Double success in the Association of University Directors of Estates Awards

At a national awards ceremony, the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) gave the University their award for Impact Initiative of the Year for two of our social responsibility signature projects – 10,000 Actions and the Sustainability Challenge.

The Sustainability Challenge was rolled out across campus last September with almost 5,000 new students assembling into probably the largest project team in history. Their mission was to work together to design a new campus for the fictional ‘University of Millchester’.

Working in groups with people they often hadn’t met before, the students had to incorporate costs and energy efficiency, while paying attention to the needs of the local community. The aim was to learn more about the issues around energy, community relations and social responsibility, and to develop leadership skills.

The other project, 10,000 Actions is for staff and encourages staff to learn, through an online tool, about the key issues of sustainability such as travel, responsible purchasing and energy, and the actions they as individuals can take to make a big difference. More than 20,000 actions, which range from cycling to work to joining local environmental groups, have been pledged and many carried out since the scheme launched in January.

Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility at the University said: “Socially responsible action is one of the key objectives of the University. These projects are part of how we translate that ideal to real action.

“Through 10,000 Actions and the Sustainability Challenge, our staff and students are learning skills and taking action that makes Manchester and beyond better for everyone and we’re thrilled that this has been recognised with the AUDE award.”