Sustainable cities and communities

We work with civic and business partners to help build better environments for people to live, work and thrive. We are proud that many thousands of people enjoy access to our stunning campuses and are inspired to engage with arts, culture and heritage at the university and across the city. 




people engage annually with Lakeside's arts programme


largest battery for community energy


cycle parking spaces across our campuses




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Power to the people: sustainable housing

A collaboration between researchers, residents and the city council, plus housing developers, industry and the energy supply chain, is supporting a sustainable housing development, which is a model for community energy schemes and greener cities.

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Learning and students

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Sustainability Challenge for students

The Sustainability Challenge gives our students the opportunity to learn to develop green concepts and sustainable solutions to the challenges we face on campus, while building employability skills.

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Engagement and impact

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Enriching lives through art and culture

Lakeside Arts is the university’s public arts programme. Over 200,000 people of all ages and abilities engage annually with Lakeside’s on-campus public arts centre and cultural programme, enriching the lives of communities, including our staff and students.

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Policy and operations

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Encouraging staff and student cyclists

We provide 5,000 cycle parking spaces across our campuses. Cycle to Work, access to E-bike hire, facilities such as showers and lockers, and a growing network of cycle paths, is further encouraging staff and students to get on their bikes.

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