Our policy on sustainability aims to balance social, financial and environmental concerns. Its three elements are:
(a) ensuring that the community clearly benefits from our activities
(b) ensuring financial viability by maintaining surpluses and cash flow
(c) taking proactive measures to minimise environmental impacts and, wherever possible, enhance the environment
As a leading employer and strategic partner, the University plays a significant role in the life of the city and region. We will continue to deepen our roots in the community, recognising that the support we receive depends substantially on being successful in our core activities of research and teaching.
We will be rigorous, informed and watchful in our financial decision-making to ensure the University’s viability. The ‘better management’ project, with its emphasis on departmental autonomy and accountability, will contribute to our financial security. We will continue to apply appropriate risk-management methods.
With regard to the environment, we will minimise and recycle waste, increase biodiversity, promote energy efficient transport, and manage carbon output effectively.
To develop a sustainable University we will:
(a) promote integrated planning of our finances and human resources at all levels
(b) adopt an integrated approach to marketing to ensure sustained demand for our teaching and research offerings
(c) develop clear and positive strategies based on a mutually supportive relationship between the University and the local and regional community
(d) undertake and act on regular assessments of our environmental impact