We have several ongoing strands of work, coordinated by a small steering committee. Through these activities, noted below, we will showcase the UK's efforts on climate change to the international community; demonstrate the power of UK universities and world-leading science in innovation in contributing to the changes necessary; and exemplify how UK universities can work together on this important shared priority. 

Sharing knowledge

  • Write targeted and strategic briefing notes (approximately 15) on key issues relevant to COP26. 
  • Provide direct support to the COP26 team in the form of evidence, advice, access to experts etc. through to a formal scientific expert group or groups. 

Communications and media

  • Promote our briefing notes and other material to important audiences. 
  • Provide access to academic experts for media from local to international level, and others through a database and website available on the University of Glasgow website. 
  • Engage with the media (TV, radio, social media, newspapers & magazines).
  • Mobilise our staff and students to provide a broad cohort of experts to the cause.

Partnerships and engagement 

  • Work closely with others to share our evidence and our strategic messages, including briefing papers, by e.g. hosting roundtables and meetings. 
  • Use our international reach (alumni, collaborators, institutional links) to support efforts overseas (organised by the FCO and British Council).
  • Coordinate well with the work of complementary partners e.g. the Academies and learned bodies.
  • Work closely with practitioners e.g. in the adaptation space, to share lessons at the boundary of academic expertise and practice. 

Education and skills 

  • Work with different parts of Whitehall to develop a long-term perspective on skills for a net zero, resilient UK, and contribute actively on the role of the HE sector in that journey. 


  • Promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and showcase start-ups in the climate change space.
  • Develop innovative opportunities to engage the broader UK public in climate solutions.

Net zero universities 

  • Take action on our own campuses to move towards net zero. 
  • Use our educational remit to develop bespoke and relevant educational offerings to our students; contribute to discussions about education and skills to tackle the climate challenge; and promote climate change and climate change–related science and research on the academic curriculum.

Cities level engagement

  • Use our position as anchor institutions in our cities to engage and mobilise key city actors, stakeholders, and communities in delivering net zero emissions targets. 

Public engagement

  • Share best practice with the academic community on public engagement on climate change. 
  • Coordinate, share, and perhaps instigate talks, panel meetings and events, including public events on our campuses. 

Expert subgroups

  • Identify subgroups of expertise to provide knowledge support for government on targeted scientific themes.