NETpositive conference success

The NETpositive Conference brought together partner institutions who have been piloting an innovative new tool: NETpositive Student.

The NETpositive approach has been developed by NETpositive Futures and the NETpositive Student tool is currently being piloted in 7 UK universities: University of Cambridge, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, Nottingham Trent University, University of Northampton, University of Oxford and University College London (UCL).

As well as sharing the learning from the pilot to date, the event – which took place in York in February – also set out to inspire and engage delegates, some of whom were finding out about the NETpositive approach for the first time.

Inspiration was provided to set the tone for the event courtesy of stories from renowned author and activist, Alastair McIntosh.

Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility at the University of Manchester awed the audience with the scale of ambition demonstrated by their institutional commitment to Social Responsibility. The development of a NETpositive Staff tool as part of their whole-institution programme was also announced.

Workshop sessions supported delegates to share learning in relation to measuring impact as well as staff and student engagement.

Chris West, from the Stockholm Environment Institute presented some of the early findings emerging from the NETpositive Student data, which are already opening exciting possibilities measuring impact and supporting evidence-based engagement. A report of findings from the overall project will be shared with the sector at the end of the pilot.

A panel of sector experts shared their own personal journeys of transformational perspectives sharing their expertise from their own institutions. Richard Jackson, Head of Sustainability at UCL ended the day by considering the inspiration that can be found beyond the sector drawing on his time as part of the 2012 Olympic delivery team.

The NETpositive approach

The NETpositive approach considers sustainability in a broader sense than is often traditional; considering environmental, economic and social elements in terms of both positive and negative impacts. Taking this wider view supports staff and student engagement by encouraging the enhancement of positive impacts alongside the more traditional reduction of negative impacts.

The NETpositive Student tool enables students to develop a personalised action plan based on activities they can get involved with in their own institutional context. The tool gathers data, which research partners at the Stockholm Environment Institute use to create research reports for the partners. As well as measuring the impact of student engagement with sustainability this supports a cycle of evidence-based engagement. Visit to find out more.

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