Launch of new network for Midlands education institutes – 14/7/16

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Date of the event

14 July 2016


Katy Boom (University of Worcester)
Marie Stowell (University of Worcester)
Alan Carr (SWM)
Stephen Tulip (EAUC)
Chris WIllmore (University of Bristol)
Simon Slater (SWM)
Makhan Singh & Lynsey Melville (Birmingham City University)
Anna Bright (SWM)
Steve Martin (University of Worcester honorary professor)
Louise Swift (Interface)
Gill Slater (University of Worcester)

Purpose of the event

This event marked the launch of our new network being run in partnership with the EAUC.  The network’s broad aims are to:

  • Engage and collaborate with other sectors.
  • Obtain leadership, mentoring and support.
  • Share good practice.
  • Help to plug gaps in knowledge.
  • Lever in funding and support.

The launch event itself aimed:

  • To introduce this new Network, its focus, partnership approach and membership.
  • To provide case study examples of how education institutions have worked with and impacted on businesses in research related to sustainability.
  • To develop and enhance leadership and skills both internally and across other sectors.
  • To allow delegates to feed into the future priorities of the Network and to identify collaboration opportunities with fellow attendees and other sectors.

Around fifty individuals attended the event, not just from education institutes but from businesses and local authorities, to begin the process of engagement, collaboration and sharing ideas.  The event was kindly hosted by the University of Worcester, who also Chair the Network, and there was a wide range of speakers on hand to provide their expertise, insights and, above all, show their passion for the sector and sustainability.

Links and Contact Information

For more information or to join the new network, contact or call 0121 237 5890.


Katy Boom (Chair’s introduction)
Alan Carr (introduction to SWM)
Stephen Tulip (introduction to EAUC)
Chris Willmore (University of Bristol)
Simon Slater (SWM)
Makhan Singh & Lynsey Melville (Birmingham City University)
Anna Bright (SWM)
Steve Martin (University of Worcester honorary professor)
Video accompanying above presentation
Louise Swift (Interface)
Gill Slater (University of Worcester)