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Head of Sustainability

University of Central Lancashire
Salary to £60,000 plus excellent benefits
Closing date
12 Jun 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
Job Function
Facilities Manager, Maintenance
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Head of Sustainability

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a leading modern University and one of the UK’s largest with a student and staff community approaching 38,000.

The UCLan core campus in the University’s home city of Preston covers a significant swathe of the city (an area of approximately 15 hectares with 63 buildings) and recently benefited from a transformative £200m Campus Masterplan to give it a world-class makeover.  UCLan has also invested significantly in recent years in its Burnley campus to serve Pennine Lancashire and its West Lakes campus to serve West Cumbria.  Collectively the campus estate creates an eclectic and highly visible built environment to support UCLan’s Mission and Strategic Aims.

UCLan is seeking to make the crucial leadership appointment to the role of Head of Sustainability.  Reporting to the Director of Estates Services and Capital Projects, the postholder will lead the University’s drive to improve its environmental performance across all of its activities. 

The role leads the development of environmental sustainability, policy and strategy to deliver agreed targets, with key aspects of the role being the promotion of awareness of sustainability matters across University staff, students and service providers to deliver cultural and behavioural change; leading on the delivery of environmental sustainability projects; and developing the management infrastructure and governance to support the strategy.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of shaping, planning and delivering strategies that enhance an organisation's energy and sustainability performance.  You will be focused on delivering measurable impact through the delivery of projects and programmes, such as behavioural change programme and infrastructure investment projects.

To be a success in the role you will need to be proactive, enthusiastic, innovation and results-focused, with excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing abilities.  You will possess the experience and confidence to report at Board level and across a diverse range of stakeholder groups.

The role offers a fantastic leadership opportunity for an ambitious and enthusiastic individual to play a key part in the continuing and future success of the University and its wider role in the North West region.  The Candidate Brief can be viewed at

To arrange a confidential briefing discussion please contact our retained advisors David Craven ( / 07932 717 438) or Ben Duffill ( / 07976 125 010) at MRG.

Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of not more than four pages) and a covering letter (of not more than two pages). Applications should be sent to and

Closing date for applications is 12th June 2022.

UCLAN welcomes and celebrates the rich diversity of our students, staff and our community partners. We recognise that our diversity is our strength and work hard to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion are part of everything we do. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment where everyone can feel safe, valued and able to thrive.

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