Climate Commission Higher Education Hub

About the Climate Commission and the Higher Education Hub 

The Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Students and Leaders is a UK-wide initiative supporting colleges and universities in producing a clear, cohesive and consistent response to the Climate Emergency by the end of 2020. The Climate Commission is a partnership of Association of Colleges, EAUC, GuildHE and Universities UK. We are represented by institutional and student commissioners and supported by council members comprised of vice-chancellors, principals and students. Check out our ongoing work here.
The Commission works collaboratively with UK further and higher education institutions to produce a sector-wide response to the Climate Emergency. The Higher Education Hub acts as a space to more easily find university-specific information and news.

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Click here for more information on Higher Education representation on the Climate Commission 

Higher Education News 
  • Research Professional has published Commissioner Judith Petts' (Vice-Chancellor of University of Plymouth and UUK
  • representative) piece about how universities' responses to COVID-19 can inform how they tackle the climate crisis, in which she mentions the Climate Commission's work.
  • Commissioner Professor James Longhurst (Assistant Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of England) has published articles on the Commission and how the FHE sector can tackle the climate crisis. Read the articles here.
  • Professor James Longhurst spoke as a panelist on the UUKi seminar, "Is it possible to have a green international strategy?" At the event, Professor Longhurst represented the Commission and touched on topics that will be addressed by the Commission. 
  • The Climate Commission was mentioned in a blog post by Lucian J. Hudson (Chair of Earthwatch Europe) published on HEPI

Who is representing the Higher Education sector? 

Commissioners will provide direction and leadership to the Commission’s work, act as the visible face of the Commission and play a role in building engagement and consensus within the sectors involved. The Commissioners will work with a wider Council that will advise and support their work.
The Council will be made up of Students and Vice Chancellors or Principals from institutions that have agreed to be part of and contribute to the Commission. We seek to ensure this groups reflects sector diversity.  As well as being supported by the Council, the Commissioners will seek advice from Expert Witnesses, Sustainability Professionals and Observers to inform their activities.

The Higher Education sector is represented across these groups. 

Climate Commissioners
  • Professor James Longhurst, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of the West of England & EAUC Trustee
  • Professor Joy Carter CBE DL, Vice Chancellor, University of Winchester & GuildHE representative
  • Professor Judith Petts CBE, Vice Chancellor, University of Plymouth & UUK representative
  • Manveer Gill, Undergraduate, University of Warwick & EAUC representative
  • Florence Barrett, Undergraduate, Plymouth Marjon University, GuildHE representative
  • Marta Crispo, PhD Researcher, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Sheffield, UUK representative 

Steering Group 
  • Alex Bols, Deputy Chief Executive, GuildHE
  • Christopher Hale, Director of Policy, Universities UK 
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