Sustainability Talks on Campus

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Event details

Tuesday 15th November - Wednesday 16th November
Gallery Presentation Area, University of Sheffield Students' Union, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TG
Attendance is free. Staff and students from the University of Sheffield, and the public are welcome to attend.
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Welcome to the University of Sheffield’s and Students' Union 2022 sustainability talks on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th November. We've designed these talks to give you an opportunity to gain an understanding of the research, the work and teaching we are doing to drive sustainability in everything we do. 

This month, almost every country on earth is coming together for COP27, the global climate summit endeavouring to reach international agreements on how to tackle climate change. Here at the University of Sheffield we recognise that we are in the midst of a climate emergency, and we have a part to play in these efforts. 

These talks demonstrate our belief that through research, education and behavioural change, we are able to effectively contribute to a more sustainable world. With themes centred on Energy, Youth and Future Generations, and Food Agriculture, the series of talks will present a fantastic opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the research and work done at Sheffield.  

Sharing knowledge and inspiring others are amongst important actions needed for effective and impactful change. And the time to act is now. Climate change is the greatest challenge to humanity in the 21st century, and thus mitigating its effects on people and planet is not going to be an easy feat. 

Over the coming events, we want to show you what we are doing, both inside and outside of lectures. This includes information from sustainable transport and our local partnerships. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday 15th November, the Gallery Presentation Area located in the Students' Union

Theme: Agri-Food - Surplus Superpowers: The Social Value of Surplus Food by Dr Megan Blake, Department of Geography. 

Timings: 2pm - 3pm

This talk will discuss the capacities of surplus food and consider how community-based redistribution of surplus food when organised differently has the ability to feed into how we can meet the Sustainable Development goals.

Theme: Agri-Food - Made Together: Our Cow Molly and the University of Sheffield session by Our Cow Molly and Peter Anstess, ACS.

Timings: 3pm - 4pm

An exciting opportunity to learn about the University of Sheffield's work with the locally based business Our Cow Molly to develop sustainable dairy farming practices.

Theme: Education - Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) by SJ Cooper Knock, Senior Lecturer in Criminology.

Timings: 4pm - 4:30pm 

The University has committed to embedding ESD into every module across every degree. Find out more about what ESD is, and the progress we have made so far.

Theme: Energy - Sustainable energy and carbon capture by Professor Jon Gibbins, Professor of Power Plant Engineering and Carbon Capture, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Timings: 4:30pm - 5pm

This talk will discuss alternative sustainability energy strategies, and research around carbon capture, and how this can be harnessed to adapt to the climate crisis. 

Wednesday 16th November, the Gallery Presentation Area located in the Students' Union

Theme: Youth and Future Generations - Sustainability Career Panel

Timings: 2:30pm - 3:30pm 

Chair: Helen Smith (Head of Careers & Deputy Director of Academic Programmes and Student Engagement)

Panellists: Dr Ankit Kumar (Lecturer in Development and Environment, Dep of Geography), Dr Richard Randle-Boggis (Research Associate, School of Biosciences), Lucy Jeczalik (Hope for the Future) and Samuel Timson (Welfare and Sustainability Officer, SU).

This panel talk will answer questions around how to get into sustainability, sharing the importance of green jobs, their motivations and reasons for getting into this sector, as well as highlighting associated challenges.

The panellists will provide advice and top-tips on essential skills needed to be successful within this field, and share their own experiences. Discussions will also occur around what the future will look like in terms of green jobs, with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions too.

Theme: Sustainable Transport - Delivered by Darren Hardwick, Car Parking & Sustainable Travel Manager (EFM)

Timings: 3:30pm - 4:00pm 

Learn more about the University's progress and actions taken to mitigate our carbon emissions from transport on and off campus, including what our Transport Policy means for us.

*Please note that some changes have been made to the timings and location of the talks. 


Eleanor Bragg


Sam Timson


If you have any questions about the event, please contact Eleanor or Sam.

Other events

COP27 Campus Vigil: Climate Action Together: A place of solidarity, grief and hope for the future of the planet

A vigil is a place where people join together, in solidarity, grief and hope, to focus on a shared concern; this Campus Vigil is for the future of the planet, and we are holding it during the COP27 summit in Egypt. COP stands for ‘Conference of Parties’; this is the 27th time leaders from around the world will meet to consider the global climate emergency: many communities most affected by this situation will go to Glasgow. People involved in civil society are organising fringe events around the world. The Campus Vigil is a Sheffield event, at the University of Sheffield’s campus, on the concourse, outside the Students’ Union building beneath the flyover, so we can keep a vigil in all weathers.

Start time everyday 12pm (noon). Finish 1.30pm. Monday to Friday 07 to 11 November and 14 to 18 November, plus 5pm to 5.30pm on Wednesdays 09 and 16 November.


Solidarity: come and sit / stand / be together / sign-up to a growing staff and student sustainability network;

Reflect:—for contemplation, mindfulness, meditation, hopes, prayers;

Talk: dialogue, depressurize, discover.

The Students’ Union permit the use of the space on the concourse.
The Belief, No Belief and Religious (BNBR) LIfe Centre initiated this collaborative event and the Students’ Union sabbatical officers are also supporting this.


For further information please email the campus vigil admin. team, via

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