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Sustainability Webinar

From developing communities to finding research solutions to global challenges, Universities have a responsibility to support the sustainability agenda in a myriad of ways.

In November, the University Council approved a vision for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) that includes the construction of a major new Science Precinct on central campus.

The Science Precinct will include new space for the Departments of Chemistry and Physics, and the School of Engineering, to enable them to grow, innovate and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

When investing in new campus facilities, Warwick has an obligation* to cement sustainability into the construction of the buildings, as well as into the research that takes place within them.

During this webinar the Vice Chancellor Professor Stuart Croft will explore how the use of sustainable construction practices can enable Warwick to deliver this ambitious campus development sustainably, with Jonny Wates, Director of Wates Group, Trustee of Forum for the Future, and Sustainability Champion.

They will be joined by Warwick's Provost, Professor Christine Ennew OBE and Professor Georgia Kremmyda, Director of Studies, Civil and Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering. Together they will talk about Warwick’s commitment to sustainability in our academic research, teaching and learning activities, and how these will be facilitated by the STEM Grand Challenge.

*Warwick is proud to be one of the small number of universities committed to net-zero carbon for all its emissions by 2050, with additional milestone for decarbonising energy supply by 2030.

Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Warwick

Stuart became the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Warwick in February 2016. He has been part of Warwick’s community since 2007 as Professor of International Security and held positions as the University’s Provost and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Arts and Social Sciences).

Working with colleagues, Stuart is responsible for ensuring Warwick delivers excellent education and research regionally, nationally and internationally. Stuart’s research is in the field of security studies for which he has previously held senior posts at the University of Birmingham, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the British International Studies Association.



Jonny Wates

Director, Wates Group

Jonny Wates (BA Comparative American Studies 1986-1989) was appointed to the Wates Group Board in 2008, having previously served as Group Head of Strategy and Sales Director of Wates Homes Ltd. He is a Trustee of the Wates Family Enterprise Trust and the William Wates Memorial Trust. He chairs the Board Sustainability Committee and champions sustainability at a strategic and an operational level.

Jonny sees sustainability as key to the long term resilience of organisations, humanity and the planet itself. He is a fourth generation owner of the Wates Group, an enterprise with a strong focus on operational sustainability and committed to playing a role in the promotion of the sustainability agenda in the wider world.


Professor Christine Ennew OBE

Provost, University of Warwick

Professor Christine Ennew supports the Vice-Chancellor in the academic leadership of the University. A key aspect of her role is leading the development and delivery of the University’s academic strategy, ensuring that Warwick remains competitive and relevant within HE and beyond. She has a particular interest in the nature, growth and development of international higher education.


Professor Georgia Kremmyda

Director of Studies Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Warwick

Georgia Kremmyda is Professor and Director of Studies in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering. She is also Director of Student Recruitment for Engineering, providing strategic leadership to planning and review of recruitment activity.

Georgia is involved to a number of initiatives for the development and implementation of innovations, which contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda. She is leading the Humanitarian Engineering initiative and co-leads the Warwick Global Research Priority in Sustainable Cities. Both initiatives are bringing together students and researchers worldwide towards the delivery of resilient and sustainable communities.