South Staffordshire College has won the Times Educational Supplement (TES) Outstanding Practice in Sustainability award. The award was presented at a gala ceremony hosted by Fiona Bruce at the LG Arena, Birmingham.
The TES FE Awards recognise and reward the achievements of the wide range of providers working in learning and skills. Hundreds of Further Education providers submitted entries for the 13 categories to recognise achievement in employer engagement, innovation in teaching, leadership and entrepreneurship.
South Staffordshire College was one of six colleges shortlisted for the prestigious sustainability award and judging was carried out by a distinguished panel of experts.
When it comes to green credentials, people are sometimes told to practise what they preach. But South Staffordshire College impressed the judges by preaching what it practises.
South Staffordshire became the first college to reach tough standards in environmental management and is on course to eliminate sending waste to landfill next year. Its new buildings meet the highest standards for energy and water use and its 180-hectare rural campus is a haven for vulnerable animals such as otters and songbirds, with extensive wildflower sowing, tree planting and hedge-laying.
In preaching sustainability, the College has had almost all its staff achieve sustainability qualifications, which are also offered to all students.
Working with companies such as Veolia, South Staffordshire College has developed Foundation degrees in environmental sustainability, helping employers and the education world to share cutting edge practices.
During the past few years South Staffordshire College has received international recognition, achieving ISO accreditation at its Rodbaston Campus and earlier this year upgraded its EcoCampus status from Silver to Gold.
Graham Morley, Chief Executive Principal at South Staffordshire College received the award from celebrity speaker Fiona Bruce. Collecting the award, Mr. Morley commented “Sustainability is one of South Staffordshire College’s core principles. The College has placed the protection of the environment at the heart of what it does. It is therefore particularly pleasing that the programme we have developed has been recognised in this way and we are delighted to pick up the prestigious TES Outstanding Practice in Sustainability award”.
Gerard Kelly, TES Editor, said: “The entries were of an unbelievably high standard and reflected the innovation and ambition that are common in the sector.”
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