In 2007, 2008 and 2009 the University completed the Environmental and Social Responsibility Index, a “... voluntary, sector-led benchmark of responsible practice – based on Business in the Community’s (BITC) Companies that Count programme".
The index has allowed the University to judge its sustainability performance year on year, as well as against other institutions. In 2009 it achieved a silver banding. During 2011/12 the University is particpating in the replacement Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) scheme.
In 2009 the University received ISO 14001 accreditation for its Environmental Management system, one of few Universities to do so.
This externally validated system encompasses:
" ...all activities on the campus, including: food preparation; provision of heating, lighting and water for university buildings; chemical waste; management of workshops; management of aquaria; management of small vehicles; sustainability issues; the development of environmental curriculum content for degree and postgraduate courses; cleaning services and waste management; (and all general buildings' facilities)."
ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certificate.