Sustainability: The Role of the Manager

Course Code

Course has already taken place


Claire Bastin

This course is suitable for all academic, professional and support staff
with management and/or leadership roles across the University. This
course will be essential for managers who are involved in delivering the
University vision and strategic aims, and therefore need to know how to
implement elements of the University’s Sustainability Strategy as
relevant to their own roles.

If this date is full, then please register on our waiting list by
emailing your details to

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 13:30 to 16:30

Max Places:

Pre-session requirements/links to online resources:

Delegates should complete the Sustainability in Practice on line module
(available via Minerva) and read the Sustainability Strategy
( before
attending. Throughout the session, issues will be explored through
relevant case studies, facilitated discussions and hands on activities.

Overall aim of course:
To assist leaders and managers in their development of a good knowledge
and understanding of sustainability and why it’s important to the
University of Leeds, the University Sustainability vision and Strategy,
core programmes, and implications for their own roles and work areas.

Main topics covered will be:

• Introductions
• Sustainability: what do we mean, and why does it matter? The
global to local view - UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
• Why is sustainability crucial to the University of Leeds?
• UoL’s approach: a leader in the sector
o The sustainability strategy and vision
o Progress to date
• The Sustainability Service
o Our role in the institution and approach
o Our approach to the SDGs
o Core programmes of work that you can get involved in:
§ Blueprint
§ Sustainability Architects, PIP, School Governors, Living Lab,
Sustainable Travel, Procurement, Plastics pledge, curriculum, amongst
o Resources
• Your role in sustainability
o Identifying material issues
o Challenges and opportunities
o Next steps and finding support
• Round up and direction of travel:
o The University as a civic institution – creating positive, wide
reaching local and international impacts:
§ Climate change strategy - mitigation and adaptation
§ The SDGs
§ Positive Partner to society, our role as a city anchor
§ Future directions for the University
o Course evaluation

By the end of the session delegates should:

• Understand what sustainability is and why it is important for the
• Be equipped with the skills to identify sustainability issues and
positive about how to address these issues.
• Know about the University’s Sustainability Strategy and our
innovative approaches to embedding sustainability.
• Be clear on how to access resources to support embedding
• Understand the implications of the strategy for their roles and
how these fit with wider university initiatives.
• Know about Blueprint, the role of Sustainability Architects and a
variety of other programmes that seek to engage and embed sustainability
throughout the institution.
• Know who to speak to about any ongoing issues they might have
around sustainability.
• Start to develop an action plan to achieve their own
sustainability goals and understand how this can contribute to the wider
strategy and programmes of work

The session will be a plastic free course in line with the University’s
#2023PlasticFree commitment. Please bring your reusable cups/water
bottles and KeepCups.

Claire Bastin first joined the University in 2008 in a teaching and
researching role in the Sustainability Research Institute. She moved to
the Sustainability Service as Sustainability Manager in October 2014 to
2017 where she managed projects under the Being a Positive Partner in
Society and Knowledge and Capacity Building strategic themes. She
currently works as a freelance sustainability consultant and lecturer in
Sustainability and Business.

Prior to joining the University Claire had a wide ranging career in
training & development and change management, including developing and
rolling out IT, Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability
programmes in public (e.g. Royal Mail, British Waterways, CWDC), private
(e.g. KPMG, COLT Telecom) and third sector organisations (e.g. The Big
Life Company).

Related courses (optional):

All other Management Essentials Workshops including:

• Managing Individual Performance
• Recruitment: Practical Interviewing Skills
• Work, Wellbeing and Health: The Role of the Manager
• Health & Safety: The Role of the Manager
• SRDS: Reviewer Training
• Equality and Inclusion: The Role of the Manager
• Introduction to Coaching for Managers