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School of Pharmacy

Green Impact

Welcome to the School of Pharmacy Green Impact page. Please read below for advice on how staff and students can contribute to reducing the School’s carbon impact.

The School of Pharmacy is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and promoting ways to be 'Green' throughout the school.  Currently we our targeting single use plastics by promoting reusable coffee cups and water bottles.  We are also hosting a coffee morning in aid of Plastic Oceans UK (see below for more details).

‘Bring Your Own Cup’ Coffee Morning – details tbc

The School Office’s Green Impact Team will be hosting an Environmental Awareness Event next month in aid of Plastic Oceans UK. We will be encouraging staff and students to opt for reusable cups and water bottles to limit our impact on the environment by saying no to single use plastics!



The following facilities are available:

  • Books: Point in the purchasing office
  • Cardboard: Flatpack and take to point in the purchasing office
  • CDs: Point in the purchasing office
  • Clothes: Point in the purchasing office
  • Paper: White recycling bags can be obtained from the School Office
  • Plastic e.g. milk bottles: Kitchens and outside the lecture theatre
  • Cans: Kitchens and outside the lecture theatre
  • Batteries: Point in the purchasing office
  • Printer Cartridges/toner: Point in School print room
  • Noticeboard: A noticeboard highlighting environmental issues is located on the second floor of the original building and in M105 in the McClay building.

Details of further recycling facilities will be added to this page once they become available. Further information can be found in the A-Z Guide to Waste and Recycling


Reducing Waste

• Academic staff should add student resources to Queen's Online rather than hand out photocopies where appropriate.

• Tap water should be made available for meetings, vivas, etc. rather than bottled water.

• Where possible bring in a mug for tea/coffee rather than use disposable cups.

• If you are ordering catering from internal or external suppliers, please ask them to ensure that, as far as possible, they are using locally produced, seasonal food. This limits the air miles associated with food brought in unnecessarily from other countries.



Details on how to access the University by public transport, walking or cycling can be found via the Sustainable Travel webpage.

The Cycle+ scheme allows staff to purchase a bicycle and safety equipment, and receive National Insurance and Income Tax discounts through a salary sacrifice scheme. Further information is available at

Details of the nearest cycle storage are available at the university Cycle Plus site.

The nearest shower and changing facilities are available, free of charge to staff in the Whitla Medical building. The form to request access can be found here.

The cycle mileage allowance for travelling by bicycle on University business is 10p per mile Information on the University's car-sharing scheme can be viewed at or perhaps you could arrange to travel with a colleague if you’re both going to the same area for meetings, placement visits, fieldwork interviews, etc.

The University has an interest-free loan scheme for staff to buy bus or rail passes. Click here for more information


The School has a switch-off plan which involves a light, power and heat check.

Please switch off lights if you are last to leave a room, turn off appliances at the socket at the end of the working day and turn off any printers, chargers, etc during the day if they are not in use.

The university has teleconference and video-conference facilities that can be used as an alternative to travelling to meetings. For more information click here.

If you know of a problem with heating, draughts, or a dripping tap etc. please report it promptly to David McQuade.



Queen's has teleconference and video-conference facilities that can be used as an alternative to travelling to meetings. For more information visit


For further information please view the Carbon Management at Queen’s website 


If you are interested in more information on the School Green Impact plan then please contact Claire Lyttle.