To be the change we wish to see, we must be authentic and demonstrate corporate social responsibility here at our university. Sustainability is embedded within all our campus operations and is central to our thinking.
In recognition of our commitment to sustainability, the University of Brighton is ranked within the top third of all UK universities and higher education institutions participating in the People & Planet University League. We have also been awarded Ecocampus Gold Certification in recognition of our management of environmental issues. Our work here includes:
- A net zero campus strategy that addresses the climate and ecological emergency in our buildings by cutting carbon emissions, making student halls and educational buildings affordable, comfortable and efficient.
- Affordable, sustainable active transport solutions to make walking, cycling and public transport a better, healthier choice than the car.
- Ethical investment policies that avoid funding harmful industries and support human rights.
- Focus on healthy, lower-carbon, low waste menu choices. This also enables us to maximise reuse and recycling of vending and packaging materials.
Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of all our activities.
The university was awarded a silver Athena Swan award in 2021 demonstrating our progress and impact in embedding gender equality across the institution. In 2019, we achieved a Race Equality Charter Bronze award, and are committed to improving representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students. We are a proud Stonewall Diversity Champion, a programme which supports and promotes fair practice in relation to the employment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff, reaffirming our commitment to equality for LGBT+ staff and students. We are a Disability Confident employer, which is a government scheme designed to support disability equality in staff recruitment and retention practices.
Additionally, the university has signed the non-disclosure agreement pledge from Can’t Buy My Silence, which is a campaign aimed at ending the misuse of non-disclosure agreements for those who experience sexual violence, harassment, or abuse.