The Summer School in Sustainable Practice is an annual 2-week intensive course, aimed at providing students with a broad introduction to key concepts and ideas in the theory and practice of sustainability. During first week students attend two local fieldtrips and on the second week carry out group projects which can either be public information campaigns or citizen science projects on campus
The Essex BioBlitz is a citizen science project run in partnership by Dr Dave Clark (University of Essex) and the Essex Wildlife Trust, aiming to investigate how climate change is influencing wildflowers in the region. Specifically, the project will shed light on how flower phenology (the timing and duration of blooming) is changing in response to climatic change and extreme weather events, such as the record droughts experienced during the summer of 2022. Members of the public can contribute by submitting photos of wild plants in bloom via a free app, iNaturalist, which will then enable us to analyse peak flowering times of all the species observed throughout Essex.
We have a dedicated team, in a broad range of roles, contributing to sustainable development across our campuses. We are committed to the promotion of sustainability to a variety of stakeholders, to conserve the local environment for our students, staff, the wider community and our resident wildlife.