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Who we are

The Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE), directed by Dr Jane Davidson, was launched in January 2012, and has developed cross institutional activity in 2013 and 2014.

The University's Strategic Plan‌ makes the commitment of the University clear through key performance indicators to embed sustainability as a core principle across all aspects of the University.

The University has been working alongside other universities across the UK through the Higher Education Academy's Green Academy programme to embed sustainability within its core operations and culture.  Our ‘fit for the future’ framework aims to embed sustainable development through our curriculum, campus, community and culture.

Through INSPIRE we aim to:

  • develop curriculum-related delivery to ensure that our students are provided with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will equip them for their future contribution to the economy, community and environment;
  • develop our campuses to the highest standards of environmental performance
  • contribute to our communities by giving particular regard to issues of sustainable rural communities and the development of south west Wales as a low carbon region
  • develop a research and innovation capacity focused on the core strengths of the University

About Dr Jane Davidson, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE)

Jane Davidson

Dr Jane Davidson is Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for External Stakeholder Development and Engagement and Director of INSPIRE at the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David. Jane is also a member of Senior Directorate and the Senior Management Team of the University.

Formerly, she was Minister for Environment and Sustainability in Wales from 2007 to 2011 where she was responsible for the Welsh Government agreeing to make sustainable development  its central organising principle, the development of the 870 mile Wales coast path and the introduction of a charge on single use carrier bags.

Prior to that she was Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning where she introduced a new Foundation Phase for 3-7 year olds, the Welsh Baccalaureate and Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) into the Welsh curriculum.

Jane is passionate about the environment and resource effectiveness and has been given a number of accolades for her work. She was the third most influential environmentalist in the UK for the Independent on Sunday in 2009 and has been Resource magazine's no 1 and 2 in 2009 and 2010 for her work on waste which has seen Wales come from behind the rest of the UK to be the lead recycling country in Britain.

She holds honorary fellowships from CIW (Chartered Institute of Waste) and CIWEM (Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management) and is Patron of CIEEM (Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management) and TFSR (Tools for Self Reliance Cymru). She is a member of WWF's UK Council of Ambassadors, Vice-President of Ramblers' Cymru and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Glamorgan for her work.

Jane says:

"Sustainability needs to be at the heart of how we do business. We cannot continue to use more resources than our one planet can support."

P‌eter was previously Wales' Commissioner for Sustainable Futures and provided advice to the Welsh Government and leadership for sustainable development across Wales.

Peter is regularly involved with INSPIRE and is also a Professor of Practice at the University. The University awards the honorary title of Professor of Practice to individuals whose work or research closely aligns with its institutional aims.

Andy Middleton - Founder Director of TYF

Andy Middleton is an entrepreneur, innovator and consultant who co-founded, owns and directs TYF, one of the UK's leading sustainable adventure organisations. He is a Council Member of Natural Resources Wales (NRW), and co-founder of the Do Lectures with David Hieatt.

Andy spoke at our second Sustainability Exchange in Lampeter in November 2012.

Anna Jones - Executive Corporate Services Officer

As a graduate from the University of Plymouth, and with both business and management qualifications, Anna has held several positions within leading organisations in both the private and public sectors. This has enabled her to develop not only sector specific experience, but also valuable and transferable administrative, organisational and management skills within these changing sectors.  

As a highly-motivated and performance driven individual, she has a proven track record of providing exemplary levels of service which includes high quality policy advice to a broad range of audiences, excellent customer care and communication skills and experience of developing and contributing to environmentally sustainable projects and policies locally, regionally and nationally.  

Her skills also embrace budget management, research, data analysis, interpretation of official documents and guidance, liaising with various divisions internally and externally including Welsh Government and formulating reports and participating in group project meetings, consultations, etc. She is currently involved with the voluntary rollout of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act requirements within the University and supports the Executive with external engagement and sustainability.  Anna is a member of the Chartered Management Institute.