Thursday, 24 March 2011

Cardiff’s students plan for the future; Sustainability and the Environment – Student Community Action Plan Event

Thinking big but acting locally is the key message at today’s event being held to revise the Cardiff Student Community Plan.

Professor Ken Peattie, from Cardiff University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute will address delegates at the event to revise the Cardiff student Community Plan, outlining how thinking global can help have an impact locally. The Research Institute is taking an entirely new approach to the science of sustainability, leading to the development of sustainable solutions applied to real places around the world.

The Student Community Plan has been developed in partnership with the universities Cardiff University, the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC) and the University of Glamorgan, and Cardiff Council to address a wide range of local issues. It contains a number of key actions that will seek to address the needs of Cardiff’s student population and its impact on the local community.

The event and plan brings together a huge range of stakeholders with students issues and agendas including but not exclusively the universities, unions, the community, police, landlords/letting agencies, public health services (Police, Fire, NHS) charities, advisory services, NUS, private stakeholders including private hall providers, various Council services such as private sector housing, waste management, trading standards, health and public protection, noise pollution et al to work on a number of student focused actions.

Commenting on the plan, Councillor Judith Woodman, Cardiff Council Deputy Leader for communities said: “I would like to thank all those who have been involved in developing this important action plan. The document will play a critical role in sustaining partnership working between the Council, local universities and our stakeholders in order to both maintain Cardiff’s success as a university city and to improve the quality of life of students and residents alike.”

The Council and the universities jointly fund the Student Liaison Officer, Kieran McCann (, who manages the implementation of the plan. After the event the Action Plan will be updated and presented to the University Quartet made up of the Vice Chancellors of the Universities, Corporate Director of the Council and Deputy leader of the Council.

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