Overview of Network Activities

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 training to civil servants and others responsible for delivering COP26 and related events.
  • 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), and to draw them to the UK for the COP26 meeting itself. 
  • 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, potentially including a green careers fair.
  • Develop innovative opportunities to engage the broader UK public in climate solutions on the road to COP26. 

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 over the coming year; 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. 
  • Engage actively with the student community to help make COP26 a success. 

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 on the road to COP26 and beyond. 

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 of COP26.