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Overall aim of course:

To assist leaders and managers in their development of a good knowledge and understanding of sustainability and why it’s important to the University of Leeds, the University’s Sustainability approach, strategy, commitments and core programmes, and implications for their own roles and work areas.


Main topics covered will be:

  • The big picture – what is it and why do we care about sustainability
  • Working towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
  • University of Leeds commitments
    • Sustainability Strategy
    • 7 principles of Climate Action
    • Plastics
  • The University of Leeds vision and The Leeds Way
  • What this means in practice – core sustainability activities, programmes and behaviours
  • Covered throughout the course – The role of managers and leaders

The session is designed to be interactive and activity/facilitated discussion based, with limited PowerPoint slides. Detailed PowerPoints and links to resources will be available following the course.


By the end of the session delegates should:

  • Understand what sustainability is and why it is important for the University.
  • Know about the University’s Sustainability Strategy, challenges and commitments and our innovative approaches to embedding sustainability.
  • Know about a variety of key sustainability programmes and initiatives that seek to engage and embed sustainability throughout the institution.
  • Be clear on how to access resources to support embedding sustainability.
  • Be equipped with the skills and knowledge to identify sustainability issues and positive about how to address these issues.
  • Understand the implications for their management/leadership roles and behaviours and how these fit with wider University initiatives.
  • Know who to speak to about any ongoing issues they might have around sustainability.

Pre-session requirements/links to online resources:

Delegates will be expected to be broadly familiar with the University’s Sustainability Strategy prior to attending the course so that discussions can be focused around role implications, actions and management behaviours. Therefore prior to attending the course, delegates should:

If delegates wish to do further reading on some of the University’s latest initiatives, case studies and stories, they could access the latest Sustainability report (although this is not essential reading)

The session will be a plastic free course in line with the University’s #2023PlasticFree commitment.  Please bring your reusable cups/water bottles and KeepCups.

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