University celebrates awards success

Posted on 8th June 2015

The University of Chester is celebrating after scooping four honours at the prestigious Educate North Awards held in Manchester this week.

Professor John Buckley received the North Research Project of the Year  Award for highlighting the benefits of standing desks.
Professor John Buckley received the North Research Project of the Year Award for highlighting the benefits of standing desks.
It was a boon to be recognised for our hard work, next to such talented and successful colleagues. I hope this helps to prove that sustainability is being mainstreamed into our University, and the northern education sector, in partnership with most innovative enterprises in industry.
Alic Elliott, Head of Sustainability, University of Chester

The Awards celebrate the outstanding teams, people and initiatives of further and higher education institutions.

During the evening, Chester Students’ Union was named Students’ Union of the Year; the University’s Sustainability Unit received the Environment Award; the work standing exploring the health impact of standing desks was named Research Project of the Year and Dr Neil Pickles, received the Lecturer of the Year award.

Jonathan Harper, Chester Students’ Union President, said: “We are delighted and proud to receive this award. The staff and officers have worked really hard this year, as every year, to enhance the student experience for all of our members, so it is a real honour to be given this recognition.”

For the Sustainability Unit’s Green Chester campaign, the team wanted to apply an innovative product to the higher education sector, particularly to engage students and staff using technology to translate the concept of carbon reduction into optional actions that can save them money and can be applied to their studies.

Focusing on The DoNation initiative, the aim was to raise awareness and to encourage staff and students to make small behaviour changes in their day-to-day lives to embed sustainability in the culture of the University, as reflected in the University’s Sustainability Strategy 2020.

Head of Sustainability at the University, Alice Elliott, said: “It was a boon to be recognised for our hard work, next to such talented and successful colleagues. I hope this helps to prove that sustainability is being mainstreamed into our University, and the northern education sector, in partnership with most innovative enterprises in industry.”

Hermione Taylor, Founding Director of DoNation, said: “Chester was the first University to sign up to DoNation and have continued to impress us with their energy and dedication. I'm really happy to see the University being recognised for this and hope it paves the way for others to emulate their success.”

Professor John Buckley received the North Research Project of the Year Award for highlighting the benefits of standing desks. The award comes in the same week that the first ever UK guidance was published to curb the health risks of sitting for long periods, produced by an international group of eight experts including Professor Buckley.

Neil PicklesProfessor Buckley said: “I am extremely honoured to receive this award. The research aims to support office staff and employers to create more active working environments; it’s great to be recognised for the work to date.”

Dr Neil Pickles (pictured left), Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Biology, received his award based on his commitment to innovative teaching methods and passion for effective learning.

He said: “I was honoured to receive the award for Lecturer of the Year at the Educate North awards. I believe it is a reflection of the hard work and excellent learning opportunities that we provide in the department of Biological Sciences and there are many of my colleagues who deserve recognition. I also thank our students, without whom we would not be achieving success.”

Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, said: “The success of the University of Chester at the Educate North awards is testament to the hard work of everyone at the institution and is a fitting celebration as we mark our 175th anniversary.”

For further information on the Awards go to www.educatethenorth.com