Meet the team

NTU has had a long tradition of placing sustainability at the centre of its teaching, research and resource management. A cross-university group "Beyond Greening the Curriculum" has developed into an influential Sustainability Action Forum which draws together NTU's work across all its areas of influence. This has resulted in a consistent top ten presence in the People and Planet University League table with three first places. NTU has also received EcoCampus Platinum and fifth place in the international UI GreenMetric league table. 

Within this the Green Academy started in 2014 as a Higher Education Academy Change Programme at NTU called Food for Thought. The project used food as a unifying theme to embed sustainability across the institution with a particular emphasis on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in both the formal and informal curriculum, as well as delivering the innovative Sustainability in Practice Certificate.

Find out about the Green Academy Food for Thought Project in 2014/15 PDF icon .

For more information on the Green Academy's work, please see:

MOLTHAN-HILL, P., PUNTHA, H.,DHARMASASMITA, A., HUNTER, K. and LAWE,B., 2017. Addressing food waste through university and community partnerships. In W. LEAL FILHO, L, BRANDLI, J., NEWMAN and P. CASTRO, eds., Handbook of theory and practice of sustainable development in higher education. Cham: Springer, pp. 339-413. ISBN 9783319478678

With its roots in the HEA initiative with the same name, the Green Academy started out as a fixed term project focusing on embedding sustainability through the topic of food. This chapter describes the projects that formed the starting point of the Green Academy's work at NTU, including projects such as the social eating initiative 'Super Kitchen' and other food-related initiatives. 

The Deputy Vice Chancellor is the strategic lead and Executive Team champion of Education for Sustainable Development across NTU. As a member of the original team developing the Green Academy she created the business plan to secure resources from the University for this initiative. After several iterations of this, using evidence of successful cross-university impact, the Green Academy is now a permanent department at NTU working to engage students with sustainability through the curriculum as well as through extra-curricular activities. 

The Green Academy works in collaboration with and with support from a variety of departments at NTU. This includes the delegates of the Sustainable Action Forum (SAF), the Trent Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT) group, Education for Sustainable Futures, Nottingham Trent Students Union (NTSU), Organisational Development, the Sustainable Development Team, the Volunteering Team, and the Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach Team (SCCO). The team is overseen by and reports to Eunice Simmons, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Meet the Team

Dr Petra Molthan-Hill - Associate Professor of Sustainable Management and Education for Sustainable Development, and Team Leader for NTU Green Academy 

Petra is an Associate Professor in the Nottingham Business School and leads the Greenhouse Gas Consultancy Project, which won the Guardian University Award in Business Partnership 2015. 

As Green Academy Team Leader she oversees the development of teaching methods on how to embed sustainability into various disciplines, from social science through medieval history to astrophysics. Her main research interest has been experiential learning methods and the integration of sustainability into the curriculum, but also the behaviour and sense-making of managers in cross-cultural comparisons. She has written her PhD, several articles and book chapters about these topics and is the lead of the Pedagogical Research in the Responsible and Sustainable Research Lab.

Petra edited the book The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Development, which has sold over 800 copies worldwide and is now adapted to include the Sustainable Development Goals in its second edition. Petra is the Academic Lead for UN PRME in NBS and the Co-Chair of the United Nations-PRME working group on climate change and environment.

Petra was awarded 'Sustainability Professional of the Year' at the Green Gown Awards 2016.

Helen Puntha - Green Academy Deputy Lead

Helen is a research officer in the Occupational Development team at NTU where she gained her MSc in Social Science Research Methods. Her current work is in the areas of research informed teaching, assessment and feedback and sustainability in the curriculum. She is Deputy Lead for the Green Academy and is a steering group member for the British Conference of Undergraduate Research. 

Aldilla Dharmasasmita – Green Academy Academic Associate

Aldilla is the Green Academy's Academic Associate, leading the Sustainability in Practice (SiP) Certificate whilst simultaneously doing her PHD on ESD in Business Schools context. The SiP Certificate is automatically available to all internal stakeholders across NTU, addressing contemporary sustainability issues using SDGs, either as a stand-alone module, or embedded and adapted into other teaching courses and modules. She also teaches Business Ethics and Sustainability to both undergraduates and postgraduates at NTU. Her experience includes supervising students in the greenhouse gas management consultancy projects at Nottingham Business School. Aldilla received her full-scholarship MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Nottingham, after completing a BA (Hons) in Business with a major in Operations and Data Analysis at Nottingham Trent University. 

Lina Erlandsson – Education for Sustainable Development Coordinator

Lina moved to the UK in 2014 after graduating from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden with a BSc in Political Science. She completed an MA in Politics at NTU before joining the Green Academy Team in late 2015. In her role as an ESD Coordinator, Lina works to embed sustainability across the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, the School of Arts and Humanities, Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham Law School and School of Social Science, and she also supports a wide range of sustainability projects at the University.

Vanessa Odell - Education for Sustainable Development Coordinator

Before joining the Green Academy team as an ESD Coordinator, Vanessa worked for Hubbub Foundation and Change Agents UK, specialising in behaviour change projects in food sustainability. Vanessa previously completed a BA in Business Management and Human Resource Management followed by an MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology at Keele University. Vanessa works with the Schools of Animal, Rural and Environmental Science, Art & Design, Science & Technology and Nottingham Business School to embed sustainability across the curriculum. She also works with Lina to support sustainability projects.