UWTSD looks forward to the Sustain Wales Awards


This Thursday (November 17th), the winners of the 2016 Sustain Wales Awards will be announced at an event in the Senedd, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to be involved – as a participant, sponsor and a nominee.

The 2016 Awards will be the pinnacle event in the Cynnal Connect calendar, bringing together over 150 business leaders, innovators, community pioneers, educators and their teams. The event will celebrate sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership across the whole of Wales in a range of different contexts.

Selected by an expert panel of judges and receiving over 11,300 individual votes by the public, the Awards recognise the innovative and inspirational people, projects and organisations that are leading in the field of sustainability.

UWTSD has placed sustainability as a core value across the institution and is proud to be involved with the Sustain Wales Awards once again this year, with Dr Jane Davidson, the University’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Sustainability and Engagement, the guest speaker for the evening.

Dr Jane Davidson is also the Director of the University’s pioneering Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resources Effectiveness (INSPIRE).

INSIPRE is UWTSD’s institutional approach to delivering sustainability through its culture, curriculum campuses and aims to ensure that students and graduates develop the skills and attributes that are required by employers and by society across the globe.

UWTSD is also sponsoring the Sustainability Champion category and is delighted to have been nominated for projects in two different categories.

The University’s GWLAD (Growing Workforces through Learning and Development) Project is an exciting work-based learning initiative that’s been nominated in the Sustainable FE/HE category.

GWLAD was launched in November 2015 as a project within the innovative Wales Institute for Work-Based Learning at UWTSD. The project seeks to engage the private and third sector in South and West Wales to deliver truly sustainable education by supporting adults of all ages and experience levels to engage with higher education.

The GWLAD project promotes more prosperous, equal, and resilient communities in Wales through focus on the themes of attacking poverty and social exclusion, equal opportunities, and sustainable development.

“We are delighted that the Wales Institute of Work-based Learning's Growing Workforces through Learning and Development (GWLAD) Project has been nominated in the 'Sustainable FE/HE Institution' category of this year's Sustain Wales awards,” says Stephanie Meyer, a Lecturer on the project.

“Universities across Wales are leading the way in making sustainable changes to our practices and our programmes, and we believe that the GWLAD Project is a unique representation of these changes in action. By bringing higher education at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level directly into the workplace, this innovative project works to address not just environmental sustainability, but also social and economic sustainability of the South and West Wales communities we call home,” she adds.

The work of another University related project has also been nominated for the Sustain Wales Award – this time in the Sustainable Public Service category.

The office of the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner has been nominated for its work with Help Point – a highly respected and scheme based in Swansea. Help Point is funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner and is run by St John’s Ambulance, South Wales Police alongside UWTSD student volunteers. 

Help Point was started back in September 2014 and is open every Wednesday and Saturday night and on key Friday nights and Bank holidays. Its purpose is to help vulnerable, injured and intoxicated people in the night time economy of Swansea, and to date has dealt with nearly 2000 people.  The students play a crucial role in patrolling the area, working with door staff, the police and CCTV to identify vulnerable people.

Bronwen Williams, a Public Services lecturer at UWTSD and part of the of the Help Point strategy team, is extremely proud of the scheme and of the Public Services students that work tirelessly to male Help Point such a success.

“The award nomination is yet another endorsement of the work of Help Point and its example of good practice,” says Bronwen.

“The Help Point is an excellent example of multi-agency working.  Over the past two years, multiple organisations have been involved in making it a success.  There have been a reduction in A&E admissions; a reduction in the number of ambulances to the city centre and a reduction in the time police officers are taken off Wind Street.  The potential harm to vulnerable people has also been reduced significantly thanks to the Help Point scheme.  

“This is a shining example of public sector organisations working together to reduce the impact of the time economy on the emergency services. It is also demonstrates how volunteers can help public sector organisations deliver enhanced services,” adds Bronwen Williams.

For more information on the Sustain Wales Awards and for a full list of nominees, go to http://www.cynnalcymru.com/2016-finalist/

Further Information

  1. For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 07449 998476