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Sustainability strategy staff consultation 

The Universities’ Sustainable Task Group is currently writing the first Sustainability Strategy for the University of Birmingham.  The aim of this strategy is to acknowledge all of the good work that has been done over the years already around the subject of sustainability but also embed sustainability in to our core strategic business moving forward.

In order to do this we want the views of our stakeholders of which staff are key.  We have organised 3 consultation sessions to gain staff views on the work that has been done so far, what the university already does well and could do better and what should be the key aims and outcomes of this document.

To register to attend one of the sessions please click the links below to go to an events page.  If you have any queries please contact

Session 1: Monday 23rd July at 12pm 

Session 2: Tuesday 7th August at 10am 

Session 3: Wednesday 15th August at 1pm


National Bike Week this June

From 9th to 17th June is National Bike Week organised by Cycling UK to try and encourage more cycling across the country.

Led group ride open to staff and students

On Monday 11th June why not join a sociable, leisurely led ride on a mostly off road route from University station at 4:30pm.  The pace will be set by the slowest rider and the route will be almost entirely flat.  You can even borrow a bike to get involved.  To get more information and sign up for the ride email

Led ride

Clean Air Day cycling activities 

 The week following Bike Week we are organising an event for Clean Air Day which will also have a cycling focus with a second hand bike sale, a Dr Bike event at Urban Cycles, get more infortmation about the upcoming bike share scheme on campus and an Electric Bike demo.  We want as many staff and students to leave their cars at home on the day ( and in general) so why not try cycling during Bike Week and then carry on throughout the summer. We have a staff loan bike scheme and also may have some availability of our longer term student bike hires.  More info on the Clean Air Day page here.  

Local cycling route improvements

The proposed cycle track along the A38 Bristol Road from Selly Oak to the City Centre has finally been approved and work is set to begin in March 2018.  This route will provide a safe, high quality and segregated cycle track from the gates of the University to the town centre.  More information on the scheme can be found here.  

In addition to the A38 cycling track the Canal and River Trust are currently working to widen the canal towpath inside the Edgbaston Tunnel.  Anybody who has jogged, walked or cycled through this tunnel will welcome this works as it is very narrow currently.  The towpath is currently closed between The Vale and 5 Ways to enable these works and is due to reopen in April.  More info on the closure here.  If you need an alternative route to walk or cycle safely to the city centre whilst the canal is closed the Rea Valley route is located close to campus and offers a safe and pleasant alternative:

Artists Impression - A38 - Section B

University of Birmingham recognised for efforts to promote and enable sustainable travel

The Universities 'Smartmover' initiative to encourage and enable sustainable travel to campus has been recognised as part of the 'Making Birmingham Greener and Healthier Awards' run by Birmingham City Council.  We won the 'Birmingham Connected Sustainable Travel Award' at an event at the Council House last week.  More info here: 


Above: The Universities Sustainable Travel Co-ordinator Peter Edwards and Sustainable Logistics Manager Monica Guise accept the award!

New £1 fare from National Express for University of Birmingham staff and students

National Express have recently introduced a new £1 fare for journeys between Selly Oak and the city centre. 

NXWM Selly Oak Uni Hop A5 Front



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Canal improvements great for walking and cycling

As well as the access to the canal being improved at University station the towpath itself has been completely resurfaced to make it more attractive to walkers, joggers and cyclists.  You can cycle to the city centre in 20 minutes completely traffic free or go the other way towards Selly Oak and Bournville.This is a brilliant transport link that staff and students can take advantage of.