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Staff and Student engagement

Staff and student
engagement

Staff and student engagement

Communications were issued throughout the year to staff and students via email and social media on subjects including UCA’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and our commitment to reaching Net Zero Carbon emissions by 2030, the BAFTA Albert educational partnership and sustainable travel.

In November 2021 prior to the COP26 International Conference on Climate Change UCA announced to students, staff and external stakeholders its commitment to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030. This commitment is focused on Scope 1 and 2 emissions.

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.

In August 2021, UCA Students' Union (UCASU) took part in the National Union of Students (NUS) Green Impact awards and achieved reaccreditation of their ‘Excellent’ ranking. The award is in recognition of UCASU’s achievements in sustainability.

In September 2021, the Sustainability Manager took part in the Fresher’s Week Fairs, distributing information and meeting with new students and delivered talks at each campus on UCA and Sustainability. 

In 2015 The Centre for Sustainable Design® (CfSD), part of UCA’s Business School for the Creative Industries, set up a collaboration with Transition Town Farnham to establish Farnham Repair Café (FRC). FRC is 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, FRC has attracted almost 4,000 visitors and achieved over 1,600 fully repaired products, diverting over three tonnes of products from disposal to landfill and reducing carbon emissions by 40 tonnes (Farnham Repair Cafe). During the course of its operation, twelve 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.