Today’s declaration recognises the considerable impact the University has on the environment and the need to take decisive action in response to climate change.
The University is asking staff and students to help develop a Climate Action Plan. A consultation, to be launched in January, will ask all sections of the University’s community to help find ways to go "further, faster" in cutting emissions, reducing its environmental impact and supporting biodiversity.
This wide-ranging review will see the University look again at its approach to education and research.
The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster, said: “I am proud that our University has taken the significant step of declaring a climate and ecological emergency. 2020 has been a year like no other, but each new challenge reminds me of the vital role our University community has in finding solutions.
“We have made real progress on sustainability in recent years, but we know we need to go further, faster, now.
“I hope today’s declaration will provide momentum as we launch a wide-ranging conversation with our community. Our task? To look again at everything we do within the context of the climate and ecological emergency."