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We can’t wait to welcome our new and returning students from 19 October 2020. Your safety is our first priority.

Contacts and how to get involved

Meet the team

Here are the contact details of our Sustainability team (PDF 351KB)

Senior management

Various members of senior management have responsibility over sustainability at the University and we recently appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor Jeremy Till to lead the University’s response to the climate emergency.

Our Sustainability Advisory Panel brings together the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellor Jeremy Till, Director of Estates, Director of Finance, and the Associate Director of Sustainable Operations, and Associate Director of Communications to oversee sustainability at the university.  This panel approves, implements, monitors and advises on strategies and policies such as the Energy Policy, the Carbon Management Plan and the Sustainability Manifesto.

All in this together

The whole University community is key to the culture of sustainable development. Everyone is responsible for helping us achieve our environmental targets. You can read more about community contributions in the 'Staff and Student Engagement' section on this web page.

Get in touch

If you have an energy saving idea or would like to report an inefficiency such as lights left on or taps left running then please email r.r.smart@arts.ac.uk. Please provide as much information as possible: college, site, room/location, equipment type etc.

Other resources

Real change through our Sustainability Working Group

Through the Sustainability Working Group any staff or student can contribute to the development and progress of the  UAL Carbon Management Plan v8 2020 (PDF 1.4MB).

They also contribute to the sustainability strategy - the  UAL Sustainability Manifesto (2016 - 2022) (PDF 99KB). This group uses an action-research approach. This encourages members to design carbon reductions actions and ways to implement sustainability. The manifesto provides topics of discussion and suggests where to act. Members of the group decide what action to take.

An example of minutes from a previous meeting is in the Carbon Management plan and the Sustainability Staff and Student Engagement Strategy.

If you would like to join the Working Group please contact Ian by emailing i.lane@arts.ac.uk.

Events and campaigns

UAL always run a comprehensive programme of events in Green Week,. including beekeeping, a natural dye workshop and a plastic recycling workshop. There were also academic activities such as tips on researching sustainability. View photos from the week. This year we ran additional events in our student accommodation and university communal areas in conjunction with our waste and water providers, providing information on recycling and water consumption awareness.

Each year the University runs campaigns to promote environmental awareness among students and staff. One such annual campaign is ‘Useful or Beautiful’. This competition encourages a creative response to the challenge of recycling and reducing waste. Participants salvaged discarded materials from the University. They repurposed them into something useful, beautiful or both. The results were fantastic and you can view them in the gallery Other campaigns include ‘Cycle to Work Day’ and ‘World Environment Day’. UAL launched a campaign in Luxury Fashion and Sustainability. It was the world’s first online course in this topic, created alongside Kering (the global luxury group). It aims to strengthen sustainability education and sustainable practices in the luxury and fashion realms.

Encouraging Sustainability through our 'Sustainable Projects Fund'

'The Exchange' provides professional development and funding to support sustainability and sustainability literacy. Find out more and read examples of previous funded projects.

The 'Sustainable Projects Fund', run by the London College of Fashion, is available for student and staff led sustainability projects.

Projects must enhance sustainability on campus. Many projects are funded each year with £500 available for each project. Applications are open to all students, staff and to alumni up to 6 months after their graduation. In 2018, staff working on the Footwear and Accessories courses used the fund to buy Piñatex®. This material is made from pineapple plant leaves and is an alternative to leather and synthetic leather. The leaves are an otherwise waste product from the pineapple fruit industry. Students and staff gain experience of designing and using an innovative, sustainable material.

For details on how to apply please contact r.willatt@fashion.arts.ac.uk.

Staff have a Sustainability Budget 2018-19 (PDF 177KB). Read funding details of the UAL Carbon Management Plan v9 2020 (PDF 1.4MB).