Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD most shortlisted for Green Gown Awards

07.07.2015

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is celebrating its success as the Green Gown 2015 finalists are announced today.

UWTSD is among the 85motivational and inspiring sustainability projects representing 51educational institutions across the UK – with a combined student population of 877,513students.  The University, which has placed sustainability at its core through the institution-wide Institute of Sustainable Practice and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE), has been shortlisted in all of the categories entered.

The Green Gown Awards provide universities and colleges with benchmarks for excellence and are well respected by governments, funding councils, senior managers, academics and students alike.

The UWTSD Group, which includes Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion, has been shortlisted in six categories representing cross campus initiatives as well as individual staff’s contribution to the sustainability agenda.   Dr Jane Davidson, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of INSPIRE has been shortlisted under the Leadership category, whilst Anthropology lecturer Luci Attala and Art and Design lecturer Gwenllian Beynon have both been shortlisted for the Sustainability Champion Award.

Other categories include Facilities and Services for the University’s approach to conducting cross-campus meeting (Modern Meetings@UWTSD), the Food and Drink category (Food for Thought) for University’s sustainable approach to sourcing food for its catering outlets and for which it has already been acknowledge with a Gold and Silver standards by the Soil Association.   Two of the University’s academic initiatives are recognised for Learning and Skills - Advocacy in the Anthropocene and An Inspired Education and Coleg Sir Gâr has been shortlisted in the Best Newcomer Category.

Dr Jane Davidson said “This is excellent news that demonstrates clearly the University’s commitment to sustainability.  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 delighted to be shortlisted in each of the categories entered and to be recognised for our sector leading work.  UWTSD has placed sustainable development as a corevalue 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 University was the first to be awarded a Guardian Award for Sustainability in 2013 and this year it received a 1st Class Honours in the National Union of Students’ People and Planet Green League making it the best in Wales and 8th in the UK for environmental performance.

Now in their eleventh year, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK. With sustainable development moving up the global agenda, the Awards are now established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability excellence within the tertiary education sector, as well as the environmental sector.

Every year the Green Gown Awards rewrite what business as usual looks like for UK universities and colleges. Sustainability makes business sense and this year’s inspiring initiatives prove that sustainability benefits staff, students, the wider community and of course the bottom line. Congratulations to all the finalists for their hard work and we look forward to celebrating their successes.” says Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC).

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the UniversityOn 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2

    The Green Gown Awards provide universities, colleges and the learning and skills sector with benchmarks for excellence and are well respected by governments, funding councils, senior managers, academics and students alike. The on-going popularity of the Green Gown Awards in the UK, which are administered by the EAUC and governed by a cross agency steering group, is further enhanced by its international presence: The Green Gown Awards are delivered on a regional basis in Australasia, UK and French speaking Europe and Canada. The winners of each region then go head to head for the coveted International Green Gown Awards: seeing the UK winners from the “Community Innovation”, “Continuous Improvement” and “Student Engagement” categories going head-to-head with the winners from Australasia and French speaking regions. The International winners will be hosted by the UK this year and announced together with the UK winners at the UK Awards Ceremony on 26 November at Brunel’s Old Station, Bristol.

Further Information

Media contact: Eleri Beynon 01267 676790

Helen Exton, Event Manager, greengown@eauc.org.uk, 07531 244208

Media pack: http://www.eauc.org.uk/gga_media_pack