2018 Finalists

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We are proud to announce this year's Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland Finalists.

The 2018 Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland Finalists' Brochure and Guest Directory
(also available to download from the foot of the page)


After a tough judging session, the applicants have been whittled down to 87 finalists across 12 categories.

This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ Finalists, representing over 1 million students, 172,000 staff and a combined annual turnover of £15 billion, are leading the way with their commitment to the global sustainability agenda and proving the value that universities and colleges bring to the economy and society. The Finalists emphasise an institution’s role in enabling and empowering young people to tackle pressing global issues to ensure they have a better tomorrow.

Finalist submissions range from initiatives that tackle modern slavery to Parent Power in the fight against inequality. They include a partnership with Coca Cola that saves plastic bottles by providing reusable bottles with microchips and a soft drink dispenser that senses them, and the first UK university community fridge.

We are delighted to be able to share with you a snap shot of the all the Green Gown Awards 2018 Finalists’ projects which have been put together in the Finalists’ Brochure. It is truly an inspirational read and as well as providing an overview of each project, it also includes words of advice from each institution on their top project learnings. The Awards’ ethos is to share and promote sustainability within the tertiary education sector. Apart from being of great interest, we hope it inspires you to implement similar projects at your own institutions. We wish to thank all the Finalists’ for providing this information and we wish them all the best of luck on 8 November when the winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony which takes place at the National Railway Museum in York. 

Case studies and short videos/infographics are being collected from all the Finalists and we will let you know when these will be available on the Sustainability Exchange

There will also be a new twist at the prestigious Awards Ceremony. For the first time, attendees will be voting a winner for the new category ‘Outstanding Leadership Team of the Year’ live on the night!

The list of the 2018 finalists can be found below with the Finalists' Flyer and Press Release.


Finalists' Flyer and Press Release available for download at the foot of the page.

Benefitting Society#

King’s College London - Parent Power
Stockport Continuing Education Service - Turnaround - 360 degrees different
The University of Nottingham - Project SCENe: Sustainable Community Energy Networks
University of Edinburgh - A whole institution approach to combating modern slavery
University of Leeds - Positive Impact Partners: Building capacity through partnerships
University of Southampton - Uni-link buses for better air
University of Surrey – Source
University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion - Rethinking rehabilitation - connecting communities through craft
University of the West of England, Bristol - UWE supporting Bristol’s One City Plan
University of Worcester - Cross Atlantic project-based learning - a tale of two Worcesters


Campus Health, Food and Drink
Category Supporter: TUCO

King’s College London - Ditch disposables at King’s
Lancaster University - Campus Community Fridge – the first UK university community fridge
Liverpool Guild of Students - Campus compost collaboration
Sheffield Hallam University - Taste Hallam!
University of Greenwich - Reusable Cup Race
University of Reading - Sustain It Bottle

Campus of the Future
Category Supporter: The Energy Consortium

City of Glasgow College - New College new learning
De Montfort University - Campus Transformation – a campus for the 21st Century
Glasgow Caledonian University - Towards zero waste – mainstreaming waste minimisation and recycling
Newcastle University - From coal to cloud - Newcastle University Urban Sciences Building
University of Leicester - Leicester for Life
University of St Andrews - Catching fire for carbon reductions
University of the Arts London - Celebrate Camberwell!

Category Supporter: CUBO

Keele University - Utter Rubbish - an app to tackle fly tipping and improve recycling across the UK
Kent Union – EcoFeast
Newcastle University Student’s Union - Stu Brew - Europe’s first student-run microbrewery
Prosper Social Finance CIC and the University of Edinburgh - Prosper Social Finance
The University of Nottingham - Light up your life: Liter of Light Nigeria
The University of Sussex - Project 36 – Nepal
University of Brighton - Green Growth Platform - connect, innovate, grow
University of Essex - SHE Inspires

Next Generation Learning and Skills

Ayrshire College - Green Teachers
Sutton College - Looking for those that care
University College of Estate Management - Sustainable futures through online learning
University of Plymouth - Embedding sustainability in the global nursing curriculum
University of Salford - BEST learning for next generation sustainability
University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion - Fashion and sustainability: Understanding luxury fashion in a changing world
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David - On-line Certificate: Sustainable Development and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act


Research with Impact – Institution
Category Supporter: SALIX

Aston University - Seawater greenhouse technology enables drought-proof agriculture
University of Leeds - Leeds Living Lab: Where knowledge grows
University of the West of England, Bristol - LOOSing Water
University of the West of England, Bristol - Our future with clean air: ClairCity citizen-led air pollution reduction in cities


Student Engagement#

Bath Student Community Partnership - Our Shared City Move-Out Campaign
Cardiff Metropolitan University - Living the green and not just a dream
Glasgow Kelvin College - Glasgow Kelvin Velocity: The wheels of sustainability
Glasgow Kelvin College - Integrating sustainable inclusive social practice
Keele University - The Great Donate
Northumbria University - Strategic partnerships embedding long term positive change
Nottingham Trent University - SDG Visual Displays project
Staffordshire University Students’ Union - Staffs TV does Top Gear
The Students’ Union at UWE - Bring Your Own Bowl
University of Lincoln - Digital student partnerships - boosting employability and engagement
University of Southampton - Meliora: a student international sustainability research symposium and journal series
University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion - LCF x ASOS visioning the circular economy


Sustainability Institution of the Year Award#
Category Supporter: EAUC

Keele University - The difference that makes the difference
Manchester Metropolitan University - Let’s make a sustainable planet: Marking a decade of inspiration,
innovation and impact
Nottingham Trent University - Here for current and future generations
University of Edinburgh - Delivering positive impact for society
University of Worcester - Small but mighty - University of Worcester punches above its weight

Tomorrow's Employees

University of Leeds - The architects of possibility - Leeds' students are shaping the future
University of Leicester - Leaders of the future: Think beyond the headlines
University of Oxford - Student opportunities and Training Better Leaders 
University of the West of England, Bristol - Graduates responsible for a sustainable future
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David - UWTSD Carmarthen Business School: Rethinking Business for a Changing World

Total Reporting

London School of Economics and Political Science
Manchester Metropolitan University
University of Gloucestershire
University of Leeds
University of Worcester


Outstanding Leadership Team of the Year
Category Supporter: Interface

Keele University
University of Edinburgh
University of Gloucestershire

Research with Impact – Student
Category Supporter: SALIX

Alex Dixon - Exeter College Technology Centre  
Hannah Sellers - University of Leicester
Katherine Piper - University of the West of England, Bristol

Sustainability Champion - Student

Margaret Jennings - Goldsmiths, University of London
Ross Perrett - University of Leicester
Lizzie Rhoades - University of Edinburgh
Amy Bernice Staff - The Students’ Union at UWE


Sustainability Champion – Staff

Matthew Bennett - University of East Anglia
Deborah Coles - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Claudine Henry - University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion
David Johnston - University of the West of Scotland
Dr. Smirti Kutaula - Kingston University
Paul Murray - University of Plymouth
Darren Procter - Sheffield Hallam University
The King’s Libraries Team - King’s College London

FOOTNOTE: # Included in the International Green Gown Awards