Green Initiatives


A leading green University

We are committed to becoming a leading green university. As a member of staff, you will benefit through a number of areas:

  • waste and recycling
  • energy and water
  • travel and transport
  • procurement
  • campus development
  • awareness raising, training and communication
  • corporate governance
  • information services
  • landscape
  • teaching and learning
  • research

We are actively reducing our carbon-footprint, promote recycling and encourage cycling, walking and the use of public transport through a range of discounts.



Grounds and gardens

We are really proud of our extensive landscaped, award-winning grounds and are continually investing to make them the best they can be.

University Park is our largest campus at 300 acres and is widely regarded as one of the most attractive in the country, set in extensive greenery and around a lake. The campus has been a Civic Trust Green Flag Award Winner every year since 2003 - the only university campus to achieve this status. 

As a member of staff, you can enjoy the walks, parks and gardens in stunning scenery which feature:


  • long-established woodland
  • contemporary gardens
  • the Millennium Garden - a quiet, reflective place in which to escape the hustle and bustle of campus life.
Find out more about the grounds and gardens on our webpage.

Guides, walks and Friends of University Park

We've devised a series of garden walk guides. Find out more on the Friends of University Park webpage. 



We actively encourage cycling to work and run cycle to work schemes and a 'Ucycle' scheme, as well as offering several other resources for cyclists. We have cycle parking areas to accommodate over 3600 bicycles, as well as numerous shower facilities.

For staff who use their bicycle for business travel, we'll reimburse you 20p per mile for each business mile incurred. Find out more about all cycling related initiatives including advice, maps of cycle paths from popular residential areas to our campuses and secure cycle storage areas from the staff cycle schemes webpage.

Cyclescheme / Evans cycles

The basis of the scheme is to pay for a voucher, through salary exchange, which enables you to purchase a cycle from a local participating shop. By paying for the voucher by twelve monthly salary exchange payments, you will reduce your income on which tax and NI are paid by the value of the voucher which you take, making the effective cost of the cycle much cheaper. 

The Evans scheme works in the same way as Cyclescheme, but the purchase is made at Evans bike shops. For more information on both schemes, please see the staff cycle schemes webpage. 

Ucycle Project

The University is a major partner in Ucycle Nottingham - a £3m project with Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, to encourage cycling among both staff and students. More information can be found on the Ucycle webpage.

Dr Bike

Dr Bike is an on-site bike maintenance service. The Dr Bike mechanic will give cycles a thorough check and conduct any minor repairs such as changing brake blocks and tightening brakes.

Sessions take place at each campus every month. Look out for dates on the Portal. It's a free service, but you must book in advance.

Maintenance workshops

Ucycle Nottingham runs bike maintenance workshops for staff who want to learn a bit more about looking after their bike. Content covers basic bike checks, puncture repair, brakes and gears.

Bike Buddy Scheme

Our Bike Buddy scheme matches new and returning cyclists with experienced cyclist commuters. A Bike Buddy will help you find the safest, most direct route to campus and ride it with you. Find out more on the Ucycle webpage.