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Swansea University comes in first in university green awards.
Soaring from a “Fail” to a First Class Award place in only two years is impressive by anyone’s standards. With a score of 42.5 out of 70 Swansea University has risen to 39th place from 70th in the league table of 143 universities this year, having failed to score in the previous year.

Professor Iwan Davies, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Internationalisation, with a responsibility for Estates Management said: “We are absolutely delighted with the rapid improvement to our ranking in the Green League and look forward to being recognised for our work in this field into the future. Our first class staff and students have really stepped up to the mark in helping the University improve its performance in this area, and it is thanks to all of them that we can take pride in our new league status”. The university scored full marks in the Sustainable Food area – our Catering Department are one of the first in the UK to gain the Soil Association Food for Life Bronze Award. The University has also made great strides in improving carbon management and renewable energy. The People and Planet Green League awards UK Universities degree-style classifications based on their environmental and ethical management and performance. Educational institutions pit their eco-credentials against each other and there is tough competition as students want their universities to be sustainable institutions.

Dr Heidi Smith, the University’s Sustainability Manager said: “Swansea University is thrilled with its improved position in this year’s Green League. This was a result of key work undertaken during the year including the publication of a Carbon Management Plan, introduced a new Sustainability Strategy, the Baycycles free cycle loan scheme, the Biodiversity Action Plan and nature trail on campus, and a range of other staff and student engagement projects. “Although this demonstrates excellent progress, we recognise that there is still much we can do to improve further the University’s environmental performance. As a research intensive university, reducing our use of natural resources is going to be difficult for us compared to some other institutions; however, we are determined, through staff and student engagement, to become as efficient as we possibly can.” The Green League is the only ranking of all UK universities by environmental and ethical performance. It is based on information submitted by universities to People & Planet, the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. The People & Planet network consists of groups at universities, colleges and schools, plus many other individual supporters.

The full Green League table data can be accessed at: http://peopleandplanet.org/greenleague For more information about People and Planet Green League go to http://peopleandplanet.org/aboutus For more information about the Sustainability policies within Swansea University visit http://www.swan.ac.uk/sustainability
Contact Email – H.Smith@swansea.ac.uk

Monday June 24th, 2013

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Archives projects win two prizes

Archives Projects Win Two Prizes Sion Durham, Swansea University, and Christian Erbacher, University of Bergen, have won prizes in the national Tell us Your Story competition, organised by Archives Wales. They described their experiences at the Richard Burton Archives, and explained how archives helped them with their projects: http://issnews.swan.ac.uk/?p=1610
Swansea Student Union History film of Sion Durham describing his work on the Student Union and the records at the Richard Burton Archives
Swansea Student Union History Watch Sion Durham describing his work on the history of Swansea University Student Union and the records that are held in the Richard Burton Archives: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbzM9JM6sLI
Contact Email – k.j.legg@swansea.ac.uk

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Discovery Volunteering Project Co-ordinators needed
We need new project co-ordinators to help run our some of our projects next year. Projects include Elev8, Inside Out, Sblasio, Active 18, Age Exchange, Gardening and Decorating, Penllergare Valley Woods. We also need volunteers to help out on these and the other projects that we run at Discovery
For more information come to the Discovery Office in Fulton House or email Discovery
Contact Email – discovery@swan.ac.uk

Monday June 17th, 2013

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Egypt centre survey

Did you know there is a museum of ancient Egyptian antiquities on campus? We at the Egypt centre aim to provide excellent standards of visitor satisfaction and we would be grateful if you would be able to fill in a short survey for us regarding the museum services.

Simply e-mail Wendy Goodridgew.r.goodridge@swansea.ac.uk and we will send you the survey to fill in and return for your chance to WIN A FANTASTIC PRIZE! Many thanks The Egypt centre. Contact   w.r.goodridge@swansea.ac.uk or A.Gavin@swansea.ac.uk to fill out the survey or for more information.

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International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances

Novel recreational drugs are often misrepresented as ‘safe’. Our panel of international experts will be examining the latest scientific research and will aim to highlight the dangers these drugs represent, the importance of knowing their effects and strategies to reduce their use. September 12th & 13th 2013 Swansea University
International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances Following the success of last year’s International conference in Budapest, we are pleased to announce that this year’s conference will be hosted by the esteemed College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University, in collaboration with Hertfordshire University and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). www.novelpsychoactivesubstances.org
Contact Email – A.C.Parrott@swansea.ac.uk

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