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Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise leaders crowned at Leeds Sustainability Institute annual awards

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The winners of Leeds Beckett University’s annual RISE Awards, that celebrate research, innovation, sustainability and enterprise have been announced by the School of Built Environment and Engineering.

The RISE awards (#RISE2017 for the social media savvy!), organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute were established in 2015 as a means of bringing together both industry and academia to highlight new sustainable initiatives, schemes, technologies and products being developed or in use today. Presented by Gaynor Barnes from ITV Calendar and sponsored by CITU UK, a leading low carbon homes developer, eighteen awards were handed out in front of an audience of over one hundred and twenty individuals at the Marriott hotel in Leeds last Thursday night. Winners came from a vast array of environments, specialisms and backgrounds with accolades awarded for best research, sustainable developments, social value, enterprise, collaboration and education and training amongst others. All entrants, highly commended and winners displayed the passion and dedication to do things better and to elevate the spaces around us to being fit for twenty-first century living.

The awards were a fitting grand finale to Leeds Sustainability Institute International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design (SEEDS) conference held on the Wednesday and Thursday of that week at the Rose Bowl in Leeds. Chaired by Professor Chris Gorse, this international conference, now in its third year, explores how buildings and spaces can be designed to reduce negative impacts on the environment, with keynote speakers, workshops and presentations focusing on how to readdress the balance between the built and the natural environment.

The event included a rousing keynote from Jonathan Wilson and Kevin Gillespie (pictured) from CITU UK.

Professor Chris Gorse, Director at Leeds Sustainability Institute says

“The RISE and SEEDS events bought together industry and academia to engage in research and celebrate achievements though industrial impact. Industry innovation showcased at the RISE awards was of the highest quality and the SEEDS presentations delivered by professors and scholars, from across the globe, were thought provoking, leading edge and held the potential to shape our world for the better. This two day event represents everything that is good about Yorkshire, the conference brought out the best in people, working together to achieve significant and positive impact. It is an absolute pleasure to be hosting such prestigious events.”

Colin Jones (pictured), who entertained our guests throughout the evening with his fantastic swing and jazz repertoire

Winners on the RISE awards night included SES Engineering Services, BAM Construction, Interserve Construction, CETEC, Henry Boot Construction and Cardiff Metropolitan University along with a number of inventive products from Halo Clean Tech, Arc Building Solutions and EMS Ltd. Two Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects managed by Leeds Beckett Enterprise Services were also victorious; a project with Amey exploring ways in which psychology can be used to improve organisational health and safety and exploring sustainable food through meat free alternatives working with Quorn foods.  In addition, guests were treated to a welcome drink, three course gourmet meal and entertainment provided by our top trumpeter Colin Jones.  The awards ceremony also raised a tremendous £634 for Kidney Research Yorkshire thanks to the generous donations from the attendees.

If you are interested in being involved in RISE awards or SEEDS going forward please contact Liz Schofield on 0113 812 1902 or via email to  riseawards@leedsbeckett.ac.uk . We look forward to hearing from you!

All the social media tweets and images from the RISE awards can be found at the following link

All the images can be found at the link below along with a list of winners


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Our winning / highly commended projects

Field and Laboratory Research

Winner – Hydraulic Modelling of District Heating Systems submitted by Hydraulic Analysis

Highly Commended – Assessing the health and wellbeing of staff and students in the Rose Bowl at Leeds Beckett University submitted by CETEC

Product and Element Interface 

Winner – New Eco-crib Wall Design Project submitted by Hahn Plastics

Highly Commended – Improving existing deprived dwellings in Wales: evaluating occupant thermal comfort and health and wellbeing submitted by Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Design, Innovation & Creativity

Winner – Workpods at Doncaster, Sheffield Airport submitted by Henry Boot Construction

Highly Commended – Central Square submitted by DLA Design

New Technologies

Winner – National College for High Speed Rail submitted by Willmott Dixon Construction

Highly Commended – Halo Clean Tech Ltd

Sustainable Developments (Domestic & Non Domestic) & Energy

Winner – Halo Clean Tech Ltd

Highly Commended – M62 submitted by A-one+ Integrated Services

Heritage Award for Restoration and/or Retrofit

Winner – University Technical College (UTC) submitted by BAM Construction

Highly Commended – Revival submitted by YEME Architects

Behavioural Change

Winner – Meat Alternatives in Family Weight Management submitted by Isabelle Kelly, Quorn Foods

Highly Commended – Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust submitted by Interserve Construction

Vision and Sustainability (Sponsored by CIOB)

Winner – Lower Royd radical ‘whole house’ retrofit submitted by Green Building Store

Highly Commended – Sustainabilities submitted by Interserve Construction

Social Value

Winner – Mantis submitted by EMS Ltd

Highly Commended – Meat Alternatives in Family Weight Management submitted by Isabelle Kelly, Quorn Foods

Enterprise

Winner – Revival submitted by YEME Architects

Highly Commended – Oxypod submitted by 21C Eco-Energy

Collaborative Working

Winner – Applying Psychology to improve and understand accident risk in a large safety critical organisation submitted by Amey

Highly Commended – New Wortley Community Centre, submitted by The Project Office

Highly Commended – St Nicholas Primary School, Beverley submitted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Education and Training

Winner – A Yorkshire company teaches the world to sing ‘Gaia’ submitted by Asset Wisdom Ltd

Highly Commended – Defence National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) submitted by Interserve Construction

Fire and Safety

Winner – Fire Stopping and Effective Edge Sealing at the party wall and eaves submitted by Arc Building Solutions

Highly Commended – ROCKWOOL B.V. / Rockpanel

Health, Safety and Wellbeing

Winner – East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Highly Commended – “We are safer together – zero harm” submitted by SES Engineering Services

Special Award for Collaboration and Value

Winner – Social Value submitted by Interserve Construction

Highly Commended – Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust submitted by Interserve Construction

The SEEDS Award

Winner – Continuum, maintaining energy efficient spaces submitted by Test Consulting Ltd

Highly Commended – Whetley Mills submitted by YEME Architects

The Impact Award

Winner – Delivering a 21st Century curriculum for a 21st Century World submitted by Class of Your Own Ltd

Highly Commended – Victoria Quarter submitted by Aura Conservation

The Chairs Award

Winner – University of Leeds, School of Chemical and Process Engineering submitted by SES Engineering Services

Highly Commended – Delivering a 21st Century curriculum for a 21st Century world submitted by Class of Your Own Ltd

Professional Doctorate in Engineering starting Feb 2017

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In the coming academic year, the Leeds Sustainability Institute (Leeds Beckett University) is able to offer selected companies the opportunity to register eligible members of staff for a part time Professional Doctorate in Engineering (D.Eng.) degree, starting in February 2017. The benefits to companies include:

  • Development of staff to doctoral level
  • Enhancement of in-house research capability via staff training in research techniques
  • Development of research projects of specific company interest
  • Staff retention via investment in personal development
  • Low-cost student fees
  • Flexible learning taking account of other professional commitments

Minimum entry requirements are a 2:1 Honours degree or Master’s degree (or equivalent). Students on our part-time D.Eng program are expected to complete their doctoral study within 4-5 years. We are aware that professional doctoral candidates are able to draw on considerable professional expertise and experience, but may have grown out of touch with formal academic study, so the program seeks to offer substantial initial support in developing key academic skills.

The deadline for applications for a February start is end of September 2016 and early applications are advised. We are always happy to help with developing draft proposals for applications, especially in the areas of Built Environment, Energy or Sustainability.

For more information, or to discuss potential applications, please contact Dr Anne Stafford, a.stafford@leedsbeckett.ac.uk .

Shortlist announced for this year’s #ceyhawards

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Shortlist announced for Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards 2015

A Stately home, an Eco Home development & a chapel garden, just a sample of some of the fantastic projects that have been shortlisted for this year’s Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire & Humber awards (#CEYHAWARDS).

Organised by the Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett University, these awards are open to organisations, companies and project teams involved in delivering “excellence in construction” across 13 different categories, each one representing the core themes underpinning the Constructing Excellence movement & improvement agenda. Sponsored by Atlas Cloud, categories include integration & collaborative working, client of the year and new for 2015, BIM Project of the year.

Leading the way with nominations are A-one+ Integrated Services with five nominations closely followed by Carillion Morgan Sindall and Henry Boot Construction. We are thrilled to see more entries from smaller organisations this year and particular commendation must go to WGL Stoneclean, a Leeds based SME, who have been nominated in 3 separate categories. The full shortlist can be viewed on the #ceyhawards web page at the following link.

http://ckegroup.org/cexcellenceyh/?page_id=457

 

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The winners will be revealed at a gala presentation dinner on 17th July at the National Railway Museum in York. Over the last seven years the CEYHAWARDS have grown to be one of the highlights of the regional construction calendar & this year promises to be bigger than ever. We have already enjoyed a record number of submissions and look forward to welcoming around 350 construction professionals, representing a broad cross section of the construction industry, on the night itself to celebrate the very best that our sector has to offer. Atlas Cloud CEO Pete Watson says

“We are delighted to support the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2015, it’s a true celebration of the construction industry. Industry professionals are raising the bar on projects for clients and pioneering new ways of working such as BIM, with Yorkshire being one of the leading areas in the country. We are proud to be working with such leading, growing businesses operating more efficiently and productively through collaboration, communication and mobility”

Tables & individual places at the event can be booked at the following link and include a drinks reception, a three course gourmet dinner, the awards presentation and lots of entertainment thrown in too! The event is black tie but we are encouraging all our guests to wear an item of colour in their outfits, whether a bright scarf or colourful bow tie, to break up the black!

http://onlinestore.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=18&catid=41&prodid=411

 

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Our charity partner for this year will be Disability Action Yorkshire, a fantastic charity that provides services to improve the lives of disabled people.  These include residential care which trains younger adults in the skills required to live independently, care and support within people’s own homes, fully accessible holiday accommodation and training in the skills required for employment linked to a thriving social enterprise. Find out about them and support their work via http://www.disabilityactionyorkshire.org.uk/

 

With thanks to our sponsors

 

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