The College recognises how important it is for us to reduce our impact on the environment. There is both a climate and biodiversity crisis upon us and it is incumbent on us to act.
We recognise that the choices we collectively make will have an enduring effect on our carbon footprint, our biodiversity and on the people and communities that we interact with every day. It is important to us that we minimise our negative impacts and enhance the positive.
Through the work of the College’s Sustainability Committee, we will develop and monitor the success of our Strategy which will in turn be supported by our Action Plan. The actions that we set ourselves will include ambitious targets across our collegiate responsibilities.
We will work with our students and staff to raise awareness, share our goals and listen to the concerns and contributions of our wider community. We are supportive of the University’s broader sustainability targets and will strive to work towards them.
The Governing Body will review the Strategy annually and we will publish our progress against our commitments.
Univ is a member of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust.
From our Environment Reps
The College and its members have been making huge strides in improving sustainability at Univ, from reducing our carbon footprint to improving our biodiversity and social impact. It is clear from attending the Sustainability Committee that those behind it are passionate to push for practices we can all be proud of. We are pleased to be a part of a college that involves its student representatives in its discussions and gives us a say in making a social and ecological impact. We’re going in the right direction, and with everyone’s cooperation we can make a real difference here in Oxford.
Jacob Ridley and Will Hough (MCR and JCR Environment Representatives)
Committee Members and Records
Angela Unsworth – Domestic Bursar (Chair)
Joanne Lavender – PA to the Domestic Bursar (Sec)
Elizabeth Adams – College Librarian
Lila Arezes – Head of Conferencing and Events
Tim Auth – JCR Environment Student Rep
Justin Bowyer – Digital Communications Manager
James Bryson – Associate Prof of Mineralogy, Sollas Tutorial Fellow
Martha Cass – Senior Development Exec
Tim Croft – College Accountant
Huw Davies – College Buildings Manager
Paul Delany – IT Technical Manager
Robbie Eason – Head of Grounds Maintenance
Gideon Henderson – Prof of Earth Sciences
Will Hough – JCR Environment Student Rep
Darren Lomas – Executive Chef
Paul Moloney – Head Chef
Cameron Ott – Undergraduate Studies Officer
Shane Pledge – Accommodation and Housekeeping Manager
Jacob Ridley – MCR Environment Student Rep
Manuela Williams – PA to the Master
Species and habitat diversity have never before been so important on every scale than in today’s context as we try to manage the impact of climate change and global biodiversity loss. Sustaining and improving habitat and linking green corridors throughout North Oxford is a local and very real opportunity to help make a difference as we conserve our green space at Univ North.
Our planning application for the development required us to provide a baseline audit and biodiversity net gain management plan. The OCC requirement on us was to achieve a 10% improvement post construction compared with the baseline audit. Our ecological plan which was presented to the Council suggested a 16% improvement in habitat; however, we felt that 16% was the absolute minimum we should seek to achieve in habitat improvement, and that we should be able to make a real improvement in what is called linear gain – hedgerows. We have a partnership now with Future Nature, the ecological consultancy half of the Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. Their revised management plan for the site will help us to achieve the 20% they have asked for and we have committed to. We also committed to changing the diversity of the planting for all of our hedgerows to ensure they are “species rich”. We have already planted 100m or so of species rich hedgerow, full of native plants to support pollinators and to provide larval food sources. Small changes in the way we plant the site and how we manage it will have significant benefits for our wildlife. Future Nature will return to site periodically to ensure that we are on target to achieve what we have committed to. If we can, we will try hard to exceed the commitment. The baseline Audit and the Management Plan can be viewed below.
Explore this small selection of news items below or read all of our Sustainability news on our News and Features Hub.
Please note: This section will be edited over time to reflect available documents and their updates.
Read or download the following PDFs:
• Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust Membership Certificate
• Conference of Colleges – Sustainability Planning Framework
• Conference of Colleges – Biodiversity Audit Results 2021
• Eastwkye Dyke Botanical Survey
Have Your Say
We welcome feedback from across our extended Univ family and all are encouraged to make comments or suggestions for actions, small or large, which could improve sustainability at Univ. Current students and staff are invited to provide feedback using the form on our Intranet here.
Those without access to Univ’s Intranet are most welcome to send their comments or suggestions via email to email@example.com
All comments and suggestions will be presented to the Sustainability Committee at the next available opportunity.
We look forward to hearing your ideas.