Our role as an educational institution


An array of courses at the University of Roehampton provide an environmental sustainability focus including courses in our Business and Law, Life and Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Art and Digital Industries, Computer Science and Psychology. Highlights of course content is listed below for more details please review the course details.

Some highlights are mentioned below, for more details please see individual courses.

Short courses for University of Roehampton staff and students

Free short courses have been provided for students and staff to allow for more accessibility in obtaining high quality knowledge on climate change and environmental sustainability. During summer 2023 courses from OpenLearn and a carbon literacy course will be available and will be promoted through internal communication channels.

The Carbon Literacy course is a EAUC approved course which allows for the development of key knowledge around reducing carbon emissions on a person and organisational level. Future plans include the full accreditation of Carbon Literacy trainers from the university staff and students and to develop an implementation plan which will lead to an organisational accreditation.

Short courses for partner primary school staff

The University is in the process of assessing partner Schools’ needs for short course provisions within the area of climate change and environmental sustainability. More information to follow.

Sustainable Engineering and Technology Education Centre (SETEC)

SETEC will work with local government, the construction industry, and FE partners, including the South London Partnership, the GLA Green Skills Academy, and Richmond Upon Thames and Croydon Colleges, to provide access to the skills required to get green jobs in construction, infrastructure and homes. SETEC is designed to address the employer and economic needs of the construction and associated industries in South London and the national workforce.

Life and Health Sciences student interviews

To celebrate World Wetlands Day on 2 February 2023, third year Zoology student Ayoub shared information about his course and why wetlands are so important to the world at the London Wetland Centre in Barnes. Please view the University of Roehampton social media channel for the full interview.

School of Arts and Digital industries Design Challenge – 24 and 25 April 2023

On 24 and 25 April, more than 60 undergraduate and postgraduate Computer Science students took part in a 'Sustainability Design Challenge' as part of their Computing and Society module.

In just four hours the students, working in groups, performed the whole product design lifecycle of ideation, prototyping, user-testing and refinement. The challenge took the theme of Sustainable University Campus, and the students made prototypes for products and services that tackled key issues such as recycling, food waste, active transport, biodiversity and reducing single-use plastics.

Research and user feedback were key in developing the solutions.

The winning designs awarded prize money vouchers, and our judges came from across the University and the Vice-Chancellor's office.

It was a fun and creative event that showed how computer science can be applied to real-world problems, and we look forward to seeing some of the ideas developed further in future projects.

School of Arts and Digital industries Design Challenge