Sustainable FE/HE Institution

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This category recognises the educational institution that demonstrates strong evidence of impact or innovation.

WINNER

Bangor University

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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.

 

FINALISTS

Aberystwyth University

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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

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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.