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Social responsibility


Universities have a key role to play in the promotion and practice of sustainability with both the Government and HEFCE requiring that sustainability is incorporated into day-to-day activities as well as policies and procedures.

The importance we place on sustainability is acknowledged in the 2011-2016 Corporate Plan, which includes the planned action/responsibility to promote the adoption of policies and practices for social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

To move the sustainability agenda forward we have established a Sustainability Group.  Through the work of this group we hope to increase environmental awareness amongst staff and students to build a sustainable future for all.  Specific initiatives at St Mary’s are described in the St Mary's Environmental Statement and include:

  • Sustainable procurement policies
  • Increasing recycling across campus
  • Reducing our use of resources
  • Fairtrade university status


Fairtrade products are sold in the University refectory, Dolce Vita Cafe and Students' Union shop. Additionally, all internal and external meetings and residential conferences are supplied with Fairtrade tea and coffee.

The University participates in Fairtrade Fortnight annually.

Catering staff during Fairtrade Fortnight