Manchester Met maintain certification to international environmental management standard

The university has recently maintained certification to the international environmental management standard ISO14001:2015 – demonstrating our commitment to managing and continually improving our environmental performance.

Back in February 2016 Manchester Met were the first university in the UK, possibly the world, to attain certification to the new and more challenging ISO standard.

The NQA, a leading global certification body, visited Manchester Met in March 2017 to conduct a ‘surveillance audit’ to assess the university’s continued compliance to the  ISO14001:2015 standard. A two-day audit involved two NQA auditors interviewing a range of staff from across the university and undertaking site visits and documentation audits to assess our legal compliance, and approach to continued improvement.

Paul Kingsmore, Director of Services and Chair of the University Environmental Strategy Board added, “We are delighted to have been re-certified to the ISO14001 standard. This reflects our determination to put sustainability at the heart of our university business. We are clearly demonstrating a continued effort to manage and reduce our adverse impacts, and to contribute towards sustainable development at the University, and further afield”.

Manchester Met has developed an innovative approach to its Environmental Management framework in Higher Education by incorporating sustainable development activities undertaken through the formal and informal curriculum and research, in addition to activities and impacts typically identified within an organisation’s Estates and Facilities functions, into its management framework.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was one of five key focus areas in this year’s surveillance audit where the NQA auditor interviewed colleagues from the Environment Team in the Estates Directorate, and the School of Environment, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The auditor gained an understanding of Manchester Met’s approach to embedding environmental sustainability and social responsibility into formal and informal learning, and professional development activities, research and partnerships, and effective communications – all through a university-wide ‘Learning for a Sustainable Future’ programme.

Other areas of focus included waste and recycling, sustainable buildings and estates strategy, transport and travel, and carbon and energy management.

Since gaining the ISO standard in 2016, the University has been working with the HE sector to support the implementation and transition of other universities to the newer standard through workshops, advisory services and organisational assessments.

Helena Tinker (Energy and Environment Systems Manager), responsible for the implementation and continued improvement of the ISO14001:2015 at Manchester Met said that “We are extremely pleased to have maintained our certification to the standard; I would like to thank everyone involved in improving our environmental sustainability performance over the last 12 months. The auditors were extremely impressed with our progress, acknowledging, in particular, our enthusiasm and passion for the agenda.”

You can find out more about the ISO 14001:2015 standard at Manchester Met.

Manchester Met maintain certification to international environmental management standard

Let’s get carbon literate

Manchester Met is becoming carbon literate with thanks to the Environment team and MetMUnch.

Climate change is widely regarded as one of the greatest challenges the world is currently facing. As a result, employers are increasingly realising the importance of employing graduates with an understanding of environmental and social issues in order to cope with future challenges.

Carbon Literacy Project, which originated in Manchester, offers everyone who works, lives or studies in the city and wider area, a day’s worth of Carbon Literacy learning. More than just small, personal changes, Carbon Literacy highlights the need for substantial change and encourages people to have a cascading effect on a much wider audience.

Following an Environment Team initiative, every student studying the Level 4 Nutrition in the 21st Century unit on BSc Nutritional Sciences has become fully carbon literate, with them gaining an understanding of the basic science behind climate change, what they can do to act on climate change, and strategies and skills for communicating action on climate change.

The students of MetMUnch have helped take one of the University’s key targets for sustainability into the classroom. The first cohort of undergraduate students to become fully trained will now become trainers for carbon literacy, passing on the knowledge to other students through future sessions, and gain invaluable employability skills in the process.

There has been some great feedback from the students involved.

“Ignorance may be bliss, but truth is essential. Once exposed to that truth, it becomes almost impossible to ignore. I have, along with my course mates, been granted knowledge and insight to the truth of how our climate is changing. It is both shocking, challenging  and already impacting how I live on a daily basis. Though I claimed to care about the environment before, I really was ignorant and not thinking twice about how I lived. This new lease of knowledge may sound like a burden, as it certainly isn’t easy to implement, but when something stirs in your heart for all the right reasons, it compels you to take action. To live with purpose and passion is the best way to live. The Carbon Literacy course has stirred passion within me and has added purpose to how I live. I believe if more people were educated on this subject, the more positive changes and community support we will see. What a privilege that my university, MMU, allowed my course to embark on this training. Now think what an incredible testimony it would be for the whole of MMU to complete this Carbon Literacy course. The knock-on effect the students could have both in their future workplace and community is exciting and empowering. May Manchester grow in becoming more sustainable, looking after our city and country, thinking about our future and the generations to come. The benefits are endless, but the timing is urgent.”

Nikita Star Watkinson, Nutritional Scientist Student.

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Let’s get carbon literate

save up to 42%* on a brand new bike

The Travel Team is pleased to confirm the Cycle2work scheme will be available again from 13th March 2017.

The Cycle2work scheme enables University employees to make savings of up to 42%* on a brand new bike and safety accessories for cycling to work by purchasing the bike tax-free.

In addition, Manchester Met has agreed a further 5% discount on the cost of bicycles purchased from any Halfords store or online shop, and a wide selection of independent retailers. Colleagues will also benefit from a 20% discount on cycle accessories for the life of the hire agreement.

How it works at Manchester Met

Colleagues can sign-up for the scheme from 13th March 2017 – 23rdApril 2017.

The Cycle2work scheme will allow colleagues to purchase bicycles and accessories to the value of £1,000, where the cost of the bike is recovered out of your gross salary.

Bicycles can be purchased directly from Halfords or from a wide selection of independent cycle retailers across Manchester and Cheshire. There is also a Cycle Republic Store located on London Road in Manchester City Centre where Letters of Collection can be redeemed.

How do I sign up?

Halfords administer the Cycle2work application process and details can be accessed by contacting Halfords directly.

To sign-up, visit and register with the employer code: MMUC2W

Please identify your chosen bike/accessories prior to submitting an application to determine the correct value of your Letter of Collection.

Find out more

Everything you will need to know is published on the Halfordswebsite, but in the event you are unable find the information, please contact the dedicated helpline (0345 504 6444) or the Manchester Met Travel Team:

Web: (including guidance on the step by step process)


Tel: 0161 247 2989

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*Savings as a result of Tax and National Insurance benefits when an employee hires a bike and safety accessories through the cycle2work scheme. Savings dependent upon circumstances of the employer and those of the employee. 42% saving can be made when any LoC is selected assuming the employer funds the scheme. Assumes 40% Tax Rate and 2% NIC Rate.

save up to 42%* on a brand new bike

Update on the first UK city wide coffee cup recycling trail

Over the last few months the Waste and Recycling team have been supporting ‘The first UK City wide coffee cup recycling trial’. Working in collaboration with a number of coffee shops, Manchester City Council and Hubbub to achieve a city recycling target of 20,000 coffee cups. Manchester Met have been provided with a number brightly coloured bins, which have been located in a few main areas of the Manchester campus for all staff and students to take up the city challenge.

Amanda Reid – The waste and recycling manager – Says ‘Manchester Met have recycled over 10,727 cups since the project began in November, with up to 100% contamination free collections in some bins. It is great that staff and students are so keen to use the cup recycling bins and importantly that the university can actively contribute to diverting waste from landfill and seeking alternative treatment such as recycling, keeping the value in the resources we have’

The trial has now finished and the Waste and Recycling Team are working with Facilities to assess the current service provision and infrastructure requirements needed to continue with the project. This will involve assessment of collection cost, environmental impact, available local treatment routes and practical serviceability on site.

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Images: Hubbub

Update on the first UK city wide coffee cup recycling trail


Our vision to become one of the most sustainable universities in the world. In 2016, Manchester Metropolitan became the first UK University to achieve the new ISO14001:2015 accreditation for environmental management, retained our top three position in the People and Planet University League for our environmental and ethical performance, and were awarded ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status for our implementation of electric vehicles. These are just some of the highlights from 2015-16, which are outlined in Manchester Met’s recent Environmental Sustainability Statement.

Back in 2014, the development of a new Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2014-2020 helped us identify our important environmental and social impacts, and importantly, what we could do limit our impacts, protect the environment, ensure we are able to mitigate against and adapt to climate change, and to positively contribute towards sustainable development at the university and beyond.

We have recently published our annual Environmental Sustainability Statement for 2015-16,which outlines the steps we have taken to progress towards the ambitious targets set in the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy. Here are some of the key highlights:

  • 23.5% reduction in carbon emissions since 2005-6 baseline year.
    Our energy consumption influences significantly our carbon emissions reduction, and so using energy efficiently, and consuming low carbon and renewable energy is essential.
  • 46.3% of our waste is now reused and recycled.
    This means that we are well on our way to achieving our 60% target by 2020 thanks to students and staff recycling on campus.
  • 60.6% of students say they are gaining the skills and knowledge to understand key global sustainability issues.
    Whilst at studying at university, our students can access and engage in activities, projects and research to understand sustainable development.
  • 48.0% of the university’s core fleet vehicles are electric or low-carbon emissions.
    Awarded the ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status in 2016, we are working to introduce more low emission and electric vehicles to meet our 75% target by 2020.
  • First UK University to achieve the ISO14001:2015 certification.
    An Environmental Management System which provides a framework to manage our impacts and continuously improve our environmental performance.
  • Top 3 University for environmental and ethical performance.
    Placed in the top three performing universities in the People and Planet Green League for four consecutive years.
  • Level 3 Flexible Framework achieved.
    This allows organisations to measure and monitor progress on sustainable procurement, we have met level three out of five.
  • 86.0% of students and 75.8% of staff think that Manchester Metropolitan is an environmentally sustainable university.

Read about a variety of sustainability initiatives and projects, and find out more about Manchester Met’s impacts in the  2015-16 Environmental Sustainability Statement.


Working together to support Fairtrade

Last week staff and students from across the university came together to show support for farmers during Fairtrade Fortnight. The theme this year was exploitation and we asked you to consider this while adding Fairtrade to our break!

There were a whole host of events over the fortnight organised by colleagues in the Environment Team, Marketing, Library, Catering and The Union. Fairtrade Breaks for all staff and students were held in Manchester and Cheshire offering free Fairtrade hot beverages and snacks while asking you to consider those who grow our produce.

In Cheshire a free film screening of Blood Diamond, which highlights a number of the issues linked to the theme of exploitation in supply chains was popular. On campus there was also Football and Netball matches with Fairtrade cotton t-shirts and balls stitched in Pakistan provide by Bala Sports. Winning teams received a Fairtrade Hampers provide by Peros our tea and coffee supplier.

Colleagues from the library in Crewe organised their annual competitions and book display for the fortnight. Over 100 students participated in their Fairtrade mugshot and t-shirt design competition with winners receiving Fairtrade goodies from their local Co-operative Food.

Our regular clothing and book exchange Pop Swap was held during the fortnight in the Holden Gallery with the aim to highlight exploitation in supply chains in the fashion industry. Over 40 participants got involved to swap pre-loved items for someone else’s.

Staff & students also got involved in a photo competition sharing images of their Fairtrade break and showing support for farmers across the globe, winners of the Fairtrade Hampers and entries can be found here.

We are still looking for contributions to our exhibition on the theme of exploitation and modern slavery, which will be held in the Link Gallery from the 2nd until 5th May. We are looking for existing or new work from staff and students more information here.

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Working together to support Fairtrade

Fairtrade Photo Competition

Thanks to all those who contributed to our Fairtrade photo competition sharing images of your Fairtrade break and showing support for Farmers across the globe.

The winners of Fairtrade Hampers provided by Peros suppliers of our Fairtrade tea and coffee can be seen below.

Leah Greene, Senior Lecture, Brooks.

Alice Green, Student, Science & Engineering.


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Fairtrade Photo Competition