January 2014 Volume 11 No 1
In this issue:
Research project focuses on Essex village for quality of life audit Full story on page 32 >> Graduation ceremonies held in Botswana and Malaysia Full stories on page 8 >> Changemakers – looking for big ideas to enhance our students’ experience Full story on page 28 >>
Cambridge Ahead – growth agenda New business and academic group to help shape future
Bulletin January 2014 Volume 11 no 1
Anglia Ruskin ‘walks the talk’ towards sustainability The awards ceremony was held on 12 November in Derby, where 14 winners, 21 highly commended and three international winners were announced. Our sustainability projects were competing in three categories: • courses • research and development • student and staff engagement. Two entries were from our Global Sustainability Institute (GSI): in the course category was the new Masters degree (MSc) in Sustainability, and in the research and development category was a knowledge transfer partnership to run the East of England Adaptation Network jointly with Sustainability East. The third entry was from Lord Ashcroft International Business School (LAIBS) in the student and staff engagement category: the project ‘GoGreen Pilot’12: Employability, leadership and sustainability – Think big. Start small!’, which is funded by the Higher Education Academy in collaboration with the National Union of Students and the University of Bristol. Dr Beatriz Acevedo (director of GoGreen) attended the awards and said, ‘It’s a great achievement to be shortlisted, considering that we are such a small project of limited resources, competing with universities with dedicated teams and budgets. It shows that the idea has tremendous potential! Thanks to the support of the LAIBS directives, we have been able to get this far and the road ahead is promising!’ Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of LAIBS, Trevor Bolton, said, ‘The Green Gown Awards reinforce our commitment to embedding sustainability in our curricula, our dedication to supporting our students with their quest for employment and our striving to supporting our local communities.’
Dr Alison Greig, Director of Education for Sustainable Development and Romas Malevicius, PhD researcher in education for sustainable development in management studies (LAIBS).
Although the Anglia Ruskin sustainability projects weren’t among the winners, being a finalist represents a significant achievement and helps deliver against our Corporate Plan 2012–2014, where sustainability is one of the key priorities. This achievement shows that we do not just talk the talk, but also we walk the walk towards sustainability.
Anglia Ruskin continues to demonstrate excellence in sustainability, and we are very proud that three projects were nationally recognised in the prestigious Green Gown Awards 2013. The Green Gown Awards acknowledge exceptional environmental and sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK.
To find out more, follow these links:
In 2013, three Anglia Ruskin sustainability projects were shortlisted for the Green Gown Awards out of 216 applications.
Romas Malevicius PhD researcher, Lord Ashcroft International Business School
• GSI MSc Sustainability, www.mscsustainability.org • GoGreen Pilot’12 project, www.gogreenmovement.org • The East of England Climate Change Adaptation Network run by Sustainability East, www.sustainabilityeast.org.uk.