Times Higher Education Awards 2013: Greenwich wins Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development

SML-THEawards-GreenwichThe University of Greenwich won the Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development award at the awards ceremony of Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2013 held in London on 28 November 2013.

The University of Huddersfield scooped the coveted University of the Year award at this ninth THE Awards, held in association with The Santander Universities Global Division and supported by the Higher Education Academy (The HEA).

The University of Greenwich won its award for its three year initiative which helped it to top the People and Planet Green League 2012, following a monumental ascent of 102 places. This achievement was a result of a ‘permaculture’ change framework, an approach focused on strengthening relationships for minimisation of energy consumption, environmental damage and waste and for maximisation of synergy, productivity and well-being. Developed under then head of sustainability Kat Thorne, this initiative led to a host of achievements, including a 22 per cent reduction in the university’s carbon footprint compared with 2005. According to judge Patrick Finch, bursar and director of estates at the University of Bristol, this methodology was ‘particularly noted as having clear potential for use by other institutions with similar ambitions to make a step change in their sustainability performance.’

A leading practitioner of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Simon Kemp from the University of Southampton, was adjudged the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year, mainly for its imaginative approach to teaching, particularly by putting students in high-pressure, real-life business situations in partnership with local businesses and organisations. ‘His imaginative approach to teaching sustainability and environmental management systems challenges and supports students to learn actively and to develop crucial employability and professional skills,’ said lead judge Philippa Levy, deputy chief executive of the Higher Education Academy.

The other awards with a link to sustainable development include:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community: University of Manchester for The Works project, which helps local jobseekers to improve their skills and employment opportunities
  • Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year: London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London for its project in which students worked with female prisoners to help them gain new skills and opportunities
  • International Collaboration of the Year: University College London (UCL) for its project on testing a new treatment for tuberculosis (TB) in Africa (a project that is part of a broader TB testing network focused on training African scientists, linking 12 African institutions with 11 universities in Europe)

Photograph of the University of Greenwich winners is from THE Awards website



THE (Times Higher Education) Awards 2013 website http://www.the-awards.co.uk/

THE Awards 2013 – Winners http://www.the-awards.co.uk/the2013/awardswinners/2013-winners

THE (Times Higher Education) website http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/

University of Greenwich – Centre for Sustainability http://www.gre.ac.uk/sustain

University of Greenwich – Sustainability blog http://blogs.gre.ac.uk/greengreenwich/

Santander Universities web page www.santander.co.uk/santanderuniversities

The Higher Education Academy http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/


Related news posts on Sustainable University News website (this website):

Greenwich tops UK People & Planet Green League 2012 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/greenwich-tops-uk-people-planet-green-league-2012/

Green Gown Awards 2013 – Winners and Highly Commended https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/green-gown-awards-2013-winners-and-highly-commended-2/

Manchester Metropolitan tops People & Planet Green League 2013 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/manchester-metropolitan-tops-people-planet-green-league-2013/

Sierra Ranking 2013: University of Connecticut is America’s greenest https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/sierra-ranking-2013-university-of-connecticut-is-americas-greenest/

Meridian: The greener recycling bin from Greenwich https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/meridian-the-greener-recycling-bin-from-greenwich/

UCL symposium focuses on Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/ucl-symposium-focuses-on-sustainable-resources-for-sustainable-cities/

HEA-NUS Report 2013: Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/hea-nus-report-2013-student-attitudes-towards-and-skills-for-sustainable-development/

UNEP publishes Greening Universities Toolkit https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/unep-publishes-greening-universities-toolkit/


Related posts on The Sustainable University Notes blog

Higher Education’s role in building a sustainable world http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/higher-educations-role-in-building.html

Pathways to a sustainable university http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/pathways-to-sustainable-university.html

EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University (Part 1): curriculum content and delivery http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/education-pathway-to-sustainable.html

Opportunities for integrating sustainability across curricula (Part 2 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/opportunities-for-integrating.html

University of Planetshire approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 3 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/university-of-planetshire-approach-to.html

Outputs of the University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 4 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/outputs-of-university-of-planetshire.html


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