UWTSD receives 2 nominations at Green Gown Awards


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is proud to have been shortlisted as a finalist for two categories in this year’s Green Gown Awards.

Carolyn Hayles

The University, which has placed sustainability at its core through the institution-wide Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE), has been shortlisted in the Tomorrow’s Employees category and the Next Generation Learning and Skills category for initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations.

The initiative nominated for the Tomorrow’s Employees category is UWTSD Carmarthen Business School’s Rethinking Business for a Changing World, which aims to place sustainability at the heart of business education by offering programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level that approach all aspects of business and management through a sustainability lens. Dr Louise Emanuel of Carmarthen Business School said: “We are delighted to be a finalist in the Tomorrow's Employees category; within our programmes we endeavour to prepare our graduates for the business needs of tomorrow and we hope that they will be part of changing the nature of business.”

Louise Emanuel

The project nominated for the Next Generation Learning and Skills category is the On-line Certificate ‘Sustainable Development and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.’ This course, delivered by the INSPIRE institute, has been led by Dr Carolyn Hayles, Academic Lead for INSPIRE and developed by a team of academics from the University. Dr Hayles said: “I am very pleased that we have been nominated for a Green Gown this year.  The nomination reflects the dedication and hard work of the whole certificate team in delivering this institution-wide course.”

Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability, and Director of INSPIRE, said: “A university’s primary role is to educate current and future generations for whatever challenges lie ahead. UWTSD’s commitment to ensuring that our students - tomorrow’s employees – are exposed to next generation learning and skills is absolute. I commend colleagues on their exciting work delivered in partnership with employers and other organisations which will ensure benefit current and future generations.”

The Green Gown Awards are administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC). Iain Patton, Chief Executive at the EAUC, said: ““The EAUC has really stepped it up a gear this year with its commitment to the SDGs and partnership working. This has been driven by the post-16 education sector and its commitment to the Global Goals. The Green Gown Award applications show the truly pioneering initiatives being borne in post-16 education. Every day, tireless environmental, social and sustainability leaders across the UK and Ireland are driving change and showing the value universities and colleges bring to the economy and society. The Green Gown Awards exist to give them the recognition and platform they need to share their learning and do even more.”

Note to Editor


The Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE), directed by Dr Jane Davidson, was launched in January 2012, and has developed cross institutional activity in 2013 and 2014.  The University's Strategic Plan‌ makes the commitment of the University clear through key performance indicators to embed sustainability as a core principle across all aspects of the University.

The University has been working alongside other universities across the UK through the Higher Education Academy's Green Academy programme to embed sustainability within its core operations and culture.  Our ‘fit for the future’ framework aims to embed sustainable development through our curriculum, campus, community and culture.

Through INSPIRE we aim to:

  • develop curriculum-related delivery to ensure that our students are provided with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will equip them for their future contribution to the economy, community and environment;
  • develop our campuses to the highest standards of environmental performance
  • contribute to our communities by giving particular regard to issues of sustainable rural communities and the development of south west Wales as a low carbon region
  • develop a research and innovation capacity focused on the core strengths of the University.


About the Green Gown Awards

Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK and Ireland. With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the further and higher education sector.

About EAUC

The EAUC represents institutions with over 2 million students and nearly 400,000 staff with a spending budget of over £25 billion. They exist to lead and empower the post-16 education sector to make sustainability 'just good business'.

Further Information

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