A total of 39 individuals and teams received an award this year, and an additional 21 staff and student teams took part. Congratulations to all who were recognised.
28 Changemaker Awards have been awarded
The SRS Changemakers’ Award recognises current students and staff who have made a noticeable positive impact by:
- undertaking an impactful socially responsible or sustainable project;
- or by inspiring others to act in a more socially responsible or sustainable way.
Teaching and Student Support
Dr Glen Cousquer – Demonstrating exceptional leadership by engaging Easter Bush staff and students in a wide variety of sustainability projects that have improved campus biodiversity, increased student experience opportunities and benefitted the community’s mental health.
Joey Brooke – Demonstrating exceptional leadership by successfully influencing medical educators to teach sustainable healthcare in the curriculum.
Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) Store – Supporting ECA students and staff to access reusable, recyclable and sustainable materials to use in their projects, courses and workshops.
Enterprise and innovation
Anna Kovacs – Demonstrating exceptional leadership and entrepreneurship while a visiting scholar at the University:
- Co-founding “Outfit of Tomorrow”, a browser extension that encourages people to make more ethical shopping choices
- Inspiring the sustainable entrepreneurial community at the University
Robert (Bobby) Pembleton – Demonstrating exceptional leadership, creativity and impact by embedding sustainability and social impact into the University’s enterprise development services.
Dr Inge Panneels – Demonstrating exceptional leadership, creativity and impact by developing diverse partnerships and projects that inspired individuals in the creative industries to embrace sustainable innovation during COP26.
Student societies and projects
Food Security and Sustainability Society – Demonstrating exceptional leadership in promoting a planetary health diet via meal-plan challenges, community partnerships and seminars that reached a wide audience.
Alexiane Charron – Demonstrating exceptional leadership and impact as Sustainability Officer in the Edinburgh University Hillwalking Club.
Ocean Advocates committee members and office bearers within the Marine Conservation Society – Demonstrating leadership, creativity and inclusion by providing a wide range of activities that improved ocean health and increased audience awareness.
Odara Medagedara – Demonstrating leadership by providing students with the materials, knowledge and confidence to care for plants and grow their own food via the Concrete 2 Jungle project.
Elia Simonet – Demonstrating leadership by assisting start-ups to operate in a more socially responsible and sustainable way and inspire their customers to do the same.
Supply Chain Justice – Demonstrating leadership by educating students on human rights violations in global supply chains and supporting students to make more ethical consumption choices.
The University of Edinburgh on Ecosia group – Successfully influencing the University to make Ecosia the default search engine on all open access computers from September 2021.
Estates Operations (Lyndsey Akkus, Tommy Angus, Steve Downes and colleagues, Landscaping Team) and ACE (Sandra Kinnear and team) – Delivering on Commitment eight of the University’s Community Plan to “actively look for ways in which we can place more of our resources (buildings, equipment, vehicles) at the service of local communities and groups, whilst still using them to deliver on their core purpose”.
Tanja Holc, Sean Brady and Gary Chen – Demonstrating exceptional commitment in making Edinburgh’s campuses a haven for hedgehogs.
ChenChen Zha – Demonstrating leadership and peer influence by running a successful educational project focused on water purification in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Danielle Marlow – Demonstrating exceptional leadership as the Staff Pride Network’s Deputy Co-Chair
Zahra Massoud – Demonstrating exceptional leadership as the BAME Rep and Book Group Organiser for the Staff Pride Network
Rowan Rush-Morgan – Demonstrating exceptional leadership as the Research Officer for the Staff Pride Network
Cathy Naughton – Demonstrating exceptional leadership as the Bi+ Rep and Co-Comms and Media Officer for the Staff Pride Network
Rob Court – Demonstrating exceptional leadership as the Co-Comms and Media Officer for the Staff Pride Network
Sarah Barnard – Demonstrating exceptional leadership as the Social and Events Officer for the Staff Pride Network
Katie Nicoll Baines – Demonstrating exceptional leadership as the Co-Chair of the Staff Pride Network
David Creighton-Offord – Demonstrating exceptional leadership as the Co-Chair of Edinburgh’s Race Equality Network
Jonathan MacBride – Demonstrating exceptional leadership as the Co-Chair of the Staff Pride Network
Rashné Limki – Demonstrating exceptional leadership as the Co-Chair of Edinburgh’s Race Equality Network
This is the last year of the Office Sustainability Awards. They have been replaced by a new Sustainability Framework.
Office Awards 2022
Easter Bush Campus – Gold (by refreshing Silver)
Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility (WTCRF) – Working towards gold
Student Systems and Administration – Working towards silver
Office Awards, still accredited
Centre for Dementia Prevention – Gold (Project)
Centre for Open Learning – Gold (Project)
Centre for Regenerative Medicine – Gold (Project)
Institute for Academic Development – Gold (Project)
Printing Services – Gold (Project)
Scottish Student Sport – Gold (Project)
Edinburgh Global and Student Recruitment and Admissions – Gold (by refreshing Silver)
Sport & Exercise – Gold (by refreshing Silver)
Development and Alumni – Silver
Edinburgh Innovations – Silver
Estates Department, 9-13 Infirmary Street – Silver
Residence Life – Silver
Sports Union – Silver
Visitor Centre – Silver
Bioresearch and Veterinary Services – Bronze
School of Health in Social Science – Bronze
USG Business Unit – Bronze
The Lab Awards are designed for lab-based staff. The Lab Award Toolkit can be applied at any scale, from a single lab up to an entire building or research centre. It is up to each team to decide how large of an area to enter in the Lab Awards, and teams can enter at Bronze, Silver or Gold level.
Lab Awards 2022
Roslin Institute Laboratories – Working towards gold
Lab Awards, still accredited
SRUC Biomarkers Lab – Gold
The Horsfall Lab – Gold
Chemical Engineering Teaching Lab – Silver
QMRI Flow Cytometry – Silver
Regan and Wallace Group – Silver
JP Lab – Bronze
Bioresearch & Veterinary Services – Bronze
Hardwick and Welburn Labs – Bronze
SCRM Core Facility Labs – Bronze