This category recognises the importance of research and development by tertiary education as a driver of sustainable development. As claims of impact from research and development can be difficult to judge, entries are sought which:
Note that adoption or dissemination measures will not be considered sufficient evidence by themselves – there needs to be a further stage of demonstration that adoption or dissemination has actually produced results.
Possible activities include:
Eligible entries can include both large-scale projects with major impacts as well as small-scale projects that provide tangible impacts in focused areas/technologies, or amongst specific target audiences.
In line with the broader sustainability agenda, judges will be keen to see evidence, if applicable, to the project on carbon reduction. However judges will consider how effective carbon reduction has been applied to the project in a broader sustainability context rather than awarding significant weighting to this element. Therefore, projects not containing this element are still encouraged to apply. Where applicable provide quantitative clear data to support claims being made and include overall tonnes of CO2 saved using the DEFRA/DECC conversion factors -http://www.ukconversionfactorscarbonsmart.co.uk/. Include, where appropriate, metrics such as: carbon savings relative to output/activity.
Research and development with regard to social sustainability issues (e.g. community development; achieving social inclusion; and assisting very disadvantaged people) should be entered under the Community category.
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Changing food waste behaviours Food waste is one of the most significant environmental and social problems facing society. This landmark study field-tested the influence of a...
My star fish have fins! The StarFin project is an example of how innovation driven by sustainability can be achieved in a university environment. Universities have at their...
The “Toon Monsoon’s” silver lining - Climate change adaptation at Newcastle University Climate change predictions suggest that severe weather events...