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Green Gown Award Finalist from the NBS Employability Team

Fiona Winfield, Nottingham Business School Employability Manager, has reached the finals in the national Green Gown Awards, with her project initiative on sustainability.

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Fiona Winfield of the Nottingham Business School, reaches the finals in the 2017 Green Gown Awards.

Fiona Winfield, Nottingham Business School Employability Manager, has gained recognition from the Green Gown Awards for her project submission to ‘Future-proof Your Career’ - with a key aim of encouraging students to appreciate that understanding sustainability, will not only help them become responsible leaders in the future, it will aid their employability.

Fiona has reached the finals with our Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Eunice Simmons for the Leadership Award and Aldilla Dharmasasmita, of the Green Academy for her ‘Challenge Days for Challenging Times’ project.

Collectively, with 110 other candidates across 15 categories, the finalists represent 1.5 million students and just under a quarter of a million members of staff, leading the way with their commitment to the global Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

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Over the last few years NTU has received several accolades testifying to its green credentials including ranked as one of the top 10 most sustainable Universities in the world - UI Greenmetric World University Ranking, claiming top spot in the People and Planet league, receiving a gold award in the Learning in Future Environments index and NBS Signatory to PRME - Nottingham Trent University have continued to work towards a greener and more sustainable community. You can read more information here>>

In 2012, NBS introduced a Leadership and Employability (L&E) module into all final year Undergraduate courses, with a variety of projects linking to real sustainability challenges. These allowed students to research, learn and understand all sorts of issues ranging from greenhouse gas management, to marketing recycling initiatives, to graduate retention – many in partnership with organisations such as Nottingham City Council or Nottingham City Homes.

As part of the L&E module, all students carry out a personal gap analysis and select continuing professional development (CPD) activities to fill identified gaps. One example of CPD is the NTU Sustainability in Practice (SiP)course, which informs them about global sustainability challenges beyond their own discipline (in 16/17, 660 NBS completed this). They are also required to write a personal report, reflecting on their whole degree, their own employability and how they can be responsible leaders in the future.

With Petra Molthan-Hill’s Green Gown award of ‘Sustainability Professional’ (2016); the ‘Learning and Skills’ award in 2013 and previous success in 2011, along with numerous other projects being shortlisted and commended in the years in between, we are highly supportive and encouraging of Fiona’s project initiative and believe that we can continue to improve upon our focus of sustainable development and responsible leadership both within the University and in the local community.

The Green Gown Awards Ceremony takes place on Wednesday 15 November at The Monastery in Manchester, and we are hoping to see Professor Eunice Simmons, Adilla Dharmasasmita and Fiona Winfield take to the stage as they represent Nottingham Trent University.

Tickets to the finals award ceremony, are on sale now and can be found here

Green Gown Award Finalist from the NBS Employability Team

Published on 21 July 2017
  • Category: Business; Nottingham Business School

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