Sustain Wales Awards 2016 | Sustainable FE/HE Institution

Sustain Wales Awards 2016 | Sustainable FE/HE Institution

The Sustain Wales Awards celebrate sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership across Wales. Our ambition is to seek out and  highlight outstanding examples that are helping to deliver the seven national goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, contributing to the environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability of life in Wales.

The application process has been designed to identify good practice in line with the five Ways of Working, outlined in the Act and applicants are asked to submit a project or initiative that has either been completed or has reached a significant milestone in the last year. Successful applicants must meet at least one Goal and three finalists are selected by an expert panel of judges to go through to the public vote.

Since the Awards were launched in 2015, we have received over 170 applications , providing a rich and varied library of sustainability stories backed up by evidence and practical examples of integration, long-term thinking, preventative action, collaboration and involvement.


The Sustainable FE/ HE Institution Award recognises the educational institution that demonstrates strong evidence of impact or innovation. This category had three exceptionally strong applications but Bangor University’s Sustainability Lab, covered all the goals as well as demonstrating a whole institution approach working with colleagues across the University, including Property and Campus Services, Human Resources, Information Services, and Bangor Students’ Union.


Bangor University – 2016 WINNER

The Sustainability Lab bringing sustainability to life at Bangor University


Bangor University has achieved ISO14001, multiple Green Dragon Awards, reached the top 5% of internationally recognised ‘green’ Universities, developed new assessment tools that are considered ‘best in Europe’, and begun to embed sustainability into core parts of the curriculum and student experience.  The Sustainability Lab at Bangor has developed partnerships as far afield as New Zealand and Uganda as well as regionally in Wales and the rest of the UK. Bangor University intends to become in all aspects ‘The Sustainable University’, aiming for an international reputation for commitment to sustainable development. The Sustainability Lab officially launched in October 2015 has run a number of energy saving and waste reduction campaigns and provides support to all university projects so they can demonstrate that they are embedding sustainable thinking.




Aberystwyth University

Sustainability Network Wales (A School University Partnership Initiative)


Sustainability Network (SusNet) Wales is a multi-disciplinary collaborative partnership between Aberystwyth University and schools engaging students, teachers and researchers in co-creation research-engagement, enhancing post-16 educational provision. Challenging and changing attitudes to research it inspires with contemporary research, showcasing research as a positive career choice and breaking down barriers to Higher Education. SusNet creates holistic, creative blended learning environments that raise ambition and promote social mobility in our unique, remote, rural-coastal community. The scheme explores key areas of research and sustainability and promotes social responsibility and social inclusion.


Wales Institute for Work-based Learning, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The Growing Workforces through Learning and Development (GWLAD) Project


The Growing Workforces through Learning and Development (GWLAD) Project was launched in November 2015 under the Wales Institute for Work-Based Learning at UWTSD. The project seeks to engage the private and third sector in South and West Wales to deliver truly sustainable education by supporting adults of all ages and experience levels to engage with higher education. The GWLAD project promotes more prosperous, equal, and resilient communities in Wales through focus on the themes of attacking poverty and social exclusion, equal opportunities, and sustainable development. Our partners in industry and the third sector work diligently alongside GWLAD lecturers and administrative staff and their employees to build programmes of study that meet the needs of the organisation incorporating the specific needs of businesses delivering a diverse range of services and products as well as the wider theoretical underpinning of modules in topics such as leadership and management, mindfulness in the workplace, human resource management and sustainability.

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