Stage 2 applications should be submitted to the EAUC by 12 noon on 7 September 2023.
No background material or appendices etc. will be accepted and examined for Stage 2 applications, so please do not send this.
Only those shortlisted as a Finalist from the Stage 1 process are eligible to complete and submit a Stage 2 application form. Applications which stand out through their clear signalling of achievements, succinct descriptions of work done and benefits achieved, and the provision of quantitative information, will have a greater chance of impressing the judges. The maximum length for the Stage 2 application is 2 pages plus the cover page - so to be clear this is 3 pages in total.
Please note that on the Stage 2 judging day, judges will be looking at your stage 1 application entry, their feedback to you on improvements and suggestions to include in your Stage 2 entry, your response to these questions and your Stage 2 application entry.
The only exceptions to this are:
The Reporting with Influence category where there is a separate Stage 2 submission for updated URL links (since original submission) and answering judges' questions. This form will be sent to you via email. You must return to us by noon on 7 September 2023. On judging day your already submitted Stage 1 submission and (updated) URL link(s)/your answers to any judges' questions, will be used.
As a reminder, category descriptions and criteria can be found here.
A more concise entry showing an improvement from your Stage 1 application. In your confirmation email which contained your Green Gown Awards Application Form, you would have received the judges’ comments/questions giving you feedback on your Stage 1 application (these are found within the form at the start of the Stage 2 section) . It may identify areas where perhaps you are able to improve upon/include/go into more detail in your Stage 2 entry. We encourage you to consider their questions in your Stage 2 application. (Please note that your Stage 1 entry is locked for editing. You are only to fill in the Stage 2 section).
Applications that stand out through their clear signalling of achievements, succinct descriptions of work done and benefits achieved, and the provision of quantitative information, will have a greater chance of impressing the judges.
The judging will be based on a composite view of the application, taking account of the following criteria, and the specific nature of the Award category:
Please cover the following header topics in your application – and please update and include any new materials which have been added since the Stage 1 application (you must only write in the Stage 2 section - Stage 1 is locked for editing):
Stage 2 section:
Page 1 (Cover Page)
►Addressing judges’ questions to your Stage 1 application – This is your chance to directly address any comments the judges provided from your Stage 1 application. This is an excellent opportunity to improve your application by addressing key areas they raised/or requests for further information.
►Leadership and Engagement - How does your project fit within your wider institution’s strategy, value and ethos? How have you demonstrated leadership in communicating your initiative? What ways you have involved others in your project. This could include other departments/faculties, the local community and industry, as well as what communication about the project has taken place. Judging: This section has a maximum score of 10. Please provide the above answers in the relevant boxes.
Note: If you are applying for a category linked to an International Green Gown Award (2030 Climate Action, Benefitting Society, Creating Impact, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Sustainability, Nature Positive, Next Generation Learning and Skills, Sustainability Institution of the Year and Student Engagement), all questions must be completed in full (dissemination/ replication, project reach and scale of impact wider than the sector and the wider societal and graduate employer impact) as this forms part of the judging criteria for the International Awards.
►Significance for the Sector - Please summarise what you feel is distinctive about your proposal e.g. originality; replicability through the sector; outstanding example of best practice; application of new technology, process or approach; new application of an existing product. Describe learning from the initiative that could be of relevance to other institutions. Evidence of transfer to other institutions should be provided where available. Please Indicate what ways you have involved others in your project. This could include other departments/faculties, the local community and industry, as well as what communication about the project has taken place. Where possible include examples of engagement and/or the communication processes. Judging: This section has a maximum score of 10.
►Wider Societal Benefits - Please outline the wider societal impact and value of your application. What is the impact of your application to society outside of your institution, staff and students? What is the legacy of your application as it benefits wider society? Did your project help widen participation? Provide evidence of the impact. Judging: This section has a maximum score of 10.
►Learner/Graduate Employer Benefits - Please outline the benefit and value of your application to learner/graduate employers. How has your application improved learner/graduate employability attributes that will attract them to potential employers? What is the legacy of your application as it benefits learner/graduate employers? Provide evidence of the impact. Judging: This section has a maximum score of 10.
►Updated information – to include any relevant, new material since your stage 1 submission. Please provide clear headings.
You must not exceed the 2 page limit, plus 1 page cover (so 3 pages in total for the Stage 2 section). You may delete the red text at the foot of page 3 to provide more room.
For the Research with Impact - Student, and Sustainability Champion Awards - Staff and Student, please follow the same guidelines as above but note the following exception:
►Leadership and Engagement - Please summarise what you feel is distinctive about your actions. How does your role sit within the institution’s strategy, values and ethos? Have any of your actions had an impact in this area? Also include information on any communication/engagement about your actions. Include numbers involved. Judging: This section has a maximum score of 10
We will have confirmed with the main applicant which institution is the leading institution and the Award will be made out to the lead institution only. However, we recognise that partnerships can have a significant role to solving sustainability issues and these will be recognised – if appropriate - in the form of a group/partnership name.Special Note for Applications from Smaller Institutions
We ask you to check your annual turnover (in £millions). A small institution is labelled as one with an annual turnover of £50 million or below. If the Stage 1 number you originally provided is incorrect, then please include the correct number in your Stage 2 application (if above £50 million). If it is correct, please ignore.
To make a strong application please provide facts and figures to support your application and meet all the criteria within your chosen category. You should also include the following generic criteria: