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24th June 2024


Fringe Events

Why not come along to Winchester the day before the conference to join in the fun, and networking, and start the celebrations for EAUC’s 20th Anniversary early?

14:00 - 17:00

Climate Fresh Workshop

Played by over 1.6 million people worldwide, this playful & collaborative workshop will teach you the fundamental science behind climate change and empower you to take action. Explore how you can bring this workshop to your organisation at scale through the train-the-trainer model. This session will run from 14:00 to 17:00 at the conference venue. Book your free place by clicking here

15:00 - 17:00

Collaboration, betrayal & international ‘agreements’: the SDG Summit Game

This is an interactive negotiation and collaboration game to explore the SDG’s and their impact on a Global Scale. The game will run from 15:00 to 17:00 at the conference venue.   Learn more and book your place by clicking here

FROM 19:00

People Planet and a pint

No agenda, workshops or webinars. Just chat over some drinks.  This social event is open to everyone and gives you an opportunity to have a chat locally about all things sustainability with the residents of Winchester.  Join us from 19:00 at the County Arms near the conference venue.  The first arrivals will get a free drink, but this is limited! Please sign up here.

25th June 2024




Opening Remarks

  • Conference Hosts for Day 1 - Laurence Frewin, Principal and CEO, South Devon College and Co-Chair of the EAUC Board

  • Gavin Hunter, Chief Operating Officer, University of Winchester


Celebrating 20 Years and Introducing EAUC’s New Strategy


Key Note Address

Creativity, Engagement, Sustainability and Climate Change

Judy Ling WongHonorary president, Black Environment Network

Climate change, with its existential threat to humanity, has pushed sustainability onto the highest level of concern. Judy will talk about visualising an expanding contribution from the education sector to a sustainable future that demands local and global intervention. She asserts that change is the coming together of thinking, feeling and action, and will explore how we may move on various fronts combining the strength of knowledge, working principles and practical actions with the powerful driving forces of creativity and imagination to unlock contribution by everyone.



11:45 - 12:45

Sponsored by


Round Table - ‘Decarbonising University Estates’ 

We would like to extend an invitation to you to join a roundtable discussion hosted by ECD Architects on the topic of retrofitting university buildings. During this event, ECD will present their research on the recently completed 'Climate Neutral Estate' for the University of Strathclyde and discuss how the findings have gone on to influence other large scale strategic retrofit plans for clients such as the University of Edinburgh and various councils for their education and non-domestic estates.  Attendees will be encouraged to participate in the Q&A session, which will provide a collaborative experience for all participants.

 The project of focus; The Climate Neutral Estate,  involved a comprehensive review of the university's John Anderson Campus, encompassing EnerPHit retrofit studies for existing buildings, climate change risk and adaptation assessments of the wider site, and considerations around the suitability of their existing district heating network for expansion and conversion from gas to a renewable heat source. The goal of these efforts is to help the university achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.

This event presents an opportunity to explore the latest advancements in retrofitting university buildings and gain valuable insights into successful retrofitting initiatives. We look forward to welcoming you to this event and engaging with you in this collaborative and informative forum.

Round table contributors:

Rufus Logan, Executive Lead, Sustainability & Environmental Management, Estates Services, University of Strathclyde

James Traynor, Managing Director, ECD Architects

Alistair Cameron, Regional Director, ECD Architects

Stephen Clark, Director, WSP

Dean Drobot, Head of Energy & Utilities Management, University of Edinburgh

11:45 - 13:15


These simultaneous sessions will start with some real life examples of best practice and give delegates the opportunity to discuss how some of these might be put to work in their own institutions.

Whole Organisation Approaches

Creating pathways to Net Zero and sizing the costs

Breaking down silos and increasing awareness: Connecting ESD and green skills

People and nature sharing space: BNG and beyond

Engaging Senior Management

12:45 - 14:15

14:15 - 15:45



Smaller groups will run simultaneously and give you more discussion time, to learn from one another and discuss next steps in some of the key areas.

Positivity, Passion and Purpose

Coping with Complexity and Paradoxes in education/ESD

Mobilising the research and knowledge exchange community in sustainability

The Benefits and Challenges of ICT and Digital Innovation

Higher Education Institutions and the Circular Economy




Plenary Discussion Panel  - AI and the Future of Sustainability

AI is relatively new technology and with that comes new learning and new ways of working.  This panel will discuss some of the challenges to using this technology, looking at some good practice around its use and look at the opportunities it offers us to streamline and speed up the Sustainability journeys within education.




CLOSE DAY 1 & intro  Brithday celebrations




EAUC 20TH Birthday celebration dinner


26th June 2024






Morning Activity


Welcome to Day 2
Conference Host Day 2 - Professor Zoe Robinson, Professor of Sustainability in Higher Education; Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, Keele University and Co-Chair of the EAUC Board


Plenary – Risk and Adaptation

Our climate is changing, and no matter how quickly we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, some major effects are locked in. This will influence nearly every area of our institutions, from delivery of learning, teaching and research, to student recruitment, staff health & wellbeing, supply chains, insurance premiums and the profitability of investments.

Taking action doesn’t necessarily mean ‘reinventing the wheel’. Universities and colleges already have well established processes for managing risk – factoring in climate change simply means applying a different lens and set of expertise. This session will focus on risk registers and engaging with leadership teams to ensure the risks of climate change are embedded and remain a priority in organisational strategies now and into the future.


  • Charlotte Wood, Sustainability Manager, Nottingham Trent University

  • Clare Foyle, Head of Strategy Delivery Account Management, UCL

  • Begonia Pedreira-Regueira, Senior Climate Resilience Manager, Defence Infrastructure Organisation

  • Gavin Scott, Head of Sustainability, University of Nottingham


11:05 - 12:05

Sponsored by

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Decarbonising Our Sector: A Roundtable Discussion

Hosted by Salix, the administrators of the UK government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) and Low Carbon Skills Fund (LCSF), this roundtable will delve into the progress and challenges of decarbonisation within the higher and further education sector.

Drawing upon the insights of previous and current recipients of the PSDS grants, the discussion will focus on the experiences and specific hurdles faced by leading colleges and universities.


The conversation will then broaden to address overarching questions about our sector: What distinguishes us? How can we foster better collaboration? And what does the future hold for decarbonisation in higher education and further education.


Join us for an insightful dialogue aimed at driving sustainable change within our educational institutions.


  • Hayley Bristow-GrantProgramme Manager Universities and Colleges, Salix

  • Scott Keiler, Sustainability & Communications Manager, University for the Creative Arts

  • Paul SpencerCarbon Reduction Manager, Oxford Brookes University

  • Dave Roffey, Director of Projects and Sustainability, Bedford College Group

  • Riikka Vihriälä, Group Director Strategic Projects, New City College


11:05 - 12:35


Smaller groups will run simultaneously, giving you some excellent tools and examples to discuss and find out more about how to put new strategies into action.

Money, Money, Money- the powerful tool you aren’t using enough!

Responsible Procurement World Cafe

Beyond the classroom: ESD through collaboration and whole
institution approaches

Is Activism a Dirty Word?

12:00 - 13:30


13:30 - 15:00


These simultaneous sessions a combination of best practice and discussion will give groups the opportunity to input and to work towards some achievable outputs for their own organisations and the sector.

Affecting Systems Change

Bringing together institutions’ sustainability and EDI work

Building local partnerships to maximise place-based impact

Engaging Students

Reducing aviation emissions

15:00 - 15:30


15:30 -16:10

Closing Plenary

Keep Looking Up

Todd Smith, Campaigner, Activist and​ Co-Founder, Safe Landing

Todd’s father once told him to “always do a job you enjoy”, and so, at the age of five, Todd decided to become a pilot.  After years of studying and training, he spent three years flying across Europe as a pilot for a commercial airline. 

But in 2017, things started to change for him. Grounded for medical reasons, Todd noticed the impacts of climate change and mass tourism whilst also watching the rise of environmental activism globally. Wracked with feelings of guilt, shame and betrayal about his career choice and the lack of action from aviation industry leaders, Todd decided to turn in his pilot stripes and co-found aviation pressure group, Safe Landing, to fight for a just transition for the aviation industry. 

What spurred the change? In this inspirational closing session, hear Todd describe how he turned from a globe-trotting career pilot into a grounded climate leader who is helping to push the aviation industry in the right direction.

16:10 - 16:45




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