Press Releases 2017

UWTSD finalist for Green Gown Awards 2017

11.07.2017

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious Green Gown Awards 2017.

Green Gown Awards

UWTSD is among the 113 inspirational sustainability projects shortlisted awards across 15 different categories. The University, which has placed sustainability at its core through the institution-wide Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE), has been shortlisted in the Employability category.

This is the third year that UWTSD has been finalists in the Green Gown Awards and 2015 saw the University receive three awards and one commendation.

Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK and Ireland as the education sector leads a path to a sustainable future.
 
UWTSD has been shortlisted under the Employability category for inspiring the future generation with the INSPIRE Internships.

Dr Jane Davidson, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of INSPIRE said “This is great news that demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and our vision of creating a community of graduates that are fit for the future and equipped for their contribution to the economy, community and environment. Colleagues and students across the UWTSD Group have worked diligently to ensure that this important agenda is embedded throughout our core operations and culture.

“We are so delighted to be shortlisted in this category and to be recognised for our sector leading work.  UWTSD has placed sustainable development as a core value and aims to ensure that our students and graduates develop the skills and attributes that are required by employers and society across the world.”

The education sector is a critical player in ensuring the next generation is equipped with the skills and experience required to provide a sustainable future. The Green Gown Awards celebrate pioneers that are taking the bold steps that are necessary to develop resilience and adaptability and to showcase the education sector’s contribution to society.

“With the EAUC’s new strategy to reposition and align sustainability around key institutional priorities and challenges, this year’s Green Gown Award applications reflect the potential of sustainability to solve the sectors most critical problems. Every day, tireless environmental and sustainability leaders across the UK and Ireland are driving change and making sustainability just good business. The Green Gown Awards exist to give them the recognition and platform they need to do even more.” says Iain Patton, Chief Executive at the EAUC.

The winners will be announced at the prestigious Green Gown Awards Ceremony held at The Monastery situated in Manchester on 15 November, in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester.

The Sustainability Delivery Team's Internship Scheme is currently receiving applications in a variety of different fields including Blog and Design Support, Energy and Waste, Events and Campaigns, and Fairtrade and Sustainable Food. For more details about how to get involved with sustainability at UWTSD or to apply for an internship, please visit the website.

Note to Editor

2015’s Green Gown Awards saw UWTSD scoop three awards and one commendation.  The category for Best Newcomer – University was awarded to UWTSD for its Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resources Effectiveness (INSPIRE). INSIPRE is the University’s institutional approach to delivering sustainability through its culture, curriculum campuses and community. The judges described INSPIRE as delivering ‘strong institution-wide strands for sustainability, embedded at all levels of the University. It demonstrates a top-down structured approach with clear goals and good results’.

The Leadership Award was presented to Dr Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE at UWTSD. Dr Davidson established INSPIRE in 2012 before which UWTSD had no history of involvement in sustainability. Four years on, INSPIRE has won the Guardian Award for Sustainability in HE in 2013 and the Soil Association Gold Catering Mark for its support of local producers in 2014. In 2015, UWTSD rose from 113th in the UK and a 3rd class degree to a 1st class degree and 8th in the UK (1st in Wales) in the People and Planet University League.

The judges said: ‘Jane’s exemplary leadership demonstrated powerfully the role of a university as a catalyst for change and an ‘anchor’ institution impacting city/region and beyond. Jane has championed the embedding of sustainability throughout the university strategy. This is particularly powerful as the university is a dual sector institution, and this agenda connected the community during a time of change. Jane is an inspirational leader, charismatic and enabling of others - she is authentic and her passion has created a unique space for creativity and change led by others’.

The Sustainability Champion Award – Staff was presented to Luci Attala, Anthropology Programme Director at UWTSD. Luci believes that to stimulate genuine and lasting change people need to experience how their actions make a difference. Recognising that future leadership demands confident individuals who make clear, bold decisions, Luci works strenuously to empower undergraduates in diverse ways.

Her community work with students in Kenya was recognised with a UN Gold Star Award in 2014 and last year’s judges were impressed with the breadth, quality and scale of the work undertaken by Luci. She has embedded sustainability into the anthropology curriculum, influenced other academics to adapt their teaching and learning techniques and provided a significant amount of support to students to help them raise money for developing countries. Her passion for sustainability was described by the judges as ‘truly inspirational’.

UWTSD’s Gwenllian Beynon, Art and Design Senior Lecturer and Programme Director at UWTSD was highly commended in the Sustainability Champion Award category. Sustainable Pedagogy incorporating ‘social, economic, environmental and cultural’ values, is central to Gwenllian’s role in Higher Education. She has enabled students to study in their own language, to look at their own and global cultures, and to embrace sustainability in creative practice.

The judges were ‘impressed by the way in which she had embedded sustainability into her art and design course, developed the new Welsh language degrees and the international project with St Michael’s School to share sustainability expertise and learning across borders. The judges were also delighted to see the way that Gwenllian had involved the local community in her work – providing practical, sustainability experience for a student from the local school’.

2016 saw UWTSD shortlisted for two awards, Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change and Sustainability Reporting.

Further Information

Cate Hopkins
Press and Media Officer
E-mail: catherine.hopkins@uwtsd.ac.uk 
Phone: 07872 423 788