Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College

Judged “outstanding” at its last Ofsted inspection (November 2007), Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College (WQEIC) is attempting to bring its sustainability profile to the same level.


Buildings date from the 1840s to 2001 and present diverse challenges to sustainable development and management. Local heating controls are universal; lighting controls are spreading. All boiler plant will have been renewed by October 1st.

In a new building currently under construction, most sustainability features have survived value-engineering. Heating and cooling by ground-source heat pump, night cooling and BMS-linked lighting, heating and ventilation controls are key to its credentials. An existing 2,700m2 1930s building is due for high-grade refurbishment next year. 


WQEIC’s 10-hectare campus is part of an important “green ribbon” within the city centre. Its bio-diversity is being further developed.

Student engagement

The College is funding a Sustainable Colleges Assistant next year (through StudentForce) whose main role will be to promote sustainability to students and to harness and focus student enthusiasm.

Main Contact Name: John Thawley, Vice-Principal (Estates & services)
Main Contact Email & Telephone: john@thawley.wqeic.ac.uk 
and 0116 223 1919
Further information/website: www.wqeic.ac.uk

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