As anchor institutions in their communities and cities, universities and colleges benefit society in many ways. This category captures the powerful and innovative ways education institutions are realising their purpose in today’s society to benefit the lives of individuals, communities and wider society. Examples will range from economic, social and environmental impacts with organisations and sectors outside the institution where innovative new approaches to bringing positive benefit can be found.
Although all applications will be considered on their merits, the judges will particularly be looking for innovative community engagement type of initiatives which have an element of proactive, new, community and social concern and positive impacts, rather than the very worthy and commendable ‘grass roots’ and ‘business as usual’ activities.
Amongst others, examples might include how an institution applies and exchanges its student and academic knowledge with communities or partner organisations, how it uses its finances and investments, how it designs and manages its campus - all to demonstrate its values and the positive value it brings to society. A powerful example of such innovative and proactive engagement is the Living Lab approach: establishing projects that draw on students’ curricular work or academic research to address real sustainability challenges in stakeholder partnerships with community bodies.
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Sustainable Young Minds - University joins forces with school and housing association to increase community recycling
End of term enters the circular economy. Closing the loop of circular economy during pandemic to support local community
Wild Connections - Windowsill Series
Impact tool: Community Carbon Calculator
Circular Textiles Greenwich
Supporting local action for a better Edinburgh
Climate Change Catastrophe! - a new show about climate change, made by kids, for grown-ups
Making the most of the coast - marine plastics
Hero’s Haven student society project
Low carbon SMEs