November at the University of Winchester

2 Dec 2016

​​Winning prestigious awards, hosting launch events and guest lectures and forging new partnerships: November has been another eventful month at the University of Winchester, with staff and students engaging in a wide range of initiatives and being recognised for our commitment to social justice, diversity, equality and inclusion, and compassion amongst other values.

​Here are some of our highlights.
 
We won an education Oscar ...
 
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We scooped a prestigious Times Higher Education Award ​2016 for our pioneering work encouraging and supporting young carers to access and succeed in higher education. The Awards are widely recognised as the Oscars of the higher education sector.
 
We pledged to be CreatureKind ...
 
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We became the first university to sign the CreatureKind Commitment​, pledging to reduce our purchase of animal products and to source meat, dairy, and eggs from higher welfare farms for our catering operations on campus. We already have strategic partnerships with Compassion in World Farming (CiWF) and the International Foundation for Animal Welfare​ (IFAW).
 
 
We switched off to Go Green ...
 
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Our second annual Campus Blackout on 11 November during Go Green Week achieved some amazing results: teams of volunteers (pictured above) closed 63 windows, and switched off 1147 monitors, 67 lights, 36 chargers, 8 non-network printers, 67 PC speakers and 398 other pieces of electrical equipment. 
 
Some buildings saw a 57 per cent decrease in energy consumption over the Blackout weekend with an average campus-wide reduction of 19.97 per cent in energy consumption. Translated across the University over a year (excluding residences), this would save 66,556 kg of COwhich is the equivalent of 687,378.6 miles of travel by train and is the same weight as 666 baby elephants. We would also make cash savings of £19,256.49.
 
We highlighted miscarriages of justice ...
 
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We launched the Winchester Justice Project - part of the Crime and Justice Research Centre at the University of Winchester - by hosting a special event with award-winning investigative journalist Louise Shorter of Inside Justice. Louise spoke about her gripping Making of a Murderer-style BBC2 documentary series Conviction: Murder at the Station in conversation ​with Brian Thornton, co-founder with Dr Alan Grattan of the Crime and Justice Research Centre.
 
 
We won Gold for being allergy aware...
 
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Our Catering department won a coveted Gold Award at the Freefrom Eating Out Awards for our provision of food options which are free of gluten, wheat, dairy, soya, nuts and other allergens across University catering outlets. The judges said: "The University should be congratulated for its clear commitment to staff and students with allergies - well done."
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