Innovation and Enterprise

A Net Zero pathfinder project (funded by the Community Renewal Fund) will start in April 2023. 

Students will be trained and will subsequently go out to up to 25 SME’s to train them on achieving carbon net zero. 

This plan is lead by:

  • Marek Hornak, Executive Director of Business Engagement

This plan is enabled by:

The University’s enterprise and innovation activities, including student start-ups and community projects, are connected to research and education, in the context of the grand challenges



Targets and progress


All enterprise projects, including student start-ups, monitor their carbon and contribute to the transition to a low carbon economy by 2030.


Progress status: AMBER

The Enterprise team will embed net zero into bids and evaluation reports for all projects from 2023.

Operational priorities for 2023/24

  • Completing the Net Zero Pathfinder project
  • Winning further external funding to support the transition to a low carbon economy
in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021