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Plymouth Takes the Lead on Climate Change

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The University of Plymouth's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Judith Petts, has been named as one of four sector leaders heading up the new Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Leaders.

Launched earlier this month, the Commission represents a partnership between the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, the Association of Colleges, GuildHE and Universities UK.

The commission will enable universities and colleges to work together to tackle climate change, and will work with students, UK government, regulatory bodies and sector agencies.

The plan for the commission over the next 12 months, will be to develop a strategic framework and set ambitious targets.

Professor Petts, who is representing the University and also serving as the Universities UK Commissioner, said: "Universities have the power and the responsibility to make a significant global contribution to the urgent need for emissions reduction and climate change adaptation. Universities drive scientific understanding of the scale and speed of the crisis, they are leading climate emergency responses and are embedding sustainability education across their programmes to equip graduates to make a difference. I hope the Climate Commission will be a driving force for leadership, action and impact through the higher and further education sectors and networks."