2023 Awards Ceremony

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Now in its 19th year, the 2023 UK & Ireland Awards, in association with UK Research and Innovation, have celebrated this year’s winners at the Awards Ceremony, which took place at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool on 30th November. The evening showcased a diverse array of innovative projects that universities and colleges across the UK and Ireland are currently leading to create a positive change.

Visit the showcase here.

Download the Press Release here.

Our Co-Hosts

We are delighted to have Professor Peter Liss and Charlotte Bonner as our Co-Hosts:

Emeritus Professor Peter Liss, CBE, FRS

Peter Liss is Emeritus Professor at the University of East Anglia and currently Interim Executive Chair of NERC.  He is internationally recognised for his research on biogeochemical interactions between ocean and atmosphere. His work is helping to answer important questions about climate and other global changes.

He has served on a variety of key governmental, research councils and review panels, including chairing the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) for five years. From 2005 to 2011 he was on the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) and previously served on the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) for five years.    In 2014-15 he was Interim Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU).  He chairs the UK’s Marine Data and Information Network (MEDIN) and the Underwater Sound Forum.

Peter has received the Challenger Society Medal, the Plymouth Marine Sciences Medal and the John Jeyes Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry.  He is a guest professor at the Ocean University of Qingdao and an Adjunct Professor at Texas A & M University in College Station.  

Charlotte Bonner

Charlotte is the CEO of EAUC and Secretariat of the Green Gown Awards. She has over fifteen years’ leadership experience across membership and tertiary education organisations where she’s focused on business development, transformational engagement and policy and advocacy.

Most recently she was the Education and Training Foundation’s education for sustainable development (ESD) lead, and before that was a keystone of NUS’ sustainability work, most notably project managing the UNESCO ESD prize winning Green Impact programme from its inception. She is one of the co-founders of Students Organizing for Sustainability International. She’s previously held senior teaching associate positions at the University of Bristol and was a sustainability consultant working with private and public sector clients prior to her tenure at NUS.

Charlotte has an MSc in energy and environmental technologies, is a Fellow of the RSA and a board member at Change Agents UK.

Awards Ceremony information:

Drinks reception followed by gala dinner and Awards Ceremony, open bar, dancing and DJ. Ticket price includes the drinks reception, 3-course gala dinner, and table wine. In line with our sustainability policy, this will be a vegan meal.


19:00: Welcome Reception - Sponsored by the University of Liverpool
19:30: 3 course Gala Dinner (vegan menu) - Sponsored by the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
21:00: Awards Ceremony - Supported by Myerscough College & University Centre and St Helens College
22:15: Music/BAR - Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University
01:00: closure

Dress Code: Whilst this is a black-tie/gala event, it is inclusive of any kind of attire and we do encourage individual, regional, sustainably sourced, and ethical attire. 

The Drinks Reception: Our welcome reception is kindly sponsored by the University of Liverpool

As one of the UK's leading research institutions and a centre of world-class teaching and learning, the University of Liverpool is a committed to addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and driving forward the solutions and cultural change needed to move to a sustainable future. With an ambitious target to reach net zero by 2035, we are also taking our responsibility to address our carbon emissions seriously. As a key anchor-institution within the host city for this year’s Green Gown Awards, we are pleased to sponsor the drinks reception, where members of our sustainability team look forward to meeting with colleagues from across the sector.

The menu: Our vegan Awards Dinner is kindly sponsored by The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts - LIPA

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts is a world leading provider of university-level performing and creative arts training, an international community of creatives, performers, technicians, filmmakers and business people.  Sustainability is a key part of our ethos and ‘environment’ is a key pillar of our strategic plan, so we are delighted to be able to support the exciting meat-free menu for the awards dinner.

The entertainment: Our Awards Ceremony entertainment is kindly sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University - LJMU

Liverpool John Moores University is at the forefront of initiatives to tackle climate change. The climate crisis is the biggest emergency we face as a planet and LJMU is committed to playing a leading role in finding sustainable solutions. We believe in leading by example and we work closely with a wide range of partners to make a positive difference at a local, national and global level. Sustainability is embedded in every aspect of the university, as we work towards achieving net zero by 2035. We are delighted to be supporting this wonderful event and look forward to an inspiring evening.

Event partners: Myerscough College & University Centre and St Helens College

Myerscough College and University Centre supports the sector by undertaking exceptional sustainability initiatives, and always sharing best practice within the further and higher education sector. We are proud to create internationally renowned research with high impact within the land-based, sport, science and engineering industries. 

St Helens College 

The venue: Titanic Hotel Liverpool
Address: Stanley Dock, Regent Road, Liverpool, L3 0AN - 0151 559 1444 / info@titanichotelliverpool.com

Titanic Hotel Liverpool is located on Stanley Dock (Vauxhall), less than 10 minutes from the city centre and Lime Street Station, which has excellent services connecting all the major UK cities.

We encourage all guests to take public transport or car share (try Liftshare).

From Liverpool Lime Street Train Station (station map) to Titanic Hotel Liverpool, it is approximately 1.6 miles. Liverpool's main bus station (on Roe Street) is about 4 minutes’ walk from Lime Street station. 

Sustainability at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Titanic Hotel Liverpool is committed to working in a sustainable way to help protect the environment through reducing waste, saving energy and water usage. It operates  a zero waste to landfill policy with a dedicated sustainable waste management system in place within the hotel and event spaces.

As well as the usual sustainability initiatives you would expect to see from a modern hotel such as food and plastic waste and recycling, sourcing locally and educating staff on best working practices, it is looking towards a greener 2023 with its commitment to keeping the surrounding environment clean. The hotel hires a specially made boat from local marine and engineering company Liverpool Water Witch who are world leaders in waterway cleaning. The boat, manned by the hotel manager, Scott Davies, does weekly clean-ups in Stanley Dock, scooping up debris on the surface and just below which is then processed and separated through the hotel’s waste disposal system. You can read more about their sustainability initiatives here

A Brief History - Historical Liverpool Port

Stanley Dock sits at the heart of Liverpool’s docks – the largest and most complete system of historic docks anywhere in the world. Designed by the renowned Jesse Hartley, Stanley Dock opened on 4th August 1848. The north and south warehouses were built to a similar design to those at Albert Dock.

Millions of bricks, thousands of panes of glass and hundreds of steel girders go to make up what was once part of the life blood of the thriving Port of Liverpool – the warehouses. The docks at the mouth of the Mersey River, including Stanley Dock, pioneered modern dock technology, transport and port management.

The Titanic Hotel is part of the redevelopment of the historic Stanley Dock complex. It is located in what was the North Warehouse. The North Warehouse was built in 1846 and finished in 1854 and has been derelict for a number of years. Part of the North Warehouse was damaged in an air raid in World War II.  The Warehouse which is attached to the North Warehouse and built in the 1950’s, has become a major new conference, banqueting and exhibition venue for 21st century Liverpool.

Standing opposite the North Warehouse in the southern buildings is the grade II-listed Warehouse building which will be the location of the next phase of development of Stanley Dock with apartments, bars and shops planned. Care, sensitivity, and diligent planning have all been employed in restoring these buildings to maintain their majestic heritage and to breathe life once more into this once-vibrant area.


NOW FULLY BOOKED - The Titanic Hotel is a 4* hotel with 153 bedrooms and conference centre, serving British cuisine at Stanleys Bar and Grill. Spa. Car parking charges apply.

For other, more central hotels, we recommend you try hotel booking portals directly. Liverpool is busy this time of year, so please book your accommodation early.