Well at this time of year, league tables come thick and fast. I’m not going to cite the one on studentbeans.com which ranks universities on the “activity” hem hem of their students.
Today sees the announcement of the latest Green league table from People and Planet, an area where we as a university make a significant commitment.
According to the Guardian:
Taking the No. 1 spot in this year’s People & Planet Green League is Manchester Met, which jumps from 10th place last year. Coming just half a point behind is Plymouth, in second place for the second year in a row. Plymouth scores full points for every policy measure apart from ethical investment. Greenwich, top last year, slips to 6th place, but is still just 3.5 points behind the leader. The most-improved is Sheffield University, which jumps 63 places to 56th. Its giant leap is largely thanks to a strong new sustainable food policy, increased environmental staff capacity and the introduction of ambitious carbon-reduction targets.
Staffordshire has risen 15 places to 16th in the table,which is excellent news.
Looking at the detailed results for our university, then the weakest area is in integration of sustainability issues into the curriculum. We can argue that we deal with this under global citizenship, as part of the Staffordshire Graduate attributes, but maybe we need to offer more guidance to staff and students on how this is embedded.