2020 Finalists

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We are proud to announce this year's Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland Finalists, in association with UKRI

After a tough judging session, the applicants have been whittled down to 74 Finalists across 12 categories.

This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ Finalists, representing 45 institutions, 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.

The Finalists' Brochure is available here and an interactive version can be downloaded from the foot of the page.

Case studies and short videos/infographics are being collected from all the Finalists and, where supplied, are available on the Sustainability Exchange. Click each Finalist's link to go directly to their page.

Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland 2020 - Finalists' Brochure from Helen Exton


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

2030 Climate Action    Category Supporter: TEC

Aston University - Road to Zero at Aston University
De Montfort University - A whole university approach to carbon reduction
University College London - Change Possible: Action for a zero carbon UCL by 2030
University of Plymouth - Collaborating on a Net Zero pathway

Benefitting Society

Aston University - RWAD ("entrepreneurs" in Arabic)
Aston University - The Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme
Cardiff Metropolitan University - Repairing today for tomorrow
Keele University - SEND & KRISP: Supporting Staffordshire businesses for sustainability
Queen’s University Belfast - Creating our Vision for a Greener Future
The University of Nottingham - Vets in the Community - Pets need vets
University College Dublin - Hope Fest - a wellness and music event for Dublin’s homeless community
University of Derby - S.H.E.D (Social Higher Education Depot)
University of Greenwich - Innocence Project London 
University of St Andrews - Learning from Loss: Climate change, coastal heritage and community action
University of Wales Trinity St David - Reducing the Impact of 3D scanning methods for bespoke helmets for children
University of Wales Trinity St David - The Surgical Journey: Transforming patient outcomes


Campus Health, Food and Drink

Cardiff Metropolitan University - Cup, cup “n” away!
City of Glasgow College - City grows green
London School of Economics & Political Science - Nudge LSE to plant-based options
Sheffield Hallam University - Drastic and fantastic plastic reduction
University of St Andrews - Small changes for significant impact on sustainability
University of Westminster - Changing for good 
University of Winchester - Catering for Life
University of York - How to make a cup of (sustainabili) tea!


Campus of the Future

De Montfort University - Campus Transformation - A campus for the 21st Century
The University of Edinburgh - Greening our Campus and City
The University of Edinburgh - Our future is in our hands 
University of York - A second chance for single-use lab plastics


Category Supporter: CUBO

City of Glasgow College - Creating a Sustainable World through making
Galway – Mayo Institute of Technology - Educate to Innovate: Developing and sustaining Female Food Entrepreneurs 
Manchester Metropolitan University - Young Enterprise: How entrepreneurship and sustainability combine to form the DNA of successful start-up businesses
South Eastern Regional College - SERC Sustainable Student Enterprise 
University of Warwick - Warwick Enterprise: Summer Programme 2020 - Inspiring UNSDG innovators

Next Generation Learning and Skills#

Cardiff Metropolitan University - Housing Futures - sustainability skills at the centre of learning for future housing professionals
De Montfort University - Learning English through sustainability: Teaching international students English for academic purposes using the SDGs
Dumfries and Galloway College - Finally! Success with remote teaching and learning
North East Scotland College - Girls in Energy - A catalyst for change
Nottingham Trent University - Sustainability by Crowd - Using crowd research technique for making a more sustainable campus 
The University of Edinburgh - Collaborations for Change: Integrating the SDGs in Further and Higher Education through partnership
University of Gloucestershire - A Rounder Sense of Purpose
University of Gloucestershire - Radical Sustainability 
University of Salford - Collaboration: Learning and sharing together 
University of Salford - Extinction Rebellion Takeover - Creatives prove that change can happen


Research with Impact – Institution
Category Supporter: Emerald Publishing

Aberystwyth University - Domesticating the energy grass Miscanthus to combat climate change
Keele University - HyDeploy: A research and innovation partnership for decarbonising the nation’s gas network
The University of Sheffield - Desert Garden 
University of Glasgow - Digitalising sustainable consumption
University of Plymouth - Jali Ardhi: Care of the land
University of Plymouth - Tackling chronic lung disease in Africa


Student Engagement#

Anglia Ruskin University - Empowering the next generation for a sustainable creative sector and beyond
Buxton & Leek College - BLC: Keen to go green!
Durham University - Green Move Out - 15th Anniversary: Special edition for lockdown 2020
Edinburgh Napier University - It’s Time for Change - What will yours be?
Greenwich Students Union - EcoTeam
London School of Economics & Political Science - Plastic Free LSE
Queen’s University Belfast - Nurture and Grow: Connecting people through nature
The University of Sheffield - Powering ahead with a low carbon supply


Sustainability Institution of the Year Award#
Category Supporter: EAUC

Dumfries and Galloway College - D&G - A green region
Keele University - Creating change through collaboration
University of Gloucestershire - The Art of Sustainability - Strategy, resilience and creativity 
University of the West of Scotland - UWS delivering sustainability

Reporting with Influence

Aston University
University of the West of England
University of Worcester



Research with Impact – Student

Cibele Machado Fontoura, Kingston School of Art
Nalinee Netithammakorn, De Montfort University


Sustainability Champion: Student
Category Supporter: Salix

Meggie Eloy and Carla Field, University of Leicester
Charlotte Evans and Millicent Sutton, University of St Andrews
Margaret Jennings, Goldsmiths, University of London
Emma Kidd, Glasgow Caledonian University

Sustainability Champion: Staff
Category Supporter: Salix

Dr Maggy Fostier and Dr Ruth Grady, The University of Manchester
Grounds & Gardens Team, University of Leicester
Dr. Katherine Haxton, Keele University
Dr. Amanda Slevin, Queen’s University Belfast

FOOTNOTE: Categories marked# are included in the International Green Gown Awards

Note on categories. The Money for Good, Outstanding Leadership Team of the Year and Tomorrow's Employees categories will be open again for applications in the 2021 Awards cycle.