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.
Activities which have a substantial student element should be submitted to the Student Engagement category. This category replaces the former Community category and the 2 year rule applies.
The Winning entry will automatically be put forward for the International Green Gown Award for Benefitting Society.
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Cross Atlantic project-based learning - a tale of two Worcesters
UWE supporting Bristol’s One City Plan
Rethinking rehabilitation - connecting communities through craft
Uni-link buses for better air
Positive Impact Partners: Building capacity through partnerships
A whole institution approach to combating modern slavery
Project SCENe: Sustainable Community Energy Networks
Turnaround - 360 degrees different