Sustainability policy

The University of Newcastle upon Tyne is one of the UK's leading research universities and providing higher education to over 15,000 students and employing around 4,000 staff.

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Newcastle University campus

The Sustainability Policy of the University addresses three key issues which encourage staff, students and local community to improve their quality of life in ways which simultaneously protect and enhance the earth's life support systems:

  • Social responsibility - recognising the rights and needs of staff, students and the wider community and promoting racial, sexual and inter-generational equality and access to education.
  • Promotion of economic progress - working with businesses in the North East and the wider economic community to encourage and maintain high and stable levels of employment and economic growth
  • Effective protection of the environment and prudent use of natural resources
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The research Beehive

The University is committed to making sustainable development an integral part of its curriculum, research, operations and outreach through:

  • Meeting and where appropriate exceeding all relevant UK, European and international legislative and regulatory requirements.
  • Seeking practical means of characterising, monitoring and minimising all aspects of its operations that result in adverse impacts on the environment. Such aspects will include emissions and discharges to air, water and land and use of natural resources.
  • Providing access to education, training and where appropriate facilities to our staff and students to raise awareness of sustainability issues and encourage energy efficiency, waste minimisation and recycling.
  • Where viable, minimising consumption of unsustainable raw materials and fuels through our purchasing and transport policies and influence our suppliers and contractors to ensure that goods and services meet acceptable environmental standards.
  • Managing buildings and grounds within the University in a manner that avoids adverse environmental impact and, wherever possible, enhances the natural environment and encourages bio-diversity.
  • Striving towards continuous improvement in all our activities while recognising that sustainable development is an on-going process.

Contact the EDC

For further details of the EDC's activities please get in touch with us through our contact page.

Commercial Research at Newcastle University

A full list of commercially available research facilities for Newcastle University can be found on the Services for Business web pages.

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Integrated Modelling for Strategic Planning

Strategic planning for sustainability requires complex systems to be modelled.

Because of this complexity, it is unrealistic to develop new and comprehensive models for each of the numerous possible situations likely to be encountered. Many models already exist ...

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Upcoming seminars

The EDC often hosts, arranges or is associated with a wide variety of seminars related to its activities.

These seminars (often in association with an engineering institute) are always open to students and staff at the university and often to the public.

Upcoming events will be listed on this website in the future. Please check back from time to time for updates.