On Thursday the 14th of July 2016, the University of Worcester hosted the Midlands Sustainability Network for Further and Higher Education Institutions event. Around fifty individuals attended the event, not just from education institutions but from businesses and local authorities, to begin the process of engagement, collaboration and sharing ideas. The event was hosted at the University of Worcester, who also Chair the Network, and there was a wide range of speakers on hand to provide their expertise, insights and, above all, show their passion for the sector and sustainability. Universities that attended include the University of Worcester, Birmingham City University, and the University of Bristol.
The main aims of the event were:
- To introduce this new Network, its focus, partnership approach and membership.
- To provide case study examples of how education institutions have worked with and impacted on businesses in research related to sustainability.
- To develop and enhance leadership and skills both internally and across other sectors.
- To allow delegates to feed into the future priorities of the Network and to identify collaboration opportunities with fellow attendees and other sectors.
The workshop marked the launch of a new Midlands Sustainability Network for Further and Higher Education Institutions, this was run in partnership with the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), covering the West and East Midlands and Sustainability West Midlands. It focused on how Universities and Colleges can engage with businesses around the issue of sustainability and also bring together colleagues from FE/HE institutes across the region to make connections and to help shape the future direction of the network.
Next Meeting Thursday 29th June 2017 kindly hosted by Simon Pole at the University of Northampton. More information here