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Sustainability


We’re passionate that events and conferences can have maximum effect, with minimum impact on the environment. That’s why we’re dedicated to delivering responsible events for a sustainable future for us all.

As part of our commitment to sustainability, we’re currently working towards ISO 20121 accreditation – a voluntary international standard for sustainable event management, created by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). Through this, we’re learning how to better manage the associated social, economic and environmental impacts of events and conferences across our venues.

We’re also proud to be taking part in Green Impact, a programme that supports environmentally and socially sustainable practices within the workplace. As part of this, we’re constantly reviewing how we work and making improvements so that our day-to-day activities have a positive impact on people and the planet.

Doing our bit

Food and drink is produced with sustainability in mind, ensuring animal welfare, adopting ethical trading supply chain standards, and providing lower carbon vegetarian and vegan options.

You’ll always have the option to have catering using crockery and glassware. If plasticware is used, they are cleaned and reused multiple times.

Catering waste management goes on behind the scenes, with suppliers removing packaging to be recycled and zero-plastic sandwich packaging.

  • Food waste sent to anaerobic digestion to create energy
  • Coffee grounds recycled to create fuel logs
  • If used disposable plates and cutlery are biodegradable

The team will support you in to reduce the impact of your event.

  • Online maps and event guides
  • Alternatives offered to plastic lanyards, name badges and paper tickets
  • Digital signage

One of the benefits of holding your event on our busy campus is the infrastructure is already in place to support sustainable living.

  • Use of electric vehicles, with charging points across campus
  • Easy access to all venues via University station
  • Bike and e-scooter hire schemes for zero-emission travel between venues