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Students and staff can get directly involved in helping the University achieve a better environment and improve sustainability by joining the University’s Green Impact, Student Switch Off or Blackout programmes.

Green Impact

Green Impact focuses on small tasks that any team of people working in schools and offices can complete to become more sustainable.

The teams' efforts are recognised with different levels of Green Impact awards that go from bronze to platinum. Student volunteers are also fundamental to help us audit and learn about the teams efforts and decide on which award they should receive.

To join contact environmental and sustainability manager, Martin Walton by emailing

Student Switch Off

Student Switch OffStudents in the Halls of Residence can join the Student Switch Off competition to help their hall become the best energy saving hall at the University.

The students living in the winning hall will receive prizes as well as all students participating in the several events that take place during the competition.


Blackout is a University campaign to raise awareness and tackle energy waste and carbon emissions. Take a look at what happened in 2018.

Every year, on a previously agreed Friday evening, students and staff join in Blackout teams and visit as many buildings in the University as possible. The Blackout teams check what equipment was left on and power it off where possible to avoid wasting energy. Afterwards, all teams gather again to report on the savings and celebrate in the after-party.

To get involved or learn more about it, contact or


If you would like to know more about these programmes or any other environmental programmes at the University, please contact the environmental and sustainability manager, Martin Walton, email for an informal chat.

Looking for ideas about energy saving at work or at home? 

Check out our top tips for energy saving page 

Looking for ideas to reduce how much waste you produce? 

Check out our waste prevention page


Page last updated on Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 4.33pm.


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