A Culture of Sustainability

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David places sustainability at the centre of its operations, curriculum, campuses, communities and culture.

Throughout the year, the University’s Sustainability Delivery Team and Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) drive activities to educate and motivate students and staff to adopt behaviours that will have a positive impact on the University, the wider community and the global environment.

Example initiatives we have adopted to embed a culture of sustainability include:

  • We complete curriculum audits and develop the curriculum with due regard to the emerging sustainability agenda – A minimum of 15% sustainability content is required across all University courses.
  • Each department, school and the student’s union are required on an annual basis to submit a Sustainable Development Action Plan at the Sustainability Committee, chaired by the Director of Inspire. 
  • This is our fourth year participating in Green Impact, for which staff actively drive initiatives to embed sustainability throughout the workplace – with student auditors holding them to account. 
  • We actively participate in and promote green activities for students, including Blackout, Go Green Week and Fairtrade Fortnight. Find out more.
  • Staff and student inductions raise awareness of our sustainable values and advise on environmentally and ethically responsible behaviours. You can view our induction presentation here, Sustainability Induction

We are proud that the commitment of University of Wales Trinity Saint David to embed continual improvement and sustainable development in the core of the organisation has been recognised in the 2015 Green Gown Awards. The University took home three of these prestigious awards:

  • The Best Newcomer category was awarded to University of Wales Trinity Saint David for INSPIRE. Judges noted “strong institution-wide strands for sustainability, embedded at all levels of the University” and praised it for demonstrating a top-down, structured approach with clear goals and good results. Read more.
  • Dr Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE at UWTSD, received the Leadership Award, with Judge’s commenting that “Jane’s exemplary leadership demonstrates powerfully the role of a university as a catalyst for change and an ‘anchor’ institution impacting city/region and beyond.” Read more.
  • The Sustainability Champion Award went to Luci Attala, Anthropology Programme Director at University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Judges commended her “truly inspirational” work to inspire other academics to adopt sustainable teaching and learning techniques and to support student fundraising efforts for developing countries. Read more.

We are delighted to be finalists again in the Green Gown Awards 2017!

In the last few years alone, the University has developed from an organisation partially addressing environmental management to a national leader in sustainability, with ambitions to grow our reputation and continue the journey of sustainable development.

For the latest information on our sustainability initiatives see our Sustainability Direction of Travel document.

Further case studies related to the University’s sustainability initiatives are available here.