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The University of Leeds and Leeds University Union #2023PlasticFree pledge was one of the first and boldest pledges to remove single-use plastic from any Higher Education organisation. It’s been two years since the pledge was made and our commitment is as strong as ever, despite the added complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic this year. Here…
The University of Leeds and Leeds University Union (LUU) have joined forces to support local food banks this winter. This year has proved challenging for food banks in Leeds. With demand skyrocketing, they have often struggled to support the people who rely on them. To combat this, we are asking staff and students to help,…
You may have spotted some new disposable cup recycling bins on campus this autumn. These new bins are from Forge Recycling and are designed to make it as easy as possible to recycle single-use disposable cups used for hot drinks with separate sections for the lids, the cup and any left over fluid. As it…
The University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University have joined forces to help further tackle antisocial student behaviour, funding additional patrols as part of a trial initiative. The extra Leeds Antisocial Behaviour Team (LASBT) and police patrols aim to reduce noise and nuisance behaviour in areas where students live. Working in partnership with Leeds City…
Colour Hyde Park, the University’s collaborative community mural project, has brought together the people, businesses, universities and schools of Hyde Park to create a series of six inspiring murals. Murals and street art are a wonderful way to preserve our city’s cultural identity and inspire communities to feel ownership and pride for the place they…
Congratulations to the 2020 Sustainability Award winners. Each year Leeds celebrates the sustainable achievements of students, staff and external partners – and this year’s digital celebration received a record number of nominations. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for the Sustainability Awards 2020. The record number of nominations is testament to the brilliant work taking place across the University and beyond to find sustainable solutions on…
The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings recognises the University as one of the top three in the UK. The impact rankings measure university impact across the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which cover everything from reducing inequalities and making cities safe resilient spaces to sustainable procurement. Globally, Leeds placed joint 11th with Newcastle University and joint third in the UK out of 766 educational institutions worldwide. This year is the first time the University has…
One million pieces of single-use plastic have been removed from use across campus during the past 12 months. One year on from the launch of the joint University and LUU pledge to go single-use plastic-free by 2023, we can already celebrate some notable successes. Since making the headline announcement last November, we’ve been working hard behind the…
The University of Leeds commits to seven climate principles. The University of Leeds has fully divested from significant fossil fuel extractors and has set out seven bold principles it will adopt to help tackle the climate crisis. The seven climate principles have been approved by the University’s governing body, its Council, and outline the ambitious steps…
The University of Leeds has been recognised at the International Sustainable Campus Network. Leeds has won an award for embedding a collaborative approach to sustainability across all aspects of the University curriculum. At the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) conference earlier this month in São Paulo, Brazil, the Leeds Sustainable Curriculum, led by the University’s Sustainability Service, received…