2023 Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland Finalists

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2023 Finalists - At a glance.

Visit the "showcase" to read up on all their incredible sustainability projects. 

We are delighted to share with you the Finalists for the 2023 Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland, in association with UKRI

Congratulations to our 102 Finalists representing 65 institutions. 

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony which will take place on Thursday 30 November at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool. Ticket sales are now open with early bird offers available until 8 September.

2023 Finalists


2030 Climate Action

Category Supporter: The Energy Consortium

Aberystwyth University - 2.5 MW private wire solar array
Bath Spa University - Bath Spa Phase 1 Decarbonisation
Keele University - The Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) & Low Carbon Energy Generation Park
Kingston University - Kingston University a whole-institutional approach to achieving net zero 
Maynooth University - The Road to zero – Maynooth University Grounds Department
North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College - Green footsteps - our sustainability journey
Oxford Brookes University - First UK university to retrofit new geo-exchange heating technology on campus
Scotland's Rural College - SRUC's Climate Change Action Plan
The University of Manchester - Zero carbon without a net
University of Plymouth - Charting a course for Net Zero 2025
University of Strathclyde - Manufacturing a climate neutral future

Benefitting Society

Aston University - Enactus Aston - Chance for change – Take the chance be the change. Sustain a plate!
Ayrshire College - Connecting Communities
Glasgow Caledonian University - Enabling student impact at Glasgow Caledonian University
Nottingham Trent University - NTU’s sustainability in enterprise: Driving sustainable growth for Nottingham’s SMEs
Robert Gordon University - Origin – the ability to sustain
University of Birmingham - Creation of a River Cole Community Commons in Birmingham


Campus Health, Food & Drink

Keele University - Keele University’s food and drink: Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do across campus
King’s College London - Feeding a changing world while minimising its carbon footprint


Creating Impact

Category Supporter: Scottish Funding Council

Central & South Scotland College Partnership - Enhancing sustainability impacts by sharing resources between FE Colleges
Dundee & Angus College - Breaking barriers and driving change: Where industry meets academia, magic unleashes!
Fircroft College of Adult Education - Learning via propagation
Heart of Worcestershire College - Small footprint – huge strides
Myerscough College and University Centre - Sustainability to the FORE!: Using research and education to support the golf industry’s environmental journey
Queen’s University Belfast - Queen’s Sustainable Lab Fund
Shipley College - A large SDG impact in the smallest FE College
University of Chester - Uniting the arts and science to act on climate change
University of Glasgow - Green Gowns & Second-Hand Suits
University of West of England, Bristol - Circular economy in action!

Digital Futures

Category Supporter: Jisc

Askham Bryan College  - Centre of excellence in mixed reality 
The University of Edinburgh - IT Reuse: Circular economy in action
University of Salford - Virtual Peel Park: Using digital tools to create inclusive natural environments or outdoor spaces

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Sustainability

Anglia Ruskin University - Energy SHINES 
De Montfort University - Decolonising and Decarbonising DMU


Money for Good

Lancaster University - Lancaster University Wind Turbine Community Benefit Fund
The University of Nottingham - Sustainable investments - positive impact


Nature Positive

De Montfort University - From grey to green – the transformation of a city centre campus
Durham University - Enhancing biodiversity at Durham 
Swansea University - Buzz across the Bay
The University of Edinburgh - Nature positive communities, campuses and cities
University of Derby - From dull green grass to beautifully wild – the story of our campus 
University of Worcester - Protecting and enhancing biodiversity at the University of Worcester for over a decade


Anglia Ruskin University - Ruskin Modules: Collaboration for sustainable change
Dundee & Angus College - Empowering Lives: Next-Gen Learning & Skills
Glasgow Kelvin College - Fighting Fast Fashion
Queen’s University Belfast - Embedding green and sustainable chemistry and 21st century skills into the chemistry curriculum
Schumacher College - MSc Regenerative Food, Farming and Enterprise: Soul, Soil, Society: Educating the next generation of students to tackle climate change by revolutionising our food system from the ground up
The University of Edinburgh - Case Studies in Sustainable Development
The University of Edinburgh - Edinburgh Earth Fellows: Student power in urgent climate research
University of Gloucestershire - An anti-greenwash framework to embed quality sustainability learning


Reporting with Influence

Category Sponsor: Hillside Environmental Services

University of Gloucestershire
University of Plymouth 
University of Worcester

Research with Impact - Institution

Category Sponsor: Praxis Auril

Myerscough College and University Centre - Effectively applying tree biology to an increasingly urban world 
University of Aberdeen - Making ends meet - transforming the readymade garment industry by amplifying the voices of those affected 
University of Aberdeen - Regenerating Scotland’s hemp industry for health, climate and a green economy
University of Leeds - Investing in the future - Gair Wood
University of Lincoln - Reversing the impact of coal for a climate positive future
University of Oxford - Oxford University Research Archive Climate Research Collection
University of York - Improving sustainable palm oil conserves biodiversity and reduces carbon emissions in the tropics

Student Engagement

City, University of London (LEAD - 10 UNIS) - London Student Sustainability Conference 2023
De Montfort University - The Daria Project
Durham University - Greenspace Movement. Small acts. Big difference
Kingston University - The Kingston Sustainability Innovation Challenge
London South Bank University - Energy Advice Centre at London South Bank University
The Students’ Union at UWE - Sustainable Periods Project 
The University of Nottingham - Conservation on campus - working together for a better future
University of Bolton - The Student Sustainability Panel 
University of Cumbria - Law for Living - curriculum through partnership 
University of Glasgow - Student 2 Student Essentials
University of Kent - Kent Community Oasis Garden- a collection of students, staff and community members working to create a sustainability and wellbeing hub around growing food
University of Leeds - A blueprint for engagement
University of Leeds - Student Sustainability Research Conference 2023
University of West of England, Bristol - Nurturing climate concern through learning, sharing, application and empowerment
University of York - University of York Sustainability Clinic


Sustainability Champion - Staff

Category Supporter: SALIX Finance

Anglia Ruskin University - Dr Zareen Pervez Bharucha
Bath Spa University - Julian Greaves
City of Glasgow College - Lisa McGovern
De Montfort University - Daria Brazhnyk
Dundee & Angus College - Steven Haden
Maynooth University - Maynooth Green Campus Committee Team
Nottingham Trent University - Sheri Scott
The Open University - Paul Astles, Kathleen Calder, Hayley Johns, Catriona Matthews, James Openshaw 
University of  Bristol - Josie Maskell 
University of Brighton - Dr Heather Baid, Alison Taylor, Joanna Holland, Kathy Martyn, Rachel Forss, Suze Thompson, Leonie Harrison and Johanna Alvarez
University of Highlands and Islands - Aimee Harvey
University of Salford - Gwen Riley Jones
University of Wales Trinity Saint David - Dan Priddy
University of West London - Peter Cross
University of West of England, Bristol - Jon Mulholland

Sustainability Champion - Student

Category Supporter: SALIX Finance

Cranfield University - Louisa Winch
Plymouth Marjon University - Katie Major-Smith
University of Aberdeen - Raghu Mahadevappa
University of Leeds - Hazel Mooney

Sustainability Institution of the Year

Category Supporter: EAUC

Northampton College - Go-Green Project empowers sustainable students
University of Oxford - Environmental Sustainability Strategy implementation 
University of West of England, Bristol - Transforming futures: Our path to 2030

Tomorrow's Employees

Falmouth University - The Falmouth Curriculum Ladder for Sustainability - a novel curriculum design tool that informs sustainability embedding in curricula at scale 
Scotland's Rural College - SEEDABLE: Graduates that will create a sustainable future
University of Plymouth - A sustainable shift – developing our future leaders in sustainability
University of Westminster - Mental health, design and wellbeing 
University of Westminster - The Cavendish Living Lab