Academic Waste

Helena Lacey


Final year Fine Art Student Helena Lacey has created the art installation, Academic Waste, which takes waste from three academic departments and displays them in Perspex tubes.


The tubes contain broken glass to represent chemistry, paper to represent English and metal offcuts to represent engineering. The locations are placed on the campus outside the Students Union, in the Armstrong Quad and in the Claremont quad.



The aim of the artwork is to encourage staff and students to think about the waste materials that are produced during a typical day on the campus and to promote the importance of recycling these materials.

To find out more about what you can and can’t recycle, check our waste and recycling pages.

It is hoped that the artwork will also act as a reminder of the work that goes into ensuring that waste is collected and recycled across the campus, particularly among the cleaning teams. It is important to ensure that any potentially hazardous items, such as glass bottles and broken glass, are kept out of the general waste stream to avoid potential injury to the member of cleaning staff collecting the waste. If you are ensure about what to do with waste glass, please contain contact a member of the cleaning team who will be able to advise you.