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Environmental Sustainability Board

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Taking on our future

The University of St Andrews recognises climate change as the defining issue of our time. The Scottish and UK Governments and Fife Council have declared a climate emergency and the University is responding to this crisis. To address the scale of the challenge and accelerate work already ongoing at the University, a new Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) has been formed. The ESB is chaired by Professor Sir Ian Boyd. Sir Ian was Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government on Food and the Environment based at DEFRA and is professor of marine biology at our Scottish Oceans Institute.

The ESB’s role

The immediate responsibility of the ESB is to create a new Environmental Sustainability Strategy for the University, incorporating a Carbon Management Plan and a Climate Adaptation Plan. It will then enable the roll out of this strategy and provide leadership on options for developing St Andrews in a sustainable manner, as well as producing environmental accounts.

Ian wants to put the University community – students and staff – at the heart of the ESB. To achieve this the University is recruiting eight board members to the ESB in an application process open to all staff (professional and academic) and students. The ESB will build on the work done by the Sustainability Development Working Group.

Who we’re looking for

The ESB wants to recruit individuals committed to the principles of environmental sustainability, and with the imagination and drive to help us deliver a different kind of future. The main qualification needed from applicants is interest, energy and commitment but we are looking for board members who could bring something unique – some specialist knowledge, a relevant skill or a capacity to represent the views of one of the major constituencies within the University. This is an opportunity for you to make a difference and bring about step changes in institutional behaviours, learning about how a complex organisation works and adapts its business systems to achieve pressing objectives. We encourage candidates from a diversity of backgrounds, and especially from our undergraduate and postgraduate communities, to apply.   

The commitment

You will need to commit to attending a Board meeting once a month and have an appetite for possibly leading a work group. We expect staff to agree to join the ESB for three years, with shorter options available for students.

If you would like to apply, please fill in the application form below, explaining how you would contribute to the ESB.

ESB Application Form (Word, 19 KB)

Applications should be submitted to the ESB coordinator, Dr Emma Read Kallblad ( on the template by noon on Monday 17 February.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Emma.




Sustainability Development Working Group

The Sustainability Development Working Group (SDWG), chaired by the Quaestor and Factor, has previously been the lead group responsible for delivery of the University's Sustainability Strategy and overall Environment and Sustainability compliance and governance. The SDWG reports to the University's Planning and Resources Committee.

Previous SDWG meeting documents:

SDWG 21st Jan 2020 meeting (PDF, 653 KB)

SDWG 21st November 2019 Meeting (PDF, 619 KB)

SDWG 25th Sept 2019 meeting (PDF, 1,261 KB)

SDWG 24th July 2019 (PDF, 13,465 KB)

SDWG 22nd May 2019 Meeting (PDF, 1,919 KB)

SDWG 30th Jan 2019 meeting (PDF, 1,152 KB)

For access to earlier records, please email


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