In May 2020 the University adopted 11 CAF principles and declared a Climate Emergency. Since then the CAF team has been working on steps to begin to meet these commitments, with input from stakeholders from across the University community, including the CAF Working Group and workstream sub-groups.

Now, University Executive Board has agreed for the University to set up four new posts in order to push forward towards these ambitious objectives.

Professor Pete Walker will continue to provide strategic guidance to the University’s response as Climate Action Chair, and Shannon Carr-Shand will continue in her role as project manager.

The University will shortly be commencing a recruitment round for the following four posts to form the full Climate Action team, initially for 18 months:

  • A Climate Action Project Lead, at Grade 9, full time, who will provide skilled leadership, change management and climate change expertise to drive forward our vision and plans to transition to a low carbon University.
  • A Climate Action Behaviour Change Specialist, at Grade 7, full time, who will take the key role in developing and delivering a University-wide programme to reduce energy use and support transition to a low carbon community, including a staff carbon literacy programme.
  • A Climate Action Scope 3 emissions Data Officer, at Grade 6, full time, who will develop an accurate picture of our Scope 3 emissions and a prioritised plan to reduce them.
  • A Climate Action Learning & Teaching Liaison, internal secondment, 0.2FTE, who will drive forward the climate change related learning and teaching activities, including developing a plan to roll out a climate literacy course for all students.

Professor Pete Walker said: "We are delighted these posts have been created and are looking forward to recruiting to the roles.

"These are really exciting opportunities to help the University make meaningful progress on such a vital issue, right across how the University operates. I would encourage anyone who thinks they have what we’re looking for to apply.”

The job adverts are available on the University’s jobs webpages and are open for applications.

Applications for all four roles close on 10 January 2021.