Colour Hyde Park Community Mural Project

JOIN US AT OUR LAUNCH EVENT – 6-8PM, 25TH JULY, @CARDIGAN CENTRE

The Project

In January 2019 the University of Leeds partnered with a local artist, Emma Hardaker, and the people of Hyde Park to create a project to improve the appearance of the area and provide a legacy for the people of Hyde Park. The project was an inclusive event intended for all ages, cultures, genders, abilities, and beyond.

The project has been created to celebrate art in public places and use art as a tool to bring the community together. Through June 2019 we encouraged people to engage with the place they live, through workshops, events and live painting, creating a feeling of ownership and pride for Hyde Park residents.

The team feels passionately about working within communities and, for this project, we have worked closely with local residents, the Hyde Park Neighbourhood Forum, Brudenell Primary School, local councillors and local business owners from the project’s beginning.

Our artists, a mixture of current and past students, all have a connection with Hyde Park and hope to, through this project, leave a mark to celebrate the place and the people they love so much. The designs reflect the spirit and diversity of the community alongside the natural beauty of Woodhouse Moor.

The Murals
In February we ran an open design competition for four of the murals. We requested the designs reflect the natural beauty of the area and celebrate the diversity of the community. Our community panel, built from members representing the full community, helped us choose our four winners; Charlotte, Niall, Joy and Maya. The final two artists, Emma and Fem, are developing their designs through workshops with Brudenell Primary School. 

Workshops
Emma and Fem, two of our artists, are developing their mural designs through community workshops with schoolchildren at Brudenell Primary School. In these workshops they presented a little about what the project was and what they’ve done as an artist and then encouraged the children to consider what they like about Hyde Park and where they visit. In Emma’s workshop she brought a map of Hyde Park up on the screen and encouraged the children to point out the places they visited to then translate into shapes and images. Below are some of the paintings the children created in their groups. These shapes and designs will be incorporated into Emma’s mural design. Fem’s workshop saw the children celebrating the natural beauty of Hyde Park, drawing flowers and leaves that Fem collected around the neighbourhood.

Mural Map
To create a lasting legacy for the community, artists and everyone involved, we have created a Mural Map. This will feature all seven murals, alongside biographies from our incredible artists. This map will be launched at our launch event on July 26th at the Cardigan Centre, see you there!

This project has been made possible thanks to:

-The University of Leeds Sustainability Services
-Leeds Inspired
-The Inner North West Community Committee
-Leeds Beckett University

Rosanna Flett: Project leader

Emma Hardaker: Creative consultant

Special thanks to:
The Community Panel who worked together to select the competition winners. Brudenell Primary School teachers and children who assisted and attended the workshops. The landlords and business owners who kindly donated their walls for the artists to paint. For the student volunteers who assisted with consulting the community and priming the walls, and to all the artists who have done an incredible job of creating bespoke pieces for the area.

 

Sustainability Awards 2019

This year, the annual Sustainability Awards will be on Wednesday 12th June.  As well as celebrating the outstanding work being done by people across the University to make the campus more sustainable, we will also be looking back.  2019 is the 10-year anniversary of the Bike Hub, who keep the staff and students of Leeds travelling sustainably by offering bike hire, repairs and training (and plenty of biscuits!).  It has also been 10 years since we started employing student interns in the Sustainability Service, bringing fresh ideas and student opinions to the team.

The Vice Chancellor will be presenting awards for the four sustainability strategy themes – Embedding Sustainability through Collaboration, Building Knowledge and Capacity, Being a Positive Partner in Society and Making the Most of Resources.  There will also be a Sustainable Purchasing Award, and two student awards for curricular and non-curricular work.  The nominations for the awards are now closed.

After this, there will then be an entirely vegan, locally sourced (where possible) two course dinner .  Vegan wine and soft drink options will accompany what is always known to be a delicious meal, changing the perspectives of a vegan menu.

Finally, we will then be celebrating the first year of our new engagement programme, Blueprint. Launched in October 2018, this replaced the Green Impact programme, creating a bespoke sustainability action plan for individual Schools and Services.  This programme is proving to be very popular, having already reached a wider audience than we achieved with the Green Impact programme!

As always, the striking table decorations will be designed and supplied by the staff and children of Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre.

Nominations for the awards are now closed.

Living Lab

WHAT IS THE LIVING LAB

The Living Lab drives the University’s commitment to embedding sustainability through knowledge, engagement, collaboration and innovation. It brings together students, academic and operational staff to research and test sustainable solutions, enhance our curriculum and tackle global challenges at a local scale, using the University as a test bed.

Whether it is a research-led campus design adapting to climate change, trialling new sustainability initiatives, or integrating wellbeing and biodiversity, we encourage staff and students from all Schools and Services across the University to get involved with the Living Lab.

Read about our first year of activities Leeds Living Lab:_One year on’

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The Emperor’s New Clothes Conference: A Sustainable Future for Fashion & Textiles

The Emperor’s New Clothes is an annual event which brings together the fashion and textiles community to discuss the multifaceted challenge of sustainability. It provides a space to discover forward-thinking ideas and initiatives, forge new connections, and have a frank debate about the scale and pace of change in the industry.

This 2016 conference will take place on Thursday 8 September at the University of Leeds. We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker is Kate Fletcher, Professor of Sustainability, Design, Fashion at London College of Fashion.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Leverage Points’, which builds on the insights of influential systems thinker Donella Meadows. We are inviting speakers and delegates to consider the ambition, scale and impact of their work: where are the opportunities for maximum leverage in transforming the fashion system?

Scott’s Teach First Experience with Sustainability and Educational Engagement

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“Hi, my name is Scott and I’ve just finished a summer project for the Sustainability and Educational Engagement teams at the University of Leeds. (I’ve also never done a blog post before, so this could be “interesting”!) I was – until 3 weeks ago – a full-time teacher, and I was asked to look at the provision of University resources aimed at schoolchildren with the aim being to have students engage more with sustainability and improve sustainability literacy. I was keen to help improve outreach at Leeds, and to get to do so with sustainability being at the forefront (a topic that I’m very passionate about) seemed too perfect an opportunity to not apply for.

I spent my first couple of days really trying to nail down what it was that people expected of me, meeting with seemingly half the university staff on campus, and gathering data to use at a later date! It was agreed that I’d design “two or three” lessons for teachers to download, or to be delivered by University staff in workshops, as well as looking at where Educational Engagement and Sustainability overlapped, suggesting how best to market the new resources, and writing a report that brought all of that together. In just three weeks! I hope that the 29(!) lessons I’ve created, with associated resources (including a board game), will be enjoyed by students across the UK and beyond and help to spread the word of what sustainability is and how it’s interwoven into society.

My time here has been brief but very enjoyable. The team here were all very welcoming (and 25p coffee helped!) and were very happy to chat about the project (and other things), and now I’ve reached the end, I’m sad that I won’t get to engage with people who clearly have a love for the vision of Sustainability, and won’t get to learn about how sustainability isn’t just about the colour green, saving the trees, or the birds and the bees!

To conclude, I’d like to thank Louise and Claire for the opportunity, Josh and Amanda for always being friendly faces, Mike for showing me the work on biodiversity on campus, Kelly for sorting it all out and telling me about her work on food on campus, Dom and Eric for trialling lessons and giving me feedback, Pre and John for discussing outreach, Jenny and Steven for telling me about their work with transport, James for telling me about water conservation, Tilly for educating me about Snapchat(!), and Gina for telling me about the work already done aimed at disadvantaged students (who are close to my heart).

Enjoy what’s left of summer!”

Are we really green? Evidence using big data

The Leeds Institute for Data Analytics is pleased to announce the second installment of our new seminar series showcasing data analytics.

This event is being held in association with Sustainability Seminars at the Sustainability Research Institute.

For this event we welcome Professor William Young from the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds with an update on the CDRC Ethical and Sustainable Consumption driver project. We also welcome PhD student Miss Rachel Hollis who will discuss the role of data in encouraging individuals to make more environmentally friendly product choices.

Our main speaker will be Dr Anne Owens from the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds who will be discussing consumption-based approaches to measuring environmental impacts.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

15:15: Registration, LIDA reception, Level 11 Worsley Building

15:30: Prof. William Young – Update on the CDRC Ethical and Sustainable consumption driver project

15:45: Miss Rachel Hollis – Encouraging individuals to choose more environmentally friendly products – the role of data

16:00: Dr Anne Owen – Environmental Footprints: Consumption-based approaches to measuring environmental impacts

17:00: Refreshments and networking with drinks and nibbles.

18:00: Close

 

Sustainability Architects 2015/16

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Hello – I’m Amy, one of the four new Sustainability Architects here at the University of Leeds. My role as part of the Sustainability team is to encourage and promote student and community engagement with all things sustainable!

As part of this I hope to continue to develop the role of a “Sustainability Representative” within each school.  Their role would be to put sustainability on the agenda by integrating knowledge of it into teaching and assessments, promoting sustainable practice within their school and departmental society encouraging other students to get involved, share their ideas and help to develop new initiatives for both environmental and social sustainability.

Being from Leeds, I understand how important it is to integrate students with the local community. There is no better way of doing this than through sustainability! I aim to do this by promoting  volunteering and community engagement projects within the University and Union setting – bringing to the attention of students what is available for them to get involved in around Leeds.

I hope to create an environment where students feel they are able to get involved with sustainability and make a difference!

 

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Hey I’m Will, a second year Environmental Science student at the University of Leeds. I am planning to take a year out of University during my third year, hoping to gain more valuable experience in sustainable roles. As well as representing the sustainability service at events, I hope to increase student engagement in sustainable practices, particularly focusing my efforts on halls of residences and sport societies.

 

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Hi I’m Shara, I am currently studying my masters in Sustainability and Consultancy here at the University of Leeds. My undergraduate degree was in International Relations and my dissertation looked at environmental change and energy security in the European Union. After taking a break from University to work and travel, I started to look into sustainability in a wider context, which lead me back to higher education.

This year I hope to increase the range of individuals engaged in sustainability; moving it out of traditional circles and into mainstream discussions so it’s accessible for everyone.

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My name is Ileyas Mogeh and I am a student sustainability architect. I am currently on my second year of BA Politics. Being a sustainability architect is an exciting way to make a positive impact in your community. As an architect, you are able to do this through your area of interest, for example in my case this is democracy. This ensures that the role is enjoyable, whilst also challenging and developing your knowledge of sustainability within higher education . By August, I hope to have helped embedded sustainability in the student community through increased participation in democratic activities.

Staff Benefits

The University is supporting staff to make alternative choices with a variety of discounts and offers available for staff using public transport, car share and bike to work schemes.

Staff Bike Hire Scheme – now 3 month and 1 month options available!  Want a short term and affordable opportunity to try cycling? In addition to our regular hire offer (3 months, regular hybrid bike), The Bike Hub has launched a 1 month Try Cycling offer, allowing University of Leeds staff to try an electric, folding Brompton or a regular hybrid bike on a short term to give it a go. More information is found at:http://sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/sustainable-transport/bike-hire/

Cycle to Work Scheme: Interested in buying a brand new bike to travel to work? We operate a cycle to work scheme which enables you to save money, keep fit and avoid parking problems by hiring a brand new bicycle and safety equipment which you will own at the end of the payment term.

This is a salary sacrifice arrangement, you save tax and national insurance contributions on the cost of the bike and equipment. You can choose your bike and kit from the shop yourself and own it after the hire period. For more information about this scheme please contact: staffbenefits@leeds.ac.uk or 0113 343 3966.
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Cycling on University business: Did you know that 20p per mile can be claimed by staff for using your bike on University business? For further information please take a look at the following link. You can also find useful guidance about business travel here. When completing the University e-expense claim for bike mileage, there’s a drop down list at the bottom of the first page under the “Mileage” heading.
MCard: Interested in getting the train or bus to work? The University is part of the West Yorkshire Travel Plan Network and as part of that we can offer staff discounted travel passes. Get 12% off the cost of travelling on buses and trains in the West Yorkshire area. You can purchase the new annual smart enabled MCard and pay in equal monthly installments direct from your salary. For more information about costs, how and when to apply for a discounted MCard please visit the staff benefits pages.
Cityzap bus: Regularly travel from York to Leeds? Get a return ticket for £6! As part of the University travel planning work, we are looking at ways in which we can extend and improve transport offers and discounts for staff who live outside of the West Yorkshire region which is something that has been a theme in annual travel survey results feedback. We are excited to announce that all staff and students from the University and the NHS can now get a discounted return day ticket for £6 (normally £8.50) from York to Leeds on a new fast intercity bus service called Cityzap which uses GPS to avoid traffic to ensure the fastest route for each journey.
You just need to show your staff ID on the bus in order to get this offer and please visit their website more details on the locations of bus stops http://www.cityzap.co.uk. We are hopeful that this will lead to further more permanent discounts on bus services for staff that travel from Ripon, Harrogate and York areas.
Firstbus: Interested in getting a discounted bus pass? The University of Leeds is part of the Firstbus corporate travel group which means staff can get access to a 5% discount on monthly travel passes throughout either West Yorkshire or Leeds. All you need to do is ring up Firstbus quoting your payroll number to get your pass.  For more information about this including costs click here.
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Rail Loan Scheme: Looking to purchase a train season ticket? Look no further! As part of our commitment to lower car usage and to encourage the use of public transport the University offers interest free loans up to £3,000 for annual train season tickets. With an annual season ticket, you only pay for 40 weeks travel and get 12 weeks free between two chosen stations, any time, seven days a week. For information about terms and conditions and how to apply click here.
**If the cost of your ticket is more than £3,000 you can contact the Staff Benefits team to discuss this on either staffbenefits@leeds.ac.uk or 0113 343 3966**
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We are currently working on improving our staff travel benefits offer. If you have any suggestions on how we can develop it please get in touch with us to share your thoughts via transport@leeds.ac.uk. We are always looking for new ways to do things!

 

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