The University of Leeds has been placed top three in the UK for the Times Higher Education Global Impact Rankings! Check out the full article here.
The University of Leeds has been placed top three in the UK for the Times Higher Education Global Impact Rankings! Check out the full article here.
The University is committed to improving staff knowledge and understanding of sustainability. To do this, we are carrying out a consultation to better understand the “needs” across the whole institution and this survey forms part of that consultation.
We aim to gather information which will help us to develop a programme of training and support that meets the needs of all staff at the University of Leeds. It will help us to understand what topics we need to build capacity in, who needs training or other support, and where there are gaps.
Thank you very much for your time, we really value your input. The survey should take about 10 minutes for you to complete, and all responses are anonymous. If you would like more information on how the data will be used, or other ways to get involved please sign up for the Sustainability Newsletter or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survey closes 28 Feb 2020
The University of Leeds is calling for staff and students to contribute towards the University Climate Plan. Fill in our online survey now.
In September, the University of Leeds confirmed its role as an international leader in climate research and innovation by releasing its 7 bold principles to address the climate crisis. This includes divestment from traditional use of fossil fuels, a commitment to a 2030 net-zero carbon footprint target, and a drive to achieve no direct carbon emissions by 2050.
The Climate Plan is being created to set out bold commitments and actions that will deliver our response to the climate crisis. As well as net-zero by 2030, we’ll encourage net-zero where we have influence, use research to find solutions and ensure our students can learn about the climate crisis.
We have organised a Climate Plan Roadshow, presenting our draft plan, and invite all staff and students to come and provide feedback on the emerging Climate Plan themes. We’ll use this feedback to finalise the Climate Plan which we aim to publish in the New Year. There will also be an opportunity to find out how our research is contributing to net-zero emissions targets locally, nationally, and internationally.
The Climate Plan Roadshow will take place at the following locations:
Comment on the Climate Plan online
Alternatively, fill in our online survey to have your say in shaping the Climate Plan.
Explore the tabs below presenting the draft plan.
Which UN Sustainable Development Goals does this opportunity align with?
This opportunity aligns with all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular goals 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 13 (Climate Action) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). For more information on the goals visit sustainabledevelopment.un.org.
Thank you to everyone that donated so generously for the Leeds Baby Bank between 4-8 November. We had such a positive response, that we had to arrange an extra drop off – that’s two van-fulls of donations! This is really going to help the babies and new mothers of Leeds that are in a tight spot, especially as we approach Christmas.
Please donate postnatal and baby items at the following locations:
Sealed nappies, wipes, dried / liquid baby milk, dried / tinned baby food up to age 5, sealed bottles and dummies, home safety equipment, educational toys, sanitary and maternity pads, breast pads, Moses baskets, cots, prams, safety gates, baby monitors and high chairs.
ITEMS NOT NEEDED:
Clothes, soft toys, used mattresses, bottles, dummies, potties, opened toiletries
For queries, please contact Maria Quantock: email@example.com
All University of Leeds students can be in with a chance of winning £500 by completing our online confidential survey about your time at university and the skills you develop for getting a job.
The short survey, which is being run in conjunction with the National Union of Students, will take about 15 minutes to complete. The closing date is 10th November 2019 and students will be entered into a draw to win £500 or one of 10 £50 runner-up prizes.
To take part in the survey log on to www.nus.org.uk/uni-skills
Today the University has committed to bold climate crisis action.
We have developed seven principles which will guide our action towards a low carbon future, including a target of net-zero by 2030 and investment withdrawal from fossil fuel extractors.
Read the whole article on the main University page:
Last night the University hosted the Annual Sustainability Awards 2019 to celebrate the incredible work our staff and students do to create positive change across campus and further afield. Our staff and students have helped us create a university that embeds sustainability through knowledge, engagement, collaboration and innovation.
There are eight awards categories; each covering a different aspect of the broad spectrum of Sustainability at the University of Leeds. The first four awards are based on the themes from our Sustainability Strategy . We then have the Sustainable Purchasing Award and, new this year, the Single Out Award given to those going above and beyond to support the #2023PlasticFree Pledge. The final two awards are our student-only awards. Below we have congratulated our winners alongside their award.
Embedding Sustainability through Collaboration
Winner: James Hamilton
Runner up: The Public Engagement with Research Team for Be Curious
Runner up: Jonathan Busch for his work with the Climate Workshops and establishing the Discovering Sustainability journal.
This award recognises staff or students who have shared skills, ideas or resources across the campus to ensure sustainable practices and values are embedded into the culture of university. James won due to his hard work educating his colleagues in engaging lunchtime sessions, making sure sustainability training is on all job descriptions and introducing glass milk bottles to the office.
The Building Knowledge and Capacity
Winner: The Priestley Centre
Runner up: Kashmir Kaur for her Language in Context – Sustainability Module
Runner up: James McKay for his dedication to teaching colleagues and school children about sustainability
This is awarded when a project or initiative is focussed on educating staff or students on sustainability, using campus as a Living Lab and sharing expertise across campus or the local area. The Priestley Centre stood out, by teaming up with 3 other northern universities to take Climate Chats out into public spaces in Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester and York during Green Great Britain Week. They translated science into art, music and poetry to engage with the public and their rising concern about climate change. Furthermore, climate researchers were rapidly mobilised to attend the Youth Strikes for Climate Action to answer the striking school children’s questions – Ask a climate researcher.
Being a Positive Partner in Society
Winner: Sustainability Into Schools
Runner up: Save a Life Team for their working teaching staff and students basic lifesaving skills
Runner up: Alex Bamji, Viktor Doychinov and Alistair Hay from Health for their volunteering work giving academic support for young people from disadvantaged children.
This award recognises people who have made Leeds a happier and better place to work and live. The winner was the Sustainability into Schools programme which increases awareness of sustainability issues in primary schools across Leeds and gives pupils the tools and knowledge to live more sustainable lifestyles.
Making the Most of Resources
Winner: Roger Stevens Living Lab Team
Runner up: Residential Services for their work recycling and donating mattresses.
Runner up: Daniel Preston for his work teaching colleagues about low-waste lifestyles and hosting lunchtime litterpicks
The final award from the Sustainability Strategy’s themes is Making the Most of Resources. This celebrates staff and students that have implemented policies, ideas or encouraged behaviour changes to ensure efficient and effective resources management. A campus favourite, the Roger Stevens Pond, won. An exemplary living lab example, this has brought together academics and grounds staff to build a biodiversity haven on a concrete Grade II listed building in the city. Already used by ducks and fish, we look forward to seeing what will be attracted there in the future.
Sustainable Purchasing Award
Winner: Charles Morris Hall
Runner up: Antony Wilkinson for his research into replacing washing machines with more sustainable alternatives
The Sustainable Purchasing Award congratulates someone who has encouraged best practice and innovation in University purchasing. Charles Morris Hall installed a Purex system, which cleans water without chemicals, removing 86% of chemical previously used on site.
Single Out Award
Winner: Alumni Team
Runner up: stage@leeds for making their bar completely single-use plastic free
Runner up: Richard Jones from Devonshire Hall Kitchen for his work removing single-use plastics
The Alumni Team claimed this award for their intuitive efforts, getting involved with the Sustainability Services to replace the plastic envelope with paper, saving over 900kg of single use plastic per quarter.
The Student Co-curricular Award
Winner: Ruth Trainor
Runner-up: Ryan Higlett, for his extensive involvement with Sustainability into Schools.
This award highlights stand out student-led non-curricular work which has had a positive impact across the campus or Leeds community. Ruth Trainor won due to her organisation of Sustainability Week, hosting talks, events and presentations involving stakeholders from the University and beyond.
The Student Curricular Award
Winner: Hazel Mooney
Runner up: Jonathan Teasdale for his impressive presentation about sustainable fashion at the Student Sustainability Research Conference
This award can include any original work at the University of Leeds that has taken place this year. Hazel Mooney took this award for her dissertation, researching the intrinsic value of trees in urban areas. Jonathan Teasdale was awarded runner up for his presentation at the Student Sustainability Research Conference, highlighting the waste created in fashion and designing a waste-free clothes pattern.
Furthermore, this academic year has been the first for the new staff engagement scheme Blueprint. We were excited to award 16 teams with either ‘Working Towards’ or ‘Explorer’ for their work. The Sustainability Service works with teams to scope out their potential impacts and opportunities in order to produce an action-plan bespoke to their team. To get your School or Service signed up please contact Sustainability@leeds.ac.uk
We would like to thank Bright Beginnings for their exquisite table decorations, made from reused materials. We’re incredibly grateful for the time staff voluntarily take to create these awe inspiring sculptures, to meet our demanding brief. We would also like to thank Catering Services for the delicious vegan food they provided.
We are working with Leeds Inspired, Leeds City Council, Leeds Beckett University and local artists to create six community murals celebrating the natural beauty and diversity of Hyde Park and our community. Our mural artists have come from many different backgrounds across Hyde Park and their incredible work strongly reflects the spirit of our community.
We are looking for a keen photographer to help us document this great project. You will be photographing the murals through mid-late June and our launch party on July 25th. The material produced will be used on our website and social media communications as well as a Mural Map we are creating.
To enter for the chance to photograph the project, and to win £200 worth of kit or a voucher of your choice, please send up to 6 photos of your own previous work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for all submissions is midnight 16th June . For any further questions please email email@example.com.
Have you seen the peregrine news on our social media? Want to know more about the history of our Parkinson Peregrines? Below is a blog post from Paul Wheatley (@leedsbirder). Paul is a local birder, University of Leeds graduate and volunteer Ranger for the RSPB.
In 2018 a pair of Peregrines successfully nested and raised 3 young falcons from their lofty nesting ledge near the top of the Parkinson Tower. These incredible apex predators raised a family and delighted keen birders and those new to the world of ornithology alike.
What made the difference in this first time breeding success? A simple wooden tray filled with gravel, installed by the University of Leeds Sustainability Services. If eggs are laid on bare stone they can roll around making them difficult to keep together to incubate properly. On a gravel surface, breeding success for urban Peregrines is dramatically improved. Once the Peregrines found the tray, it was game on!
Two males and a female hatched from the eggs and were reared by the adults. In July, they fledged the nest and learned to hunt and survive for themselves. So what happened next? Life can be hard for juvenile Peregrines and only one in three typically survive their first year.
The juveniles began to wander from the University quite soon after fledging, and sightings from further afield became more frequent. All three were ringed in the nest, and with a good view it’s possible to identify them from the code on their colour rings. Most notable was an amazing view of one of the young birds who was filmed on a window ledge high up on the Pinnacle tower block in Leeds city centre (https://twitter.com/MattBigface/status/1030549797365796871)
— Matt Bigface (@MattBigface) August 17, 2018
Over the winter, we received good news from Peregrine watchers in Morley who sighted our juvenile male, ringed as TAC, on the Town Hall. Our friends at Wakefield Peregrines have already identified the building as an ideal Peregrine nesting site and have placed a nesting tray there. So with luck TAC might just find a mate and start a family only a few miles from where he was born! A juvenile male Peregrine (identified by his small size compared to a female) was seen on the Parkinson tower on a few occasions over the winter, but unfortunately it wasn’t possible to make out the code on the colour ring – this could have been TAC or possibly his brother TBC.
As is usual our two adults were seen less frequently through the winter months, and were sometimes sighted hanging out in the city centre. As the breeding season got closer however, the birds became much more active around the Parkinson building. They were seen performing acrobatic display flights and began visiting the nesting tray to make a “scrape” where their eggs would ultimately be laid. Another indication of the pair bonding was the Tiercel (male) offering up a small plucked bird to the Falcon as a gift.
This year the Leeds Uni birds were ahead of their fellow Yorkshire urban Peregrines, after laying eggs nearly a month behind most other Peregrines last year. In 2019 laid their first egg on the 18th March, beating Wakefield, Sheffield and York Peregrines to it! Three more eggs followed, each spaced out by a couple of days. The birds started to incubate from the third and penultimate egg – typical behaviour for Peregrines.
Both birds usually remained close to the nesting ledge during the week the eggs were laid, departing only briefly to hunt for food. This was a great time to watch the Peregrines, and see them interacting with other raptors in the area. Passing Sparrowhawks were carefully observed by the Peregrines, but were otherwise left alone. A buzzard was ignored. A wandering Red Kite was quickly intercepted by the Tiercel and mercilessly mobbed, or dive bombed, before beating a hasty retreat.
Bit of @UoLperegrine excitement at lunchtime. A Red Kite and 3rd Peregrine showed up to disturb the peace. The Teircel mobbed the Red Kite off into the distance. The 3rd P can be seen overhead at the end of the clip (the Falcon was on the tower at the time) @UoL_Sus pic.twitter.com/wper9gl4XB
— Leeds Birder (@leedsbirder) March 21, 2019
Other Peregrines were also frequently seen around this time, sometimes drawing the Leeds birds into the air. The interlopers may well have been looking for a mate. Our Leeds adults appear to be the same birds that have been in residence of a few years now, but neither are ringed so it’s difficult to tell for sure.
All four eggs have now hatched, as of April 28th. The parents take turns on the nest while the other hunts for food. On May 14th the University of Leeds Sustainability Services worked with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to weigh and ring the four chicks. All are healthy weights between 550g and 725g. The whole process was completed quickly and all four chicks were safely returned to the nest. We are expecting to see them fledge between the 29th May and 3rd June so keep your eyes peeled!
If you’re interested in Peregrine data, a brilliant Dutch project has collected information from hundreds of Peregrines nests around the world (https://sites.google.com/site/nestkalenders/home/slechtvalken).
Last year, myself and keen University birder Les (@uolperegrine), organised some guided walks to help locals see the fledged Peregrines and raise money for raptor conservation charities. We’re hoping to do the same this year, so watch out for news on this in early June. The walks will be advertised at short notice when the birds fledge.
Keep watching the NestCam, check out @uolperegrine (https://twitter.com/UoLperegrine) for the latest news, and please let us know your sightings around campus (and further afield) by including @leedsbirder, @uolperegrine and @uol_sus in your tweets.
Paul Wheatley @leedsbirder (https://twitter.com/leedsbirder) Paul is a local birder, University of Leeds graduate and volunteer Ranger for the RSPB.
This event was created and geared towards starting a conversation about the problems created by plastic. The University of Leeds in conjunction with Leeds University Union have pledged to become single use plastic free by 2023. Therefore, this event was set to be a conversation starter that could gather students’ views on the matter of plastic especially in their daily live and on campus.
The event kicked of with an award-winning documentary film: A Plastic Ocean. This film delved into the consequences of our over-use and overproduction of plastic. It covered the environmental impact as well as the health and social implications of our consumption of plastic.
The wonderful panel consisted of 6 students all from different backgrounds. They were all chosen due to their diverse interests in the realm of environmental issues to further diversify the responses and feedback through our discussion.
Giulia – A postgraduate student in the School of Earth and Environment studying Sustainability & Business and a Student Rep.
Mary – A Biology Postgraduate Student interested in reducing plastic waste in the Laboratories on Campus
Maddie – Postgraduate Student in School of Earth and Environment studying Sustainability and Business. Member of People & Planet Society.
Charlie – Postgraduate Student in the School of Earth and Environment studying Environment & Development. Runs a Plastic Free online supermarket called Life Before Plastik.
David – A Postgraduate Student studying Climate Change & Environmental Policy in the school of Earth and Environment. He is also a Student Sustainability Architect for Plastics, helping the university work towards the #2023 plastic free pledge.
The panel was hosted by Lulu Kariba the Student Sustainability Architect for Student Citizenship.
You can find the podcast and show notes of this event below.