We take the climate crisis extremely seriously at Hopwood Hall College and University Centre. This is why our College Strategy 2021-2025 outlined our ambitions to be the Guardians of our Environment.

It’s our goal to empower our students with the knowledge and skills needed to become bold change-makers – both now and in the future.

Due to this, our staff, students and stakeholders proudly take part in year-round initiatives designed to protect our environment and lead to a more sustainable world.

We would like to invite YOU to join us in our mission. Together we can play our part to stop the climate crisis in its tracks and protect our beautiful planet.

Here are just some of the events, initiatives and key messages that we promote throughout the academic year.


EcoFest is our flagship sustainability event. The week-long festival sees students, staff, community members and business leaders joining forces to tackle the climate emergency at our campuses in Rochdale and Middleton.

Green Week

Green Week is a celebration of all things green held during Freshers’ Week. It establishes our commitment to sustainability, while giving new and returning students the opportunity to pursue their own passion for protecting the environment.

CSI Group

Our Conservation Sustainability Initiative is our student-led group that proposes and leads on the implementation of many green initiatives across our campuses. It gives learners the valuable opportunity to have direct input into the college’s green agenda.


Throughout the year our college community can get involved in a wide range of green-led initiatives. This includes anti-litter campaigns, our termly clothing-swapping swishes and numerous recycling campaigns, such as the Crisp Package Project and Unite for Sight, which sees glasses being donated worldwide.


Our campuses have been awarded an Eco Schools Green Flag. We attained this accreditation for our cross-college approach to promoting sustainability and fighting the climate crisis.

We proudly display the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals at both sites, offer eco-friendly meal options, have brand new recycling facilitates, and many more features to promote sustainability.

In addition, we monitor trees and different animal species to conserve our natural environment. This is in addition to the hundreds of endangered species that we home and care for at our Middleton Campus.


Recycling is a key part of our environmental efforts. Through working with partners our recycling is done offsite and we receive regular reports on the positive impact that these efforts are having. For an example, you can access two recent reports below:


We regularly share resources throughout the year, including our green newsletter. This features key information for staff and students relating to our green progress and what we have planned for the future.

Other resources are routinely shared on our social channels and HopwoodLife. This includes the WWF’s Carbon Footprint Calculator, which we’d like to encourage you to access to start your own personal journey to a better world.

Guest speakers

It’s always a pleasure to welcome guest speakers to talk about climate change on campus. In the past we’ve been joined by everyone from business leaders to eco award winners.

We regularly hold these visits because they are both educational and motivational for our students.

If you’re an external stakeholder with an important message about the current crisis, we’d love to hear from you!

Middleton Campus
Rochdale Road, Middleton
Manchester, M24 6XH
0161 643 7560
Rochdale Campus
St. Mary’s Gate
Rochdale, OL12 6RY
01706 345 346