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Westminster short-listed twice for prestigious sustainability award

25 May 2010

The University has been short-listed twice for the final stages of the prestigious Green Gown Awards as the search intensifies to find the UK’s most sustainable institutions.

Green Gown Awards logoTwo Westminster projects are included in the short-list for the Social Responsibility category, one of 12 that make up the 2010 Awards organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC).

The winning universities and colleges will be announced at the Green Gown annual awards dinner, due to be held on 16 June at the Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

A project earlier in the year to reduce water use in the University and our Scholarships Scheme that aims to produce socially responsible graduates are among the five entries to have been short-listed by judges for the Social Responsibility section.

The Water Amnesty project was a water savings scheme at Westminster and two other partner universities. It led to a 15 per cent reduction in one month in monitored use - and an “increased awareness among students and staff about the issues associated with water usage”.

The University’s Scholarship Scheme is the largest of any UK university with an annual value approaching £5 million. It has contributed to the development of countries around the world by producing “educated, enthusiastic and socially responsible graduates”.

Now in their sixth year, the Green Gown Awards have seen 66 institutions short-listed this year after a record number of entries. Among the bodies sponsoring the Awards are The Carbon Trust and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. 

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We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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