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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


Did you know?

Leaving your computer on overnight wastes enough energy to cook 6 microwave meals

Leaving one light on overnight for a year produces as much C02 as a car drive from Cambridge to Paris

Turning down the temperature by 1°C can save 8% of your heating costs


POLIS is committed to reducing the environmental impact of the department. We are a member of Green Impact Universities and Colleges, an accreditation and award scheme run by the NUS. For the academic year of 2020-21, we are aiming for the Silver Award.

Some of our ongoing Green Team projects are:

  • Signs in Alison Richard Building reminding people to switch off lights, reduce water use and recycle wherever possible
  • Tap water provided for departmental meetings
  • Water coolers linked to the mains, not using bottled water
  • Double sided printing used wherever possible
  • All visitors advised on public transport options
  • Staff encouraged to use environmentally friendly ways to get to work
  • Tele/Videoconferencing promoted for meetings
  • Green Team newsletter

If you would like to find out more about our Green Team projects, or have any ideas on other ways POLIS can reduce its environmental impact, please contact or come and see us in the POLIS office on the first floor of the ARB. 

For more information about Universities and Colleges Green Impact, click here


Green Team Travel Tips

Ways to travel to the Alison Richard Building

Park and Ride

Cambridgeshire County Council run a 'Park & Ride' service from Madingley Road, just off Junction 13 of the M11 to the West of Cambridge. Take the U bus and alight at the stop called 'West Road University Library', which is opposite the Alison Richard Building. For more information on the County Council’s Park and Ride listings click here.

By Bus

The U bus runs between Addenbrooke's Hospital and Eddington, via the railway station, Trumpington street, Silver Street and the West Cambridge site; and the Citi 4 runs between the bus station and the West Cambridge site. Buses run between about 7am and 7.30pm Monday to Friday, with buses between the West Cambridge site and the city centre 8am to 7.40pm Saturdays. There are four buses an hour at peak times, and three buses an hour off-peak. 

By Bike

For those wishing to cycle, there is a large covered bike shed alongside the Alison Richard Building, in addition to the numerous bike racks elsewhere on the Sidgwick Site.  

  • Did you know about the wonderful interactive online cycle map from CycleStreets? Find a safer, quieter or quicker route for you to cycle today:

We are also hoping to introduce a Pool Bike, available to borrow from reception, for quick trips around town. 

By Train

Trains run regularly to Cambridge from both London King’s Cross and London Liverpool Street. If you are coming from the North, it is advisable to change at Peterborough. The Universal Bus runs a direct route from the station to West Road.You will need the University Library stop, and the Alison Richard Building is on the opposite side of the road.