We wanted to see that the policy wasn't just sitting in a dusty desktop year after year and we needed to know that the policy meant something to staff, students and decision makers at the university. So to score 50% here, the policy needed to have been published within the last 5 years and demonstrate that it was reviewed regularly by someone sitting in a senior position at the university (because if the university is failing to uphold their policy, then someone should know about it ..... and be able to do something about it).
University of The West of Scotland scored: 50 / 50% for an active environmental policy
Next we looked at whether the policy was accompanied with a plan for action or Sustainability Strategy.
You can read it here: (if there isn't a link below then the university may not have had one)
The university could only score 50% if they had set SMART targets in all 8 of these key areas:
Construction & Refurbishment
Emissions & Discharges
Travel and Transport
University of The West of Scotland is working towards targets in the following areas:
Waste management, Transport, Sustainable Procurement, Water, Construction and Refurbishment, Community involvement and Biodiversity
University of The West of Scotland scored 50 / 50% for an action plan with targets.
35% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability
We looked at how well University of The West of Scotland resource their environmental policy.
We looked to see whether there was public evidence that environmental sustainability is included within the portfolio of responsibilities of a member of the university senior management team.
University of The West of Scotland scored 0/15% for senior responsibility for sustainability
University of The West of Scotland has 10880 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 3 sustainability staff
When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at University of The West of Scotland - we looked for the following info:
job title / role
specific area of sustainability
University of The West of Scotland scored 20/55% for employing contactable sustainability staff
People & Planet are keen to see that university sustainability budgets are not being cut at this crucial time for cutting carbon emissions and equipping students with sustainability education. We looked for evidence that staff were resourced with the finances needed to improve sustainability ..... this was a tricky thing to assess.
University of The West of Scotland scored 0/15% for providing a budget for sustainable development
It isn't just the job of sustainability staff ... the whole university community is key to the culture of sustainable development, and when properly supported, they can make all the difference!
We looked at whether the university supported a staff engagement scheme (like Eco-Champions or inter-departmental green team competitions) to engage all staff across the university in environmental and ethical practice through training, workshops and projects.
University of The West of Scotland scored 15/15% for supporting staff engagement with sustainability.
15% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems
We looked at how well University of The West of Scotland manages and audits its environmental performance and progress.
University of The West of Scotland is not accredited to an externally verified environmental management system (EMS) so we scored it according to it's own management systems as described on their website (or not). We looked for regular auditing in 8 key areas. The audits needed to have established a baseline (i.e. measured where progress was at in that moment in time), and to have been undertaken or updated in the last 5 years.
University of The West of Scotland scored 15/40% for auditing in the following areas:
Energy, Construction and refurbishment and Emissions and discharges
0% Section 4. Ethical Investment 2016
It's obviously no good being sustainable on campus if you're funding the university from unethical, unsustainable investments elsewhere.
gizmo:UL16:university] scored 0/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy
0/60% for extra effort in this area
0/10% for making progress on the policy's objectives
0/10% for providing opportunities for staff and students to engage with the policy
0/10% for making a public announcement that it won't invest in fossil fuels
When looking at our Fossil Free university campaign aims, here's University of The West of Scotland's own Fossil Free outlook:
Divested from all fossil fuels
Fossil Free Scorecard: University of The West of Scotland
Invested in fossil fuels.
That’s 3.0% of total endowment fund of £3,462,968
Data direct from FoI
(No research funding from fossil fuel industry.)
(No research funding into renewables industry since 2001.)
40% Section 5. Carbon Management
40%How well is University of The West of Scotland managing its carbon emissions?
0/25% for having a publicly available carbon management plan that meets set standards
5/5% for including scope 3 emissions within the university Carbon Management Plan
5/5% for reporting the university scope 3 emissions to the Higher Education Statistics Agency
0/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation
15/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions
15/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions
10% Section 6. Workers Rights
10%Is University of The West of Scotland behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?
0/20% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.
0/15% for being a Fairtrade status University
0/5% for using Fairtrade cotton for university staff uniforms
10/40% for improving workers rights in the university's ITC supply chain by working with Electronics Watch
0/20% for improving workers rights in another product category of the university supply chain
15% Section 7. Sustainable Food 2016
15%Is University of The West of Scotland using sustainable food?
0/10% for having a publicy available sustainable food policy meeting set standards
0/50% for continual improvement in sustainable food across university catering outlets and conference services
0/10% for specifying that contract caterers and supplies adhere to the requirements of the university sustainable food policy
0/5% for university food outlets with Marine Stewardship Council certification - ensuring traceability of sustainable fish all the way to your plate
0/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects
0/5% for providing free access to drinking water across the university and for highlighting where this can be found on the university website
15/15% for providing space or other resources for student and staff led growing schemes or sustainable food projects
80% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement
How well is University of The West of Scotland engaging its staff and students in sustainability?
60/60% for having a strategy in place for student and staff engagement that includes a framework to track progress against smart targets and for including the following engagement actions:
Oversight and involvement of students and staff in the development and ongoing monitoring of the university Carbon Management Plan.
Oversight and involvement of students and staff in the development and ongoing monitoring of the university environment or sustainability policy / plan / strategy.
Engagement opportunities for sustainability are a component of student induction processes.
University actively supports an annual Go Green Week or environment / sustainability week.
The university runs environmental sustainability campaigns that reach all students and staff.
Availability of university funds and / or resources /support for student or staff-led practical sustainability projects
10/10% for including sustainability policy in staff inductions
0/10% for engaging trade unions in its sustainability policy
0/10% for including student representation on setting sustainability policy
10/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.
10% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development
How well is University of The West of Scotland including sustainability in its education?
10/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)
0/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD
0/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD
0/10% for evidence of student coursework linked to sustainability projects to improve the environmental manegement of the university (often called the Living Lab)
0/10% for supporting or highlighting School, Faculty or Research team projects for Sustainability, including the pedgagogy of sustainability
0% Section 10. Energy Sources 2016
0%Where does University of The West of Scotland get its energy from?
0/45% for using combined heat and power (CHP) energy.
0/35% for generating its own electricity
0/20% for use of renewable electricity tariffs.
63% Section 11. Waste and Recycling
How does University of The West of Scotland perform on waste, as compared to other universities?
13/50% for recycling 32.66% of its waste.
50/50% for waste mass per head compared to the rest of the sector.
65% Section 12. Carbon Reduction
How well is University of The West of Scotland managing to reduce its carbon emissions?
40/50% for carbon intensity change since the last University League.
25/50% for achieving a 20.99% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.
50% Section 13. Water Reduction
50%How responsibly is University of The West of Scotland using water?
50/67% for its use of water per head compared to other universities