2019 Finalists

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

After a tough judging session, the applicants have been whittled down to 101 finalists across 14 categories.

This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ Finalists, representing over 1 million students and 162,000 staff, 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.

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

The list of the 2019 finalists can be found below with the Finalists' Flyer. Join us at the Awards Ceremony on 26th November at Glasgow Science Centre to see who is Awarded in these prestigious Awards. Find out more here


Green Gown Awards 2019 Finalists' Brochure from fgoodwin


View the 2018 Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland Winners' Brochure 

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

Benefitting Society#

Askham Bryan College - Three gardens - one lasting vision

Ayrshire College - #PassingPositivity Mental Health United

Cranfield University - Biodiversity refreshes a campus naturally

De Montfort University - Transforming Life
Behind Bars

Keele University - Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele - ‘CLOCK’-ing up 9,000 volunteering hours to provide access to justice to 4,000 people

London College of Fashion, UAL - Za’atari - living our future now

Loughborough University - Food + Wood

Northumbria University - Student Law Office - facilitating access to justice in the North East

Swansea University - SEE Change - delivering Social, Economic and Environmental benefits by being an anchor in the community

The University of Edinburgh - Digital Ambassadors

The University of Manchester - ScienceX - taking science to new audiences

University of Chester - Caring Cups for the Chester community

University of Glasgow & University of Strathclyde - Climate Ready Clyde - a partnership for a climate resilient city region

West Lothian College - West Lothian College: Men into childcare/forest classroom


Campus Health, Food and Drink

Cardiff Metropolitan University - Chilly’s - helping you stay hydrated while you are educated!

Dundee and Angus College - Putting planet before profit

Heriot-Watt University - Reverse vending: A pioneering Deposit Return Scheme

King’s College London - Opening a plant-based café at King’s

Prifysgol Bangor University - Think before you drink (Ystyried Cyn Yfed)

Schumacher College - Conscious food choices for sustainable living

The University of Edinburgh - Good food: Promoting healthy, sustainable and affordable food

University of Chester - Doing it the Chester Way - championing sustainable Palm Oil


Campus of the Future
Category Supporter: JISC

Northumbria University - Building the future through the lens of a student

UCL - UCL Student Centre – A truly ‘outstanding’ building for 21st century learning!

University of the West of England - UWE Beeline

University of the West of Scotland - UWS Lanarkshire Campus

University of Worcester - Redundant retail to dynamic art - SKA Gold refurbishment of a listed building

Category Supporter: CUBO

City, University of London - The GreenSpark Award

London College of Fashion, UAL - International Fashion Showcase

London College of Fashion, UAL - Transforming LCF short courses inside and out, from sustainable fashion courses to sustainable procurement practices

Nottingham Trent University - NTU Enterprise Week - empowering the sustainable innovators of the future

University of Leicester - Innovation for good: Social Impact Ambassadors Audits

University of Wales Trinity Saint David - Partnerships for sustainable enterprise: Rethinking Carmarthenshire’s economy together

Wiltshire College and University Centre - Apple Project

Money for Good

Middlesex University - Your sustainable campus - funding your ideas

The London Institute of Banking & Finance - Reaching further in LiFE: Making personal finance accessible

The University of Edinburgh - Investing for good: Social investment at the University of Edinburgh

The University of Nottingham - WasteNott spend more

University of Liverpool - Self-supply of water services and sustainable water supplies

University of the West of England - UWE Bristol Community Fund

University of Winchester - Ethical funds secured for Green building


Next Generation Learning and Skills

City of Glasgow College - Jewellery with a conscience

London College of Fashion, UAL - Better Lives Unit: Embedding sustainability, diversity and social responsibility in fashion education

Perth College UHI - Increasing employability in outdoor activities

The London Institute of Banking & Finance - REACH (Routes to Enhancing ACHievement)

The University of Edinburgh - Student Pathways: Developing professional skills for sustainable careers

University of Bristol - Unleash your potential: Sustainable Futures Online Course

University of Winchester - Climate 4 Change

West College Scotland - Eco Skills Academy


Research with Impact – Institution
Category Supporter: Emerald Publishing

Aston University - Circular plastic: From a plastic bottle to new products in low income areas

Coventry University - Promoting sustainability within the cut-flower industry

The University of Edinburgh - OPERAs Project: Ecosystem science for policy and practice - from local to global

University of Gloucestershire - Stopping the poachers: Building partnerships and low cost technological solutions for Rhino Conservation

University of Greenwich, LUPC partnership - EQUIANO - human rights risk assessment tool

University of Hertfordshire - Killer air: Improving the world though low-cost air quality monitoring


Student Engagement#

Ayrshire College - The Jo Love Soccer School

Canterbury Christ Church University - Evolving a Student Green Office

City of Glasgow College - Plant Your Plastics - City Goes Green

Dundee and Angus College - Project Plastic - putting planet before profit

Glasgow Caledonian University - GCU_SmartTravel - sustainable travel advice for commuters

Keele University - Weigh to Go - cutting plastic through the zero-waste shop at Keele SU

London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE funds the future - the Sustainable Projects Fund

Loughborough University - #SpitHappens

Nottingham Trent University - #NBSdiscover

University of Cambridge - Engage for Change - empowering students to lead positive sustainability action

University of Chester - Students ‘give it some welly’ with community conservation projects

University of Strathclyde - Strathclyde’s Global Student - using Vertically Integrated Projects to make a difference through useful learning


Sustainability Institution of the Year Award#
Category Supporter: EAUC

Aston University - To sustainable Aston and beyond!

University of Gloucestershire - System change not snake oil - the university with real ‘value for many’

University of Worcester - Small but mighty - University of Worcester punches above its weight

Tomorrow's Employees

Coleg Gwent - Cash4Change

Manchester Metropolitan University - CL4Ss action for climate change

Perth College UHI - Intergenerational physical activity projects in Care Homes

Perth College UHI - Passport to Sport

University of St Andrews - Green starts: A long term Sustainability Intern initiative


Total Reporting

Aston University

Keele University

King’s College London

London School of Economics and Political Science

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Manchester

University of Gloucestershire

University of the West of England

University of Worcester



Outstanding Leadership Team of the Year
Category Supporter: Interface

Aston University

Nottingham Trent University

University of Winchester


Research with Impact – Student

James Boyd, University of Leicester

Adam John Proctor, Keele University

Scott Stephens, Exeter College Technology Centre

James Turner, University of the West of England


Sustainability Champion: Student
Category Supporter: Salix

Tom Bedford, Keele University

GenGreen, London College of Fashion, UAL

Megan Youngs, The University of Sussex

Sustainability Champion: Staff
Category Supporter: Salix

Zulfi Ali, Canterbury Christ Church University

Sharon Boyd, The University of Edinburgh

Dr Peter Bradley, University of the West of England

Sam Gibbons, Keele University

Lauren Holmes, University of Chester

Social Mobility Student Success (SMSS) division, King’s College London

Dr Karen Thompson, Bournemouth University

FOOTNOTE: # Included in the International Green Gown Awards

Note on Climate Action Category: Climate Action is a hot topic with institutions needing to take a more holistic approach to achieving their targets. Newly introduced as a category this year, the judges decided to defer the category to next year and encourage the sector to step up to the mark to show real innovation and progression to meet 2030 targets.