Climate Strike

On Friday 20th September, Hull University Union joined the massive global day of action as we shut down all our services and operations for one hour, between 10.00am - 11.00am, and went on strike for climate justice. This strike marked the beginning of a week of action all over the world and we joined what was likely to be the largest climate protest in world history!

Read all about it here and what our next steps are: https://hulluniunion.com/news/article/climate-strike-next

Litter Picks

Bridlington Beach Clean: HUSSO Forces of Nature volunteers had a great day with Give It A Go at the Bridlington beach clean. The weather held off and the sun came out. Huge thank you to everyone who helped collect a huge 25 kilos of waste from the beach and to David from Yorkshire wildlife trust who helped to organise. Great feedback was received from Bridlington residents, great work everyone.

HullSTARS: HullSTARS completed their autumnal litter pick on campus collecting lots of waste from around campus.

Campus Litter Pick - upcoming dates (HUSSO Volunteering Week):

Water Fountain


There is now a water fountain on the ground floor of Student Central. Isobel, President of the Students' Union, has been working closely with Hull University Union's Commercial Director to install a water fountain in the Students' Union building - and yes it's big enough to fit a water bottle under!

Commercial Outlets

SPAR Receipts: You may have noticed that now when you use our self-service check out tills you have the option to have your receipt printed. This was a suggestion from a student through Your Ideas and our Commercial Team worked with SPAR to make this happen – this now happens across all SPAR shops!

Biodegradable Straws: Our commercial outlets now use only biodegradable straws!

Asylum Cups: As from October, our Asylum nightclub made the move to remove single-use plastic cups in favour of reusable cups! This is a massive step forward and is part of our movement towards being more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

NEW  Introduction of a range of loose fruit and vegetables.

NEW  Introduction of aluminium canned drinks into the Meal Deal.

NEW  Introduction of the sale of aluminium re-usable drinking flasks.

NEW  Removal of plastic teaspoons and introduction of wooden for snacking.

Environment and Ethics Representative

Name: Sioban Pickering

The Environment and Ethics Representative aims to represent student interest in the environmental impact of Hull University Union and the University of Hull and the associated ethics of their practices to improve sustainability of both.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Inform students on issues of environmental impact, ethical issues localy, regionally and nationally;
  • Participate in relevant university and union working groups pertaining to issues of sustainability and environmental impact;
  • Organise and run campaigns to lobby for change in practices by Hull University Union and the University of Hull;
  • Work towards Hull University Union leading the student union movement in both innovation and participation on environmental and ethical issues.

The Environment and Ethics Representative sits in the Governance Zone led by the President of the Students’ Union, Isobel Hall.

You can contact Isobel on Facebook or email [email protected].

Facebook Group: Hull University Union and Climate Emergency

Concerned about what is happening to the environment? Want to be part of making a change in your local community and on campus? Join our Facebook group to be part of discussions with like-minded people and be part of a movement to making real changes!

Join here! https://www.facebook.com/groups/2784269134939305/

Climate Action Group

The Climate Action Group is open to all students who are in interested and are passionate about making change for climate action!

Do you have ideas about how campus can be more environmentally friendly and sustainable? Head along to our Climate meet-up as we work towards divestment from fossil fuels, becoming more plastic-free and tackling the climate emergency!

Upcoming Meetings

Green Week GB and NI: https://greengb.campaign.gov.uk/

Green Week GB and NI is an annual week to campaign and explore what changes can be made to contribute to action on climate change.

Check out what we are doing at the Students’ Union here: [***link***]


Hull Ecology and Environment Society

Are you interested in the environment and want a way to get more involved, or just to meet like-minded people? Hull University Ecology and Environment Society is brand new this year and it’s perfect for those who are interested in the environment, activism and all things green. We will hold regular events including drinking and non-drinking socials, beach cleans and campaigning within the University and local community to name a few, and you can get involved as much or as little as you like! If you fancy becoming one of our “forces of nature”, or have any questions, please get in touch!

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/HullUniEcologyandEnvironment/
Contact: [email protected]


Waterside Event

This event will raise the profile of the region, demonstrating how the Humber can provide solutions to this global challenge, and cement our regional ambition. Opportunities for organisations and local communities to learn, demonstrate and consult on transformational projects – sharing ideas and best practice.

Join us for a live debate with internationally renowned climate change keynote speaker Dr. Gabrielle Walker.

An expert strategist, speaker and moderator, Dr. Walker has advised governments and global humanitarian leaders, and will share her knowledge on how we can develop a zero carbon economy for our region’s future.

Get your FREE tickets here: https://www.universe.com/events/the-waterline-summit-tickets-5HDPFY
Date: 28th November 2019
Time: 12:30pm – 8pm

Hull University Students’ Union Policies:

We are working on developing our policies relating to sustainability. Currently, this includes updating our Fairtrade policy and creating a brand new Environment and Sustainability policy. President of the Students’ Union, Isobel Hall, is leading on developing these policies, if you have a question, comment or what to help with developing these, please email [email protected].

Sustainable Development & Environmental Group

The University has launched a brand new Sustainable Development and Environmental Group chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor International, Phillip Gilmartin. The first meeting of the group was on Tuesday 5th November 2019.

Isobel Hall, President of the Students’ Union and the Environment and Ethics Representative sit on this group.