Upcoming Events – Summer Term

This term there are a number of opportunities to engage with sustainability. These all through our sustainability engagement programme Big Impact.

There are opportunities specifically for students; however, the majority are open to all, from staff, students to local community members.

Below you will find opportunities from gardening to swishing.


13 April. Lead by Hulme Community Garden Centre. This session is for students only.


20 April. Lead by Hulme Community Garden Centre. Open to all.


21 April.  Celebration for our Environmental Management Standard certification.


10 May. Exchange old for new and support local charities through our termly swish.


11 May. Lead by Hulme Community Garden Centre. This session is for students only.


26 May. Just Eat It is a documentary exploring the subject of food waste, an issue becoming increasingly important in the UK, as well as in other nations.


8 June. We will be harvesting our lovely plums and cherries, pruning, weeding and installing maggot traps.


15 June. Lead by Hulme Community Garden Centre. This session is for students only.


15 June. Oxford Road Corridor’s annual cycle event hosted by Manchester Met.


15 June. Come along to help us revamp & plant up the garden areas in John Dalton, ready for summer.


12 July. With the guidance of Hulme Community Garden Centre, we will be doing some general maintenance of the John Dalton garden, raised-planters and harvesting some of the edible produce.

Check out all our events over the year at www.mmu.ac.uk/bigimpact/events

Upcoming Events – Summer Term


On April 5th and 6th 2016 colleagues from across the UK will gather at Manchester Met to attend the Symposium on Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the UK

Organisers include: 

The aims of the “Symposium on Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom” are as follows:

  1. to provide researchers at UK universities performing research on issues pertaining sustainable development with an opportunity to display and present their works (i.e. curriculum innovation, empirical work, activities, case studies practical projects);
  2. to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of research projects, especially successful initiatives and good practice;
  3. to discuss methodological approaches and projects which aim to offer a better understanding of sustainable development across society and economic sectors and;
  4. to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for further cooperation.

Last but not least, a further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences on sustainable development research in the UK today. To this purpose, a peer-reviewed book titled “Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom” will be published, with all accepted papers. This will be part of the award-winning “World Sustainability Series”, published by Springer, one of the world´s top five scientific publishers.

Delegates attending the “Symposium on Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom” will come from a cross-sectoral range of areas. These are:

  • teaching staff
  • research staff;
  • student groups;
  • members of university administrations;
  • project officers and consultants;
  • other people interested in the field.

If you have any questions regarding the symposium please contact Richard Hammersley, Manchester Metropolitan University, School of Science and the Environment. Email: R.Hammersley@mmu.ac.uk





Help create our community woodland

We have a great opportunity available to staff to work with our friends at Hulme Community Garden Centre creating our Community Woodland.

Two areas of useable woodland are being developed on our Birley site in Hulme. The areas are on either side of the site on Old Birley Street, the larger near the crossroads and the other next to our Orchard.

Our aim is to create and open educational resources for all to enjoy as well as a space to reconnect with nature, which could potentially provide health-giving wild foods and medicines for foraging. This also works with our commitment to creating areas, which enhance biodiversity and provide a sanctuary for wildlife.

We are offering teams the opportunity to join one of our afternoon sessions working together to clear, plant and maintain these ecological diverse areas. This is a great opportunity for teams or departments looking for team building and away day activities. With the guidance of colleagues at the HCGC you will learn about wild food plants, basic planting skills and local wildlife gardening whilst reconnecting with nature and meeting new people. We are also looking for individuals or teams who have experience in building outdoor seating for the area.

Session will be take place on Wednesdays from 1.30 – 3.30pm continuing from 20th April. If you are interested in taking part, please contact bigimpact@mmu.ac.uk.

Progress of Birley Community Woodland, Hulme.
Help create our community woodland

Annual Environmental Sustainability Statement 2014-15

As part of our vision to become one of the most environmentally sustainable universities in the world, we have set ourselves some ambitious targets. At Manchester Met, we place environmental sustainability alongside graduate employability as a key priority and just as with graduate employability, we report on our progress each year in our annual statement.

Our Annual Environmental Sustainability Statement reports on the University’s progress towards our strategic aims and objectives as set out in our Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2014-2020. This includes our performance in reducing our emissions and discharges to the environment, reporting on our carbon reduction targets.

The document also highlights our key achievements including our position in the ‘People and Planet University League’ and achievement of environmental management standards including EcoCampus Gold. Our case studies will provide you with detailed information about some of the projects that have taken place on campus including some of the engagement and education work we do.


Paul Kingsmore, Director of Services said of our achievements: “We are extremely proud of our achievements and are committed to continuous improvements towards embedding Environmental Sustainability into University business.”

Our full Annual Environmental Sustainability Statement is available to view online at Publitas. You can find digital versions of our policy, strategy, annual statement and sign up to receive our monthly news at www.mmu.ac.uk/environment

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Annual Environmental Sustainability Statement 2014-15

Celebration of our ISO 14001:2015 certification

Manchester Met is the first UK University to achieve the revised and more challenging international Environmental Management System, ISO 14001:2015 standard.  To celebrate this achievement we would like to invite all Manchester Met staff to join us at a networking event.

Come along, network with colleagues, and find out about local and citywide sustainability projects. You can also find out about Manchester: A Certain Future, Manchester City’s climate change action plan. The following guest speakers will be welcomed:-

  • Paul Kingsmore, Manchester Metropolitan University, Director of Services,
  • Kate Chappell, in her capacity as Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for the Environment,
  • Dr John Hindley, Manchester Metropolitan University, Assistant Director Estates Management & Sustainability.

Please join us on Thursday, 21st April 2016 from 3.30 to 5pm at the Business School South Atrium to celebrate this exciting achievement, and to thank all those involved for their hard work and commitment. All this over light refreshments and buffet.

 Please register your attendance on http://isocelebrations.eventbrite.co.uk

About ISO14001:2015

The standard sets out the framework for effective environmental management systems that focus on meeting compliance obligations and enhancing environmental performance and places greater emphasis on how organisations integrate environmental performance into governance, management and operational processes.

Manchester Met’s certification recognises the university’s leadership in embedding environmental performance into the culture and fabric and of the institution and its curriculum. This fantastic collective result demonstrates a clear commitment to managing and improving Manchester Met’s environmental performance.

Celebration of our ISO 14001:2015 certification



Since 2007 Manchester Met have been committed to a campaign to be recognised as a Fairtrade University.

To continue being recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation, the University must meet their five goals in order for the Fairtrade status to be renewed. This renewal happens every two years and each time we aim to improve on the previous renewal.

We are pleased to announce that the University has gained Fairtrade University status for 2016-17.

As well as stocking products, having a policy statement and steering group we must also organise campaigns, which we do every Fairtrade Fortnight. Each year, teams across the university come together to organise activities to promote the positive impact of Fairtrade on producers and communities.

This year saw the Environment Team and Food & Drink host a Big Fairtrade Breakfast, which coincided with the monthly cyclist breakfast which saw over 80 cyclists from the Corridor join our staff and students for breakfast in the Business School.

MetMUnch launched their first ever Breakfast Club at the event. Their campaign is to make sure staff and students at Manchester Met eat breakfast every day. Students prepared a wide selection of healthy breakfast samples to give away all made using Fairtrade ingredients. Staff and students stopped by to try the samples, answer questions on Fairtrade, and discuss their breakfast habits with MetMUnch’s undergraduate nutritionists.

Sport held their annual ‘Staff vs Student’ football match in Crewe played with a Bala Sport Fairtrade football. Half-time snacks were provided by Food & Drink and the winning team shared a hamper put together by the Environment Team – all products Fairtrade of course. The match ended with a score of 9 – 3 to the students.  Well done to all involved.

Other events included Crewe Library’s Fairtrade Competition and Marketing, Communication and Development’s Fairtrade Bake Off.

On Manchester Met’s efforts, the Fairtrade Foundation said: “You have done extremely well! An incredible amount of energy invested here into the various campaigns that you have run. Each of these events contribute a huge amount to the goal of growing Fairtrade awareness within the wider community and the University itself.”

Thank you to all those who continue to promote Fairtrade at Manchester Met and contribute to us gaining Fairtrade status each year.




MANCHESTER Met are the first UK University to achieve the newly revised and more challenging international Environmental Management System (EMS) standard- ISO14001:2015, demonstrating a clear commitment to managing and improving our environmental performance.

Over the last three years, the EMS has been implemented using the phased approach of the EcoCampus scheme, which has provided a structured approach for the University to work towards the ISO standard.

Alex Hobbins, Project Manager for EcoCampus, said: “We are extremely pleased with the progress that Manchester Met has made through the EcoCampus Scheme. Having achieved certification to the new ISO14001 standard indicates that the EMS is fully embedded across the University, demonstrating the commitment to improve environmental performance.”

A  three-day external audit, involved two auditors from the global certification company NQA interviewing a wide range of staff, reviewing our Environmental  Policy, Strategy undertaking a number of site visits,  and  checking our environmental procedures and legal compliance.

Manchester Met has developed an innovative approach to sustainability in HE, covering both the physical estate of the University and also integrating sustainability into teaching and research.

Richard Walsh, Lead Assessor from the NQA Audit Team, said: “It is very clear that the University at all levels takes its commitment to environment management fully on board and with the very strong leadership demonstrated by the senior management team has put itself at the forefront of sustainable development in the higher education sector.”

Paul Kingsmore, Director of Services and Chair of the University’s Environmental Stratgey Board, said: “Being the first University to achieve the ISO14001:2015 standard is a great achievement, and demonstrates our continued commitment to place environmental sustainability firmly at the heart of our strategic leadership and business operations.”

Helena Tinker, Environment and Energy Systems Manager, said: “We are extremely proud to be the first University to achieve the revised standard. The auditors praised our proactive actions and our approach to embedding environmental sustainability into our organisation. Achieving the revised more challenging standard is credit to the hard-work of everyone involved across the University.”

Changes to the standard

ISO14001 is one of ISO’s most widely used standards and was revised in order to keep it current and relevant for the marketplace. The newly revised standard (ISO14001:2015) is designed to respond to latest trends and ensure it is compatible with other management system standards.

The key changes relate to increased prominence of environmental management within the organisation’s strategic planning processes, greater focus on leadership and the addition of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, such as sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation.

How we fared

We were commended as having a very successful audit, particularly, our compliance with the requirements of the new  criteria in the standard, the evident strength of commitment and engagement across the whole organisation,  strong leadership, and our proactive actions and initiatives across the whole organisation.

Manchester Met has demonstrated that we have an effective ‘systematic and process driven approach’– meaning that we can demonstrate how we control aspects of University business that have or could potentially have a significant impact on the environment. The ISO14001 standard is founded on the principal of continuous improvement and the Deming Cycle to ‘plan, do, check, and act’.