AUA Autumn Conference 2019 | Sustainability

Sustainability is the focus of this year’s Autumn Conference.  In a time of increasing challenge, sustainability is a subject of growing importance to the higher education sector and underpins key areas of university administration and management. These include the need to produce sustainable graduates ready for the modern workplace, our relationships with our local and regional communities through civic and public engagement, the financial sustainability of our institutions, and the importance of sustainable leadership as we position, and are required to re-position through relentless change. Ensuring we are individually, and as a sector, agile and resilient to respond, embedding sustainable initiatives and working practices rather than short term solutions is essential for our future success.

Join us at the Autumn Conference to add your voice to the discussion and share what sustainability means to you.

Autumn Conference 2019

26 November 2019 | 9:30 to 16:30 | The Queens Hotel, Leeds
Member: £230+ VAT | Non member: £295+VAT

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Keynote Sessions

Keynote Session One
Title: Creating a sustainable organisation; creating value for society.
This session will explore the importance of sustainability to individual universities and the role they play in society. It will draw on the experience of the University of Leeds approach to integrating sustainability across the whole institution.

Dr Louise Ellis

Director of Sustainability | University of Leeds

Louise is Director of Sustainability at the University of Leeds and leads on developing and delivering an integrated Sustainability Strategy across all University activity. Before taking up the role of Director of Sustainability, Louise held a lectureship within the School of Earth and Environment, where she specialised in organisational sustainability and the interface between business and policy. Prior to joining the University, Louise worked for Deloitte and Mott MacDonald, where she collaborated with a number of corporate clients on projects ranging from sustainability integration to developing new power stations.

Keynote Session Two
Title: Let’s make a sustainable planet: Marking a decade of inspiration, innovation and impact
Helena will provide an overview of MMU’s environmental sustainability journey, highlighting the successes and challenges they have faced along the way. She will then look ahead and consider what’s next for sustainability in the HE sector.

Helena Tinker
Head of Environmental Sustainability | Manchester Metropolitan University

Helena is an experienced environmental management professional with extensive expertise in environmental strategy and policy development and implementation, in both the private and public sector. She currently leads the Environmental Sustainability Team at Manchester Met University.  Through Helena’s leadership, they were the first UK University to achieve ISO 14001:2015 and were ranked number one in the 2017 People and Planet University league.  Helena is a Chartered Environmentalist.

About MMU

The University is a leading, award-winning university for sustainability. In 2014, the University launched its Environmental Strategy, which sets out its 2020 vision to embed sustainable development throughout the organisation.  In 2017, the University was ranked the greenest University in the People and Planet University League, which assesses all UK Universities on their environmental and ethical performance.