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Green Gown Awards

This is a self-sustaining and innovative project with high student and community engagement

Award: Green Gown Awards

Over 360 sustainability leaders were on the edge of their seats at The University of Manchester’s stunning Whitworth Hall, as author and TV presenter Simon Reeve announced the winners of this year’s Green Gown Awards. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the awards ceremony was the biggest and best yet with 15 Winners, 25 Highly Commended and it also saw the crowning of its 100th winner!

Celebrations were held at Probe (Hull) Limited and Hull College’s Construction Skills Centre after their triumph at the National and International Green Gown Awards, held at The University of Manchester and also the International Green Gown Awards in Hobart Australia.

The team picked up the Social Responsibility Award for 2014 for the East Hull Voids Empty Homes Partnership, fending off entries from Universities all over the UK including Salford, Manchester, Worcester, Keele, Aberdeen, Newcastle and Liverpool.

The East Hull Voids project supports families in need by transforming run down and derelict properties into modern and affordable homes in the community. It provides students with hands-on experience and work based activities whilst being supported by their tutors in the working classrooms based at Hull College’s Portobello Street site in East Hull. This helps employability of the students and provides them with a direct link to job opportunities.

Hull College works in partnership with Probe (Hull) Limited, a local enterprise and non-profit company and together address the many local economic issues including high levels of unemployment, especially those aged 18-24, and a lack of community aspiration. With two thousand five hundred identified void properties in the City, Probe’s ultimate goal is to refurbish these and return them to the affordable housing market.

Probe (Hull) Limited sources void properties using local housing market information provided by Hull City Council. These voids are usually of very poor condition having lain empty for a number of years becoming a blight on the local community and a neighbourhood nuisance.

Shane Foster, Head of Engineering and Construction at Hull College collected the award along with Centre Manager Darren Waller: He says:

“Hull College Group is extremely proud to be part of such a fantastic sustainability initiative. Our commitment and hard work towards Green Energy shines through in our sustainable projects and it is a real honour to see these efforts recognised with such prestige.”

The top three learnings which helped the award win included 1. Personalised learning for students who do not excel in a classroom environment. 2. Raised the pride and ownership of the area and local community. 3. The project has placed the College and its students in the heart of the community but on a national stage.

Of this the judges said: “This is a self-sustaining and innovative project with high student and community engagement. It really taps into wider social issues for positive change and maximum impact.”


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