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-requisites/requirements/prior knowledge:

Please complete Sustainability in Practice – online training module
before attending. Available at

Optional: Environmental Management System training module available at

Any pre-work requirements/links to online resources:

Delegates should read the Sustainability Strategy
( and be
aware of the Annual Sustainability Report
( before attending.

Throughout the session, issues will be explored through relevant case
studies, facilitated discussions and hands on activities.

Overall aim of course:
This course will assist leaders and managers in their development of a
good knowledge and understanding of sustainability, the University
Sustainability Strategy and implications for their own roles and teams.

Intended outcomes and benefits from attending:
The session will support you to:

• Develop your understanding of what sustainability is, and why it
is important for you and for the University.
• Become equipped with the skills to identify sustainability issues
and solutions in work and wider contexts.
• Know about the University’s Sustainability Strategy, our approach
to managing our responsibilities and mitigating our impacts.
• Understand the implications of the Sustainability Strategy for
your own roles.
• Learn about how you can get involved and embed sustainability
into your work areas. At the end of the session, you will develop an
individual action plan so please also think about any aspects of your or
your team’s work that you would especially like to consider.
• Find out more about who to speak to about sustainability to
support you in implementing your action plan to achieve your own
sustainability goals.

Indicative content:

Topics covered will include:
• Sustainability - what do we mean and why is it important.
• The Sustainability Strategy – UoL’s approach to sustainability
and our progress to date.
• Sustainability initiatives and outcomes. Examples include
Blueprint, The Living Lab, Sustainability Architects, Positive Impact
• Implications for managers.
• Action planning and objective setting for sustainable outcomes in
your teams.

Learning and teaching methods:

The session is structured around facilitated discussions and ‘hands on’
activities. There are some short presentations for context and to give
examples of real world scenarios. Individual and group work will be
included in the session.

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