Events &

During the COP26 conference UCA partnered with Surrey County Council which funded Coming Up for Air; a three-week public exhibition of work by our Fine Art students and staff at UCA Farnham. Students and staff were briefed to create work in response to climate change and sustainable travel. The exhibition and interviews with contributors were livestreamed at the COP26 conference in Glasgow on 10 November 2021. 

Green Fortnight 2023

During Green fortnight (13-20 March 2023) a wide variety of student and staff engagement activities were undertaken across all campuses. The focus was on local volunteering opportunities and how we can all make a difference to improve our environmental impact, benefit our health and well-being and enjoy ourselves at the same time. Activities included sustainable food choices in our cafeterias, encouraging safe active travel, growing our own food, learning about pollinators and beekeeping, volunteer tree and wildflower planting opportunities, learning about our new sensory garden in Canterbury and hearing from Greenpeace on the climate emergency and the importance of individual actions.

Since 2016, UCA students and staff have operated a stand and/or presented talks at the Farnham Sustainability Fayre, In 2023, the Sustainability Manager gave a presentation to members of the public on UCA’s sustainability programme and our focus on Net Zero 2030. In previous years UCA has showcased student art inspired by nature and constructed from found objects and recycled materials.

Farnham Repair Café (FRC)

In 2015 The Centre for Sustainable Design® (CfSD) set up a collaboration with Transition Town Farnham to establish Farnham Repair Café, a place where local people can seek advice and get free assistance from local volunteers to repair and extend the useful life of broken or faulty products, including electrical and mechanical products, furniture, clothing, textiles and bikes. Between January 2015 and October 2021, Farnham Repair Café has attracted over 4,000 visitors and achieved 1,600 fully repaired products, diverting over three tonnes of products from disposal to landfill. During the course of its operation over a dozen Farnham students and two UCA members of staff have regularly volunteered their time and expertise to assist with repairs and help run the Repair Café. In March 2016, FRC was featured in 

Case Study: UCA Student Films on Farnham Repair Cafe (FRC)

In 2015, Sven Mattes, second undergraduate on BA (Hons) Film Production completed a short film on FRC (Available to view on Youtube) with extracts featured on Brazilian television. In addition, between January-April 2016 a project was organised between the The Centre for Sustainable Design® and first year students on the BA (Hons) Media & Communications and BA (Hons) Media & Creative Writing courses to develop and produce two short films to help promote FRC to the local community - see:

More information on Farnham Repair Café and CfSD research on global Repair Cafés can be found on The Centre for Sustainable Design® website