Sustainability at Queen Mary University of London

QMUL is a Russel Group university with over 20,000 students and 4,000 members of staff. Although the Sustainability team is small, it is an integral part of the Estates and Facilities department. Key tasks include managing and reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, running student and staff engagement campaigns, enhancing sustainable transport infrastructure and biodiversity on campus.
 
The Sustainability Project Officer position is a hands-on role and leads on all aspects of sustainable transport, Fairtrade, biodiversity and sustainable catering. In addition, the position supports the management of events, engagement campaigns and energy management. 

The Partnership     

QMUL has worked with CHANGE AGENTS UK for a number of years now, recuruiting talented graduates with a passion for sustainability to build and develop the small and growing team. "The support offered from CHANGE AGENTS UK to the graduate recruits is fantastic as it provides support and training that I couldn’t get elsewhere.

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities of the Sustainability Projects Officer position have been to act as the lead on sustainable transport at the university which includes organising a number of events throughout the year and leading on cycle infrastructure capital projects. In addition, the role includes leading on the Fairtrade submission and events, bodiviersity projects, bid applications and award applications. 

Opportunity Benefits

There are a wide range of benefits of working at QMUL with the support of CHANGE AGENTS UK. In addition to carrying out online training courses in project management and assertive behaviour, for example, there has been ongoing support throughout the year with catch-up calls and skills development surveys, allowing reflection and progression at all times. 

The Results

QMUL have now installed over 160 new cycle spaces and 3 bike pumps on each site. In addition, they are working towards their 34% carbon reduction target in line with the carbon reduction strategy. 

“Sara has played an integral role in pushing the sustainability agenda at QMUL, proving her ability to work on a wide range of sustainability projects”
Kerry Horvath, Sustainability Manager - QMUL