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Our responsibilities

Our responsibilities

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to understanding and managing its impact on the environment.  The main priorities are:

  • The integration of environmental management into the University’s governance
  • The improvement of procedures for efficient use of resources
  • The establishment of management systems that will drive performance
  • The creation of a sustainable culture and ethos through staff, student and community engagemen

Read our Environment and Sustainability Management Policy 2018 and our Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2018 English published in February 2018 which is set to shape the organisation in best practise in environmental and sustainable excellence (Strategy is relative to the 2009/10 baseline figures in Wrexham Glyndwr University Carbon Management Plan)

Ethical University

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to ensuring we are an ethical university, improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of our stakeholders.  We ensure students and/or representatives are part of the decision making process through the universities various committee structures.  

The university has a publicly available Ethical Investment Policy 2018 and Biodiversity Action Plan

Living Wage

The University has made a commitment to implement the Welsh Government’s Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains which seeks for all public sector organisations and universities in Wales to commit to a range of ethical employment practices including considering paying all of their staff the Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage as a minimum; and encouraging their suppliers to do the same.

Wrexham Glyndwr University has committed to paying the Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage as a minimum to all of its staff and this will be implemented during the 18/19 academic year. The University will also ensure that as part of any contracted service arrangements, for example in providing cleaning, catering and security services, that at the point of re-tendering, contractors commit to also pay the Living Wage Foundations Living Wage.

A copy of the University’s Action plan to implement the 11 commitments within the Code of Practice pertinent to Universities can be read here Ethical employment in the supply chain initiative


Fossil Free Declaration

Most recently the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinefellar signed a Fossil Free Declaration highlighting the universities support to not invest in companies associated with fossil fuel.

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Student Responsibilities

Staff responsibilities

Staff who engage and have a main function for sustainability are outlined below.  The list is not exhaustive and further information can be obtained from the Safety, Health and Environmental Department.

Estates and Safety, Health and Environment

The university's Estates department manage and monitor the internal environment.  The Environmental and Sustainability Co-Ordinator is a specialist key role and integral to the successful function of the Sustainability Action Group.  The team develops and delivers the Carbon Management Plan (CMP) of the University and integrates energy efficiency and water conservation across all sites to support the delivery of core business objectives.  All aspects of sustainability is a standing item on the Safety, Health and Environment committee who report directly to the Vice Chancellors board.

In order to support the University’s core strategic themes, the Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2018 English will focus on the following key priorities:-

Priority 1 - Carbon Reduction

Priority 2 - Education for Environmental Sustainability

Priority 3 - Partnership and Engagement

Priority 4 - Environmental impact of the Estate

Priority 5 - Quality Assurance

The Facilities Manager has responsibility for the disposal and monitoring of general waste produced at the university and to comply with legislation.  They regularly implement and review the Waste Management service to ensure it supports and contributes to the improvement of environmental aims and objectives.

The SHE department is the drivers of environmental and sustainability projects and objectives benchmarking against similar organisations.  The team ensure that departments align strategic priorities for the university and that an environmental management system is achieved.

Individual departments are responsible for their own waste disposal, in accordance with current health, safety and environmental legislation.

All staff

Academic and Professional Service Departments are required to:

  • Reduce carbon emissions through working practices
  • Embed sustainable development and awareness into the curriculum
  • Manage and reduce waste generated
  • Reduce the universities impact on local, national and global travel demands
  • Preserve and enhance the natural habitats, local wildlife and biological diversity on university sites
  • Ensure that procurement is carried out in a socially responsible manner.

All new staff and students attend safety, health and environmental training within their first month of employment or fresher’s fortnight in September.  The information delivered is based around the environmental and sustainability responsibilities of staff and students at the university.

To read more about training click here

You can view our procurement policy here

Further Information can be obtained from energy&

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