Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Global Climate Strike

Monday 16 September 2019

AMDC and ATC buildings in Hawthorn captured in the morning on the first day of semester 2015.

Swinburne Vice-Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson AO, says universities have an important role to play in preparing tomorrow’s leaders to contribute to a sustainable future.

In summary

  • A message from Swinburne Vice-Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson AO, about the Global Climate Strike on Friday 20 September

As you may be aware, there is a Global Climate Strike on Friday 20 September, which some of you may want to attend.

I encourage Swinburne students and staff to engage with the important issues of our time. If this is a matter that is important to you, Swinburne respects your right to have your voice heard. 

Information for students

If you decide to participate in this climate action, Swinburne will support you where practicable so that your education is not adversely impacted.

Please be aware that some courses have Australian government attendance requirements and it is important that you meet your obligations in this regard. Please contact your unit convenor if you have any questions or concerns about attendance requirements.

You should meet your assessment commitments, including learning activities such as group assignments. Where possible, Swinburne will make alternative arrangements for in-class assessments scheduled for Friday 20 September. Please contact your unit convenor to confirm requirements.

As always, you may take advantage of tools such as online materials, which enable you to keep up with your learning if you decide to miss a class to attend the climate strike.

Information for staff

If you wish to participate in this climate action, please speak with your manager to confirm that it does not interfere with operational requirements.

Sustainability at Swinburne

We recognise that as a leading university we have an important role to play in preparing tomorrow’s leaders and decision-makers to contribute to a sustainable future.

Swinburne is a signatory to the Australia/Pacific Regional Network of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, supporting and promoting the principles of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Swinburne’s Responsible Investment Charter commits the university to take account of environmental and social impacts in the investment choices we make.

Sustainability is embedded in our research and curriculum, as well as in the design, construction and management of our campuses.