Travelling on University Business
It's important for the University to maintain it's excellent reputation and part of that involves national and international collaborations, conferences and working. For many staff at some point this is likely to involve travelling on University Business.
Emissions from flights are the only area of the University's carbon emissions that are increasing rather than decreasing. To help us address this please consider the following tips.
Think; is your journey actually necessary or would technology suffice? You can save yourself and your department time and money by using email, phone and online collaborations tools. Technology has improved greatly over the last few years; you can get everything you need from your desktop, but other facilities such as rooms for videoconferencing are available. Have you tried Office 365 and Teams at the University yet? Check out the University's How to set up and hold a conference call in Teams. See our 'Alternatives to travel' page for updates on technology provided by the University and flexible working information.
If you do need to make the journey, consider are there other options rather than flying?
Many European countries are now becoming more easily accessible through rail improvements, also helping to reduce journey times. These should be considered where applicable instead of flying; however, we understand that it is often not viable to replace flights with trains.
If travelling by train within the UK, split-ticketing might save you money - one website to highlight the options for this is https://split.traintimes.org.uk/
When booking any travel remember to use our contracted travel bookers and follow the expenses policy.
Some handy links if you're looking to book travel on University Business:
- University Finance pages on University Business Travel relating to Insurance
- Link to Procurement Travel expenses page
- Link to expenses policy
- Link to CTM contracted travel bookers
- Link to split ticket for rail discounts