Better World Showcase recognises CEAS' commitment to social responsibility

The School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science's (CEAS) commitment to social responsibility has been highlighted by award wins at the Faculty of Science and Engineering's (FSE) 2019 Better World Showcase.

Taking place on Wednesday, 6 February, the awards ceremony saw CEAS take home four awards from a total of nine nominations. The School collected two winning awards - one each in 'Outstanding contribution to social enterprise' and 'Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability' - as well as two 'Highly commended' awards.

Now in its fourth year, the FSE Better World Showcase celebrates the fantastic social responsibility activities taking place across the Faculty. They highlight the actions and contributions of both staff and students to making a social and environmental impact.

The CEAS Love for the Streets team, which uses events and social media marketing to inspire students to volunteer with local homeless charities, won the 'Outstanding contribution to social enterprise' award, while Dr Rebecca Taylor - who has been instrumental in setting up Green Impact teams on D floor of The Mill and almost doubling the number of Green Impact accreditations awarded to CEAS in 2017/18 - picked up the 'Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability' prize.

'Highly commended' awards went to Professor Chris Hardacre and Lucy Adams as 'Outstanding staff volunteers' for their commitment to staff wellbeing through the CEAS choir, and to Alessia Xu as an 'Outstanding student volunteer' for her work with Incredible Edible Manchester - managing two sites and a greenhouse to grow fruit and vegetables for the local community. She also became the community and environmental representative for the Whitworth Park halls of residence association, encouraging residents to become more sustainable.

The success of our staff and students at the Better World Showcase awards is great recognition for the contributions to social responsibility in the School. The effort and hard work shown at all levels, from the Head of School to our students, is something of which we can be proud. Hopefully this success will inspire others to contribute to the School and University's social responsibility goals.
Professor Philip Martin, Professor and Director of Social Responsibility in CEAS

Other nominations came across multiple categories, including 'Outstanding public engagement initiative', 'Outstanding benefit to society through research' and 'Outstanding teaching and learning innovation in social responsibility'.

These included a nomination for 'innovative biosurfactant separation process' (for which Dr James Winterburn and PhD student Ben Dolman also won the BBSRC Innovator of the Year award - read more about this on the CEAS blog), and for increasing outreach and public engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) via chemical engineering, encouraging school children to have an interest in STEM subjects.

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