to demonstrate the positive impact our collective actions can have on the University's carbon footprint and energy bills. The October 2018 Campus Blackout weekend achieved a 12.5% reduction in energy use overall in the buildings selected (compared to a baseline average of the previous two weekends' energy use). 

Saving energy in halls 

The University takes part in the NUS Student Switch Off scheme every year to encourage students living in halls on campus to save energy and recycle more in their flats. We also run annual Pizzas for Power and Burger Off! competitions. The flat in each hall that saves the most energy (demonstrates the largest reduction in electricity consumption) over the week of each competition wins a pizza feast and vouchers for the Gourmet Burger Company on campus.

JUMP and Green Impact

The University hosts two staff engagement schemes - JUMP Winchester and Green Impact. JUMP is an online platform that rewards staff for taking positive steps to reduce their environmental footprint in the workplace, as well as taking part in fitness and wellbeing activities on and off campus. It is open to all departments and faculties and as of November 2018, had over 200 staff participants. In 2017/18, the University took part in Winchester City Council’s Green Impact programme and was presented with a Gold Award for its work to embed sustainability across the institution.

Student Ethical and Environmental Advisory Group

The Student Ethical and Advisory Group meets monthly and is open to anyone who is working on related projects in the university or who has a general interest in ethical or environmental issues. The Student Union Ethical and Environmental Officer and the University’s Environment Team are part of the Group. The meetings provide an opportunity for students to find out more about existing sustainability projects on campus, gather feedback on current initiatives and discuss new ideas. If you’d like to get involved or have suggestions for projects please contact SU_environment@winchester.ac.uk.

Working with our Unions

Representatives of the University and Colleges Union (UCU) and UNISON sit on the Responsible Futures Steering Group and attend the monthly meetings of the Student Advisory Group for Ethics and the Environment. In 2018/19, the Environment Team, UCU and UNISON are collaborating on a new project to improve air quality in University offices by providing pot plants to all colleagues who would like one.  

Our green awards...

  • Green Impact Gold Award – Winchester City Council scheme 2018
  • National Recycling Awards 2018. Winner of Campaign of the Year – Public/Third Sector. The University of Winchester - ‘Chew fancy a brew?’ - A coffee cup campaign
  • Awards for Excellent in Waste Management 2018. Winner of Waste Management Initiative In The Retail, Commercial And Public Sector. ‘Chew Fancy a Brew?’ The University of Winchester’s Coffee Cup Initiative
  • Shortlisted for the Reduce, Reuse Recycle award at the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s ‘Food Made Good’ Awards 2018
  • Green Gown Awards 2017 – Winner of the Food & Drink category for our reusable coffee cup initiative.
  • Social Enterprise Gold Mark 2017
  • British Quality Foundation Sustainable Future Award 2016
  • Green Impact National Award for Innovation and Engagement (Marshall Rose Library) 2016
  • Winchester Carbon Smart Gold 2015