Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE)

A Sustainable Future at University of Wales Trinity Saint David


INSPIRE in partnership with ASLE-UKI is pleased to announce its public lecture competition winner for the third year running, and the winner of the competition for this year, Hayden Gabriel was invited to deliver her submission as "The 2015 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability" at the 2015 Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts (Hay-on-Wye, 28th May 2015).  

Once again, this competition has invited submissions that explore how literature, in any of its forms, responds to and is shaped by our contact with other creatures in the context of debates around sustainability. Entrants submitted the text of a half-hour public lecture, which is both scholarly and accessible to an audience ranging from interested lay-people to professional literary critics and sustainability practitioners.

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The first Guardian HE award winner in its sustainability category in 2013

As part of our 'fit for future’ framework, the award winning INSPIRE - the first Guardian HE award winner in its sustainability category in 2013 - embeds sustainability through the learning, teaching, curricula, campus, community and culture of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to ensure that future graduates are globally aware and responsible citizens in the 21st century.


University of Wales Trinity Saint David ranked 1st in Wales and 8th in the UK for Environmental Performance

University League 1st award Class

‌UWTSD has won a First Class Award and has been ranked 8th out of 151 universities across the UK and 1st in Wales in the People & Planet University League 2015 – the UK's only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities.

This is a huge improvement in terms of rankings for UWTSD, with the University seeing a dramatic rise from its 113th position in the 2013 League to 8th in 2015. UWTSD has also been ranked the top green University in Wales, moving from 3rd place to 1st.

The People & Planet University League, an annual ranking by the national student campaign group, assesses the environmental and ethical performance of all universities, awarding First Class 'degrees' to the greenest and Fail to those doing the least to address their environmental and social impacts. UWTSD is one of 30 universities to achieve a ‘First’ in the 2015 league.

At the end of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2004-14) 44% of all UK universities now demonstrate a high level commitment to integrate education for sustainability across the curriculum. The universities ranked show a 3.4% carbon reduction against last year's emissions.

To find out more about UWTSD’s commitment to sustainability and to take a look at some case studies and comments


Guardian Awards

We have put sustainability at the core of our delivery and have been working alongside other universities across the UK through the Higher Education Academy's Green Academy. 

University of Wales Trinity Saint David Case Study;

Green Academy Evaluation Case Studies;

From Strategy to Implementation: the Second Evaluation of the Green Academy Programme

Below you will see VocalEyes in action; our tool for engagement on sustainability and other issues across the University.

Find out more about what we're doing...