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Green Gown Awards 2017

The Students' Union and UWE Bristol were Highly Commended in three categories. 

Individual Award for Student Sustainability Champion -  Thomas Haines

Community Award - Hands on Bristol, led by Rachel Sara

Individual Award for Sustainability Professional - Georgina Gough



Fairtrade Awards South West (2015)

The Students’ Union at UWE and the University have won four awards at the South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2015.

The Students’ Union at UWE Shop has won Gold for Best Fairtrade Retailer at the South West Fairtrade Business Awards. Last year the shop won Best in Category, which is one of the most highly contested categories..

Full of Beans Coffee, a joint venture between The Students’ Union at UWE and UWE Hospitality Services won Best in Category foir 2012 and 2013, and was a Gold winner for Best Fairtrade Café for the last two years.

University of the West of England in partnership with UWE Students' Union has won gold for Best Fairtrade University or College for the past two years.

Now in their fourth year, the Awards reward businesses that demonstrate commitment to using and promoting Fairtrade. Over 140 applications for the awards were made in 2015.

The Fairtrade Business Awards are part of the Bristol Green Capital 2015 programme and link with the Go Green Business Scheme.

Best Bar None (2015)

The Students’ Union Bars at UWE have been awarded gold in the Best Bar None scheme, a national award supported by the Home Office and aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.

The assessment took place both on and off site, covering elements such as staff training, security procedures and policies, health and safety and customer care.

The Gold award is the culmination of a great deal of hard work throughout the year, an award we are very proud of.

Advice Quality Standard (2013)

The Students’ Union Advice Centre was first awarded the Advice Quality Standard in 2009 and we currently hold it - showing that we are still achieving the standards required.

This nationally recognised achievement assesses the quality assurance standards of legal services providers, confirms the quality of the Advice Centre’s policies and procedures.

Green Impact Silver Award (2013)

The Students’ Union at UWE was awarded the Green Impact Students’ Unions Silver Award by Sir Jonathon Porritt CBE at the annual NUS Services Convention in March 2013. The award demonstratesThe Students’ Union at UWE's dedication to sustainability.

Green Impact Students’ Unions is a behavioural change programme delivered by NUS, helping over 100 students’ unions to improve their environmental practice.

Runner Up - NUS Innovation in Internationalising the Student Experience (2013)

The Students’ Union at UWE were named as the runner up for the NUS Innovation in Internationalising the Student Experience award at the 2013 National Union of Students' Internationalisation Awards.

In what was a tough category; against big name opposition like the Edinburgh University Student Association, the University of Leeds and the University of Liverpool; The Students’ Union at UWE received a high commendation in order to recognise the innovation of the Students’ Union in creating bespoke support for international students through their Student Networks. The full list of overall winners can be viewed on the NUS website and further information about how to get involved with Student Networks can be found here.

Be a Champion Silver Accreditation (2011-12)

The Students’ Union at UWE has achieved a silver award in their ‘Be a Champion’ accreditation scheme. This project aims to ensure that students are given the chance to make the most of the opportunities arising from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Students’ Unions across the country took part in the programme and it was seen as a great opportunity to showcase Surrey’s commitment to the Olympics and spread the word about our successes.