Panel Session: Bristol 2015

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This keynote session is from the “Learning and Legacy: The Role of Education in Creating Healthier and Happier Cities” EAUC Annual Conference 2016.

The session was Chaired by Professor Jim Longhurst (UWE, Bristol) and Chris Willmore (University of Bristol) with panellists from Bristol 2015 European Green Capital and local businesses:  Andrew Garrad, Gary Topp, Alan Bailey, Gem Heywood and Dr Georgina Gough.

Bristol was European Green capital 2015, the first UK city to achieve this accolade. The two city universities were important contributors to the winning bid for the Green Capital and have been central to the success of the 2015 year through student and staff engagement across many domains of study.

This session took the example of the two Bristol universities and explored their role in the city transformation process created by the European Green Capital designation and their ongoing role as Initial Founding Partners of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC.

Four distinct contributions by the HEIs are highlighted as agents of change: 

  • The HEIs as a sustainable business in the city-region – major employers with over 8000 staff and a combined annual budget of some £0.70 billion per annum. On top of that is a substantial annual spend by staff and students in the city-region.
  • The contribution of researchers  in the living laboratory of the city-region
  • Students as actors for change through their engaged learning – a combined population of some 50000 students out of a Bristol population of some 450000.
  • Graduates as citizen actors in the city region – graduates from both universities want to work and live in the city-region

The session reflected upon the conditions for success and the transferability of university engagement to other cities. Was Bristol unique because of Green Capital 2015 or is it replicable to other cities? 

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