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NTU and NTSU win recognition for sustainability partnership

Nottingham Trent University’s commitment to sustainability and social responsibility has been recognised by the National Union of Students.

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Nottingham Trent University’s commitment to sustainability and social responsibility has been recognised by the National Union of Students.

A partnership between the University and Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU) has received the Responsible Futures accreditation from the NUS.

Responsible Futures is an NUS sustainability programme that supports partnerships between students’ unions and institutions to foster education for sustainable development.

NUS trained student reviewers to undertake a comprehensive audit in November 2016. NTU students Erwin Baragula (School of Social Sciences), Harry Bowden-Brown (Nottingham Business School) and Matthew Bursnell and David Robinson (School of Science and Technology) led the audit which has just resulted in the Responsible Futures Accreditation for the University-Union partnership in recognition of their achievements.

The auditors were impressed by the University-wide ‘Curriculum Refresh’ process which includes sustainability as a key area and by the support of NTU’s Green Academy team which in conjunction with NTSU is facilitating the embedding of sustainability and social responsibility across hundreds of courses in this review process.

NUS’ aim is to see students leave formal education with the knowledge, skills and attributes required to critically challenge the world around them and a desire and willingness to tackle social, economic and environmental issues and inequalities.

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of NTU said: “Nottingham Trent University continues to be one of the most sustainable universities in the world. As part of our curriculum refresh, every taught course at the University will include sustainability. We are therefore delighted with this accreditation which demonstrates the partnership between the University and the SU in ensuring sustainability is embedded across the institution.”

NTSU President Timi Oluwasanmi said: “I think this is a positive step towards shaping the mind of students to think about sustainability and how it applies to not only their education but to life after graduation.”

NUS Vice President (Society and Citizenship) Rob Young added: "60 per cent of students want to learn more about sustainability and Responsible Futures is making that happen. We need our graduates to meet the challenges of the century ahead of us, not to repeat the mistakes of the decades behind us. That's why I'm so thrilled that NTU and NTSU have been accredited with the Responsible Futures kite mark.”

  • Notes for editors

    Since its launch in 2014, 21 institutions have worked with their Students' Unions across the UK to take part in Responsible Futures, demonstrating their commitment to creating an environment for education for sustainable development to thrive.  (

    NTU has been recognised officially as the most sustainable university in the UK after once again claiming the top spot in 2016 in the prestigious People & Planet University League.

    Dr. Petra Molthan-Hill, leader of the Green Academy, was named Sustainability Professional of the Year at the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges’ annual Green Gown Awards in November 2016.  NTU also received a highly commended award for the Sustainable Food submission “You are what you eat” which was praised by the judges for its breadth.  The University also had a project shortlisted in the finals for both the Sustainable Built Environment and Sustainable Facilities categories.

    The Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) Index has awarded NTU a gold award for sustainability – making it the only university in the country to receive the honour.  The awards are presented to educational institutions that meet high sustainability standards set by the LiFE Index which is run by The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC).

    UI Green Metric 2016  - NTU is 9th in a league of some 500 Universities in the international Green Metric.

    NTU has been ranked as one of the most sustainable universities in the world. The UI Green Metric World University Ranking is an initiative of Universitas Indonesia. Universities from around the world are invited to take part, with over 500 institutions ranked in the 2016 survey.  Universities are scored against their infrastructure and performance relating to energy and climate change, waste, water, transport, and education.

    Nottingham Trent University’s five-year strategic plan “Creating the University of the Future” has five main ambitions: Creating Opportunity, Valuing Ideas, Enriching Society, Connecting Globally and Empowering People.

    The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015.  It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution’s world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, led to the prestigious award.

NTU and NTSU win recognition for sustainability partnership

Published on 18 January 2017
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