People and partners

This section provides you with an overview of the Governance for Environmental Sustainability, the delivery team involved and the various groups and networks that help us achieve improvements in environmental performance.

Environmental Sustainability is formally reported to the following each year:

  • Council
  • Vice Chancellors Executive Group
  • Dual Assurance

Environmental Sustainability is governed through the Dual Assurance mechanism. As its name suggests, this model involves two people. The first of these is a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group, who takes responsibility for the management and development of policy in a particular area of business. The second member of the Dual Assurance partnership is an independent member of Council, knowledgeable in the same area, who provides assurance to Council that this activity is well-managed and that decisions have been reached following due process and appropriate consultation.

Under Dual Assurance, Mike Shore-Nye (Registrar and Secretary), and Sarah Buck (Independent Lead for Council) lead on the development of the University's Environmental Sustainability programme. Responsibilities in this area include the delivery of the Environmental Sustainability Policy and management of sustainability risks, responsibilities, opportunities and continual improvement in performance at the University. 

Karen Gallagher acts as specialist adviser for the Dual Assurance partnership.

The Sustainability Vision and Change Catalyst Group (SVCCG) supports the Dual Assurance team by developing the University’s vision for sustainability, acting as a link for sustainability research and education and actively facilitating action through change agents i.e. focus on empowering both staff and students.  The group also provides the critical link between sustainability research and operational environmental management. The remit of the group is outlined in the SVCCG Terms of Reference.

The following are current members of the group:



Sustainability Vision and Change Catalyst Group Terms of Reference

The Campus Environment Management Group (CEMG) supports the Dual Assurance team by ensuring continual improvement in environmental performance across our Exeter estate. The group brings together operational activities that affect the performance our campus environments and ensures our natural capital is managed effectively.

Campus Environment Group Terms of Reference

The University of Exeter Students’ Guild is the Students’ Union of the University of Exeter. The Guild exists for students at Exeter to offer support, advice, representation, entertainment and other activities that will enhance the student experience. Through student societies, committees, volunteering activities and the work of staff, the Guild is committed to sustainability and caring for the environment.  Find out more by visiting the Sustainability at the Guild and the Green Unit webpage.

Key Contacts

NamePositionRole description
Cora Hurley VP Sustainability Cora is the elected executive for sustainability at the Guild and leads the Sustainability Council. 
Kat Karamani VP Welfare and Diversity Kat is the elected sabbatical officer for Welfare.