In the sixth blog of this series, Communications Coordinator Sarah is back on the road and looking forward to lighter nights. Continue reading Cycling blog no. 6: new year, new bike
In the fifth blog of this series, Communications Coordinator Sarah has some bad luck with her bike. Continue reading Cycle blog no. 5: In which my bike gets stolen
Public lecture review by Joshua Stein, 4th year student in German and History Continue reading Enlightenment Lecture: Scientists change the world: why can’t they change their image?
Emma Dixon and Fanni Barocsi joined the department on work-based placements from the MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement course. Find out about the work they carried out on “Conflict Minerals”. Continue reading Work-based placements: Emma and Fanni investigate conflict minerals
Alexandra Starks reflects on her experience as an auditor for the Sustainability Awards at FloWave and the Institute for Academic Development.
Andrew Arnott, Lab Sustainability Coordinator, tells us about some of the innovative energy and resource saving projects happening in the University’s Chemistry laboratories, using the Sustainable Campus Fund.
Environmental economics PhD student Nazli Koseoglu reflects on her experience of attending Conservation stream of Beijing Forum held at the University of Peking, China between 4rd– 10th November.
Being one of the world’s leading universities, the University of Edinburgh attracts staff and students from all nationalities, possessing different backgrounds, skills and experiences. In turn, they share fresh ideas, making a great contribution to academic curriculum development, and help give everyone an opportunity to experience different cultures and broaden personal horizons. Therefore, the University “speaks” with its staff and students, and promotes a positive culture, where racism – in any form – is unacceptable.
In the fourth blog of this series, Communications Coordinator Sarah shares what it is like to ditch her bus pass and take up cycling to work.
Matthew Lawson, Programme Manager, reflects on attending the first meeting of a collaborative European-wide project looking to produce an open educational resource to promote social responsibility in universities.
Andrew Arnott, Lab Sustainability Coordinator, shares his reflections on the recent S-Lab conference at Nottingham University.
Sustainable Energy Engineering student Desen Kirli contacted us in May to ask about getting some work experience with the department as an Energy Efficiency Assistant. Find out how she got on.
In the third blog of this series, Communications Coordinator Sarah shares what it is like to ditch her bus pass and take up cycling to work. Continue reading Diary of a cycling commuter no. 3… in which bad things happen in threes
Ahead of the International Sustainable Campus Network conference, Michelle Brown (Head of Programmes) shares her thoughts on the Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2015, world leaders committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UN member states will be expected to use the SDGs to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. Continue reading The Sustainable Development Goals: a lens for Social Responsibility
How easy is it to travel for business without taking the plane? Joseph Farthing got an opportunity to test two different routes to Amsterdam and shares his personal thoughts on business travel without a flight.
For a University with international ambitions, it’s essential that we can collaborate on research projects and share knowledge and best practice with our peers in other countries. But the University has also, like every other higher and further education institution in Scotland, committed to cut its emissions.
In the second of a new series, Communications Coordinator Sarah shares what it is like to ditch her bus pass and take up cycling to work.
Programme Manager Matthew Lawson reflects on attending the EAUC’s 20th Annual Conference – hosted by the University of the West of England in May 2016.
Grazia Esposito is a Procurement Administrator at the University of Genoa. For a few days in April, she visited the University of Edinburgh under a Erasmus programme to learn about socially responsible and sustainable procurement.
In the first of a new series, Communications Coordinator Sarah shares her experience of ditching her bus pass to take up cycling to work.
Aster graduated in 2015 with an MSc in Environmental Sustainability. Find out how her dissertation project has turned into a research position with the Institute of Geography.
Aida and James joined us from the MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement course, and were tasked with collating research at the University specifically to do with climate change.
Research and Policy Manager Liz Cooper reflects on recent seminars and events at the University that focused on interdisciplinary research and teaching in sustainability.
A reuse and repair fair bringing together local social enterprises, businesses and charities helping the University to reduce its waste. Summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies.
Claire Martin, Projects Coordinator for Events and Student Engagement, reflects on how Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 was celebrated by both the University and the city. Continue reading Fairtrade Fortnight 2016
Programme Manager Matthew Lawson reflects on a very special lecture from John Robinson, Former Associate Provost of Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, which took place at the University of Edinburgh on the 4th March 2016.
Programme Manager Matthew Lawson reflects on the efforts by colleges and universities in Northern and Southern Ireland to group together to persue common environmental goals. Continue reading Promising progress at the EAUC Ireland regional group meeting
Andrew Arnott, our Labs Sustainability Coordinator, reflects on the S-Lab Scotland event on Monday 1st March Continue reading S-lab Scotland event: the Effective Laboratory
Monday 29th February – Sunday 13th March is Fairtrade Fortnight; Research and Policy Manager Liz Cooper reflects on what this means for The University of Edinburgh and how staff and students can get involved.
Over two days in December 2015, sixty-odd people gathered as part of a Social Responsibility and Sustainability Special Project Grant to discuss research around off-grid solar. This post reviews those discussions.
Eight academics at the University make their contribution to the climate change debate.
Research and Policy Manager Liz Cooper summarises the Learning for Sustainability Scotland AGM on Tuesday 8th December 2015.
Associate Chaplain Ali Newell reflects on recent interfaith efforts to highlight sustainability and equality for all within the context of the refugee crisis, Paris Attacks, and Scotland’s Climate March.
Graduates Célia Nyssens and Chris Palmer presented the student Carbon Railcard project at the Global University Climate Forum, running in Paris during COP21. Continue reading Alumni at COP21: Célia Nyssens and Chris Palmer at the Global University Climate Forum
Graduate Shona Rawlings reflects on her experience at COP21 as part of the 2050 Climate Group.
In the first of a series of blogs from Edinburgh alumni attending COP21 in Paris, 09/10 Carbon Management graduate Gautam Jindal reports on why he’s at the conference.
Continue reading Alumni at COP21: Keeping fingers crossed at the negotiations
With the festive season in full flow, 3rd year Social Anthropology student Zoe Anderson reflects on her internship at the One World Shop and why we should consider choosing fair trade products at Christmas.
Our Changing World Enlightenment lecture by Julia Marton Lefévre on 24th November 2015; summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies
Communications Facilitator Sarah Ford-Hutchinson reflects on attending her first sustainability conference in tertiary education – EAUC Scotland’s “A Shared Responsibility” conference – hosted by the University of Edinburgh in November 2015.
Our Changing World lecture by Dr Meriwether Wilson on 10th November 2015; summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies
Our Changing World lecture by Prof Peter Higgins and Prof Charles Hopkins on 3rd November 2015; summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies
Liz Cooper reports on the Ethical Trade and Human Rights Forum which took place in London on the 19th and 20th October 2015.
Our Changing World lecture by Andy Kerr on 27th October 2015; summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies
Our Changing World lecture by Prof. Stephen Hillier on 20th October 2015; summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies
Our Changing World lecture by Prof. Brian Walker on 13th October 2015; summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies
A summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies
Dave Robertson’s focus during this second lecture in the ‘Our Changing World’ series was on the importance and necessity of a huge advancement in healthcare data collection and analysis.
Andrew Arnott reports on the Annual S-lab conference that took place in Leeds in September 2015.
Have you noticed how the words ‘Fairtrade’, ‘local’ and ‘sustainably sourced’ are more and more common on food and drink labels? As a central part of our everyday life, economy and ecosystems, food can be a major lever for positive social and environmental impact, and the University of Edinburgh has considerable weight in the Scottish food chain.
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by Caro Overy, Engagement Manager
I met with Nik Whybrew, Operations Director for Assembly, to find out about how Assembly, one of the University of Edinburgh’s largest tenants during the August festivals, goes about addressing sustainability in its operations.