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City Nature Challenge 2019

City Nature Challenge 2019

Posted by amj42 at Apr 03, 2019 03:25 PM |

From 26th-29th April 2019, join the global competition and help Leicester to document as many species of wildlife as possible

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Bring your plant to work day!

Bring your plant to work day!

Posted by sll33 at Apr 01, 2019 05:45 AM |

To promote the University's commitment to biodiversity, air quality and health & wellbeing, this Friday (5th April) will be the first 'Bring your plant to work day' where staff are encouraged to bring a small houseplant into their work space.

As well as looking good, houseplants are known to support human health in homes, offices, school and hospitals. They improve air quality by trapping and capturing pollutants, help us to breathe more easily. Likewise, they provide a wide range of mental and physical health benefits.

The psychological benefits of indoor plants have been shown as:

  • An improved mood
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Increased worker productivity (adding plants to a windowless office in particular)
  • Increased the speed of reaction in a computer task
  • Improved attention span (in some scientific studies, but not all)
  • Increased pain tolerance (for example, where plants were used in hospital settings)

The physical health benefits of indoor plants have been shown as:

  • Less breathing problems created by better indoor air quality through the removal of airborne pollutants
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduced fatigue and headaches by 20-25 percent in one study
  • Patients in hospital rooms with plants reported decreased post-operative pain.

Whilst we encourage staff to reap these benefits, we also request that plants are removed at the end of the day to avoid greenfly and other unwanted fauna, and also to avoid watering their plants at work to reduce spillages and in line with our water conservation policy.

We will also be running an event in Centenary Square at lunchtime where you can discuss any plant concerns with our gardening expert April. The first opportunity we have had to meet like minded flora enthusiasts from around the University.

Earth Hour 2019

Earth Hour 2019

Posted by sll33 at Mar 25, 2019 02:00 PM |

Leicester is joining millions around the world to turn off the lights and speak up about why nature matters.

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Leicester supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The University of Leicester proudly presents our first annual SDG report that captures our important contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These 17 goals act as a blueprint to create a better world for all by 2030 such as eradicating poverty, reducing inequalities and combating climate change.

Universities, such as Leicester, play a crucial role in educating tomorrow’s leaders as well as tackling global challenges with our pioneering research. Our staff and students have led the way through all their amazing work, which has led to the SDGs underpinning our social impact.

The University of Leicester was one of the first UK higher education organisations to sign up to the SDG Accord and UN Global Compact — our pledge to promote and work towards positive social and environmental change and we are committed to leading the UK HE sector in embedding the SDGs in all we do to ensure we maximise our positive contribution to the world.

This sector-leading report shows our academic contribution to the SDGs through our teaching and research activities, along with how the institution contributes through day to day activities and public engagement. By using the SDGs, we are able to put all our work into a globally-recognised framework to capture and celebrate our positive impact from students, staff and the institution as a whole.

Visit our SDG webpage to read about the top 5 goals we contribute to academically and read the full (and colourful) report!

Learn how YOU can contribute to the SDGs whilst at Leicester

Escape Room Challenge: student designers and players wanted!

Posted by hjs23 at Mar 08, 2019 08:02 AM |

How would you like to not just play an escape room, but also then go on to learn about how they are made, and design your own sustainability themed escape room– and maybe run it as a real room for others to solve?

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Have your voice heard through the Social Impact Survey 2018

Posted by hjs23 at Dec 12, 2018 10:55 AM |

Spare ten minutes to fill in our Social Impact Survey and have an impact on the social and environmental future of the University

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