INSPIRE Sustainable Development Group, Trinity St Davids, VocalEyesIn January 2012, INSPIRE (Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness) was established by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David with the objective of rising to the sustainability challenge in a strategic and holistic way and embedding sustainable development into the overall student experience.

Through the INSPIRE Sustainability Group students and staff will grow the sustainability agenda together. Becoming a member of the group will be open to staff and students; the group will provide a chance to play with and test out ideas; a place for competitions and conversation all designed to support the agenda of putting sustainability at the heart of what we do whether that is through the curriculum, on our campuses or in our community relationships.

VocalEyes is being adopted to facilitate the discussion, debate and idea generation and thereby enable the co-creation of the far reaching sustainable development goals. The INSPIRE project will span across Trinity St David, Lampeter & Swansea Metropolitan universities with a reach of approximately 8000 teachers and learners.

Read the full INSPIRE press release here

Update: Feb 2013

“Trinity Saint David is the only University in the UK to place sustainable development at its core. Developed through our flagship initiative, the Institute of Sustainable Practice and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE), we aim to ensure that our graduates are fit for the future and that their professional practice is sustainable for generations to come.” 

Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor 2012

The first Exchange launched an exciting new web-based platform, VocalEyes, developed by a local entrepreneur, Peter Anderson (http://www.vocaleyes.org/) to enable students to to discuss all aspects of sustainability and what can be done to make the University more environmentally fit for the future.

The VocalEyes community voting system is being piloted by students and staff at TSD to prioritise which sustainable solutions should be invested in and progressed into action. VocalEyes has already been used successfully as the ‘learner voice’ in Pembrokeshire College, transforming student engagement and promoting social justice as it is an exciting way of regularly updating ideas. VocalEyes can be seen in action on the front page of the University’s home page and has been celebrated as an example of good practice in a recent case study by the Welsh Government.

A process has now been agreed to ensure that the ideas coming forward through VocalEyes are responded to on a termly basis by University senior management and the INSPIRE webpages updated accordingly.

First INSPIRE Annual Report FINAL WEB VERSION

Recent Actions & Outcomes Arising:

St David’s Day Speaker
Jonathon Porritt, former Director of Friends of the Earth and Chancellor of Keele University, will be speaking in Lampeter on St David’s Day (1 March 2013). A bus will be provided for Carmarthen staff / students.
 Tangible Outcome
Disposal of Hazardous Waste
The University has designated hazardous waste bins on each campus. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and batteries should be taken to IT Services who will ensure they are appropriately disposed of. We are looking into establishing more accessible sites for battery disposal i.e. reception or SU.
 Tangible Outcome
Reporting System in Place
A reporting procedure has been agreed by the University, which will produce a termly update regarding ideas / actions to be taken forward. This will be published on our INSPIRE web pages.
 Tangible Outcome
Facebook & Twitter
INSPIRE now has Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Inspiretsd) and Twitter (@InspireTSD). Like and follow us to keep up to date with what we’re doing.
 Tangible Outcome

View the INSPIRE webpage: http://www.trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk/en/inspire/

View the INSPIRE group on VocalEyes : http://www.vocaleyes.org/inspire