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The winners of awards celebrating research, innovation, sustainability and enterprise in the built environment have been announced by Leeds Beckett University

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Professor Chris Gorse, Director of Leeds Sustainability Institute opens proceedings at RISE Awards 2016

Over 100 industry, academic and third sector professionals gathered at the Met Hotel in Leeds for the annual celebration of the talented companies, groups and individuals who are changing the nature of the built environment industry through extensive research, development and innovation. The Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise (RISE) awards, organised by Centre for Knowledge Exchange on behalf of the Leeds Sustainability Institute (LSI) at Leeds Beckett, were established in 2015 as a means of bringing together disparate groups, celebrating new thinking, initiatives and technologies and providing a unique platform to foster productive collaborations going forward.

Presented by Gaynor Barnes from ITV Calendar and sponsored by Knauf Insulation, 18 awards were handed out in total across 16 different categories including field and laboratory research, sustainable developments, social value, enterprise, and education and training. In a change from the standard application form, entrants for these awards were encouraged to use their creativity and create a visual poster outlining their initiative. Winners on the night came from a vast array of environments, specialisms and backgrounds each displaying the passion and dedication to do things better, pushing the construction industry forward and driving up standards.

Mohammad Dastbaz, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett, said “The RISE awards, in their second year, are about showcasing and celebrating the most innovative, sustainable and ground breaking products, projects and partnerships between industry, academics and the third sector in construction in our region. With more than 60 entries to judge from, the winning projects demonstrated the breadth and the depth of the partnerships developed between our University, as well as other regional universities with industry and how our joint research work is pushing the boundaries.”

Winners included SES Engineering Services and Atkins Global for the Sustainable Development – Non Domestic and New Technologies categories respectively and Yeme Architects who took the Heritage trophy for their Manningham Baths development. They were particularly praised for attention to the social benefits of the product and for bringing one of Bradford’s best-loved buildings back to life.

Ryedale Flood Research Group were the night’s only double winner, taking home the Vision and Sustainability trophy and the special Chair’s Award, presented by Professor Chris Gorse from the Leeds Sustainability Institute. 2015 winners Arc Building also continued their success in these awards, walking away with the product and element interface prize; as did last year’s sustainable development winner, CITU who triumphed in design and innovation for their recently launched Climate Innovation District project in Leeds. The CIOB-sponsored the New Technology prize was won by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

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Adam Platten, son of Dr Andrew Platten, presents the Andrew Platten Commemorative Award for BIM Adoption to Pete Foster of coBuilder International

The LSI also handed out two awards in honour of respected Leeds Beckett colleague, Dr Andrew Platten, who passed away in July. Andrew was an original founder of Leeds Beckett’s thinkBIM network and a strong advocate of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a collaborative tool for the future and therefore it was fitting that the trophies for BIM training and BIM adoption were awarded in his name. Andrew’s son, Adam Platten, was welcomed to the ceremony alongside his family, to present the two awards which went to coBuilder International for BIM adoption and the NBS for BIM training. Software company, Trimble Tekla, completed the trio of BIM awards, winning the education and training award for their Tekla Campus project.

The awards were a grand finale to Leeds Sustainability Institute’s International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design (SEEDS) conference held on the Wednesday and Thursday of that week at the Rose Bowl in Leeds. This international conference explored how buildings and spaces are designed to reduce negative impacts on the environment, with keynote speakers, workshops and presentations focusing on how to address the balance between the built and the natural environment.

The awards ceremony also raised £575 for Yorkshire Cancer Centre thanks to the generous donations from the attendees.

2016 WINNERS

The full list of winners can be found on the RISE Awards page at the following link http://ckegroup.org/fairsnapeblog/1016-2/

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RISE 2017

If you are interested in being involved in RISE 2017 (sponsoring, entering or assisting) please contact Liz Schofield on 0113 812 1902 or via email to e.a.schofield@leedsbeckett.ac.uk . We look forward to hearing from you!

We RISE again! Joint awards for built environment industry and academia back for 2016

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We RISE again! We are pleased to announce that following on from last year’s highly successful ceremony at the Park Plaza in Leeds, the RISE awards are back for a second year, highlighting, celebrating and rewarding the most innovative and forward thinking research and development initiatives in the built environment across four key strands; Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise.

Across the built environment, talented groups and individuals are shaping the future of engineering and construction and our awards are unique in being the first in the region to bring academic, industry and third sector groups together to showcase their work. Our awards are truly diverse with previous winners coming from a vast range of working environments, specialisms, communities and backgrounds. What matters to us is that our entrants display the passion and dedication to do things better, pushing our industry forward.

Organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University, the Rise Awards are completely free to enter and submissions are encouraged from both individuals and companies working in the built environment across 12 different categories. With awards for industry leaders in energy efficiency, new technologies, products and processes, research, design, behavioural change and more up for grabs we are sure there is a category for you!

The closing date for all entries is 1st September 2016. The winners will be judged by our panel of academic and industry experts and revealed on 15th September at a prestigious gala presentation evening at the Met Hotel in Leeds. Attended by leading sector figures, the event itself will be the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your initiative, maximising your exposure and helping you to bring your expertise to a new audience.

In addition there will be plenty of opportunities for entrants to have ongoing engagement with the University and its networks beyond the awards through our Leeds Sustainability Institute research hub initiatives and projects.

HOW TO ENTER

Entries can be made for a project, process, product or a service. In order to enter please produce a one or two page poster outlining your product, process, project or service which addresses one or more of the category themes detailed below. Your poster should include text, images and where possible facts and figures that will provide the judges with tangible evidence of performance & outcomes against your strategic aims. *Please note, shortlisted posters will be blown up to A1 size and displayed so please ensure your submitted PDF can be resized.

CATEGORIES / THEMES

For 2016 we have 12 different categories available for you to make your submission against. You can make as many submissions as you want and the same project/product or case study can be submitted into more than one category* Please indicate which categories you are applying for on submission.

Some key questions that you will need to address in your submission: 

  • What need did the product, process, project or service fill?
  • Why is it different/special/unique?
  • What challenges were faced and how were they overcome?
  • What did it achieve? What are the current and future benefits?

FOR FULL CRITERIA, CATEGORIES AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PLEASE DOWNLOAD OUR OFFICIAL CALL FOR ENTRIES BOOKLET AT THE LINK BELOW.

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POSTER SAMPLES

For ideas of completing a poster, see the RISE 2015 poster set at the following link

FURTHER INFORMATION 

If you have any questions about the RISE awards please contact the CKE team on 0113 812 1902 or via email to riseawards@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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The Circular Economy and BREEAM Outstanding Project Tour

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Wednesday 10th February 2016

12:30 – 17:00

The University of Bradford

We are delighted to announce that Green Vision will be returning in February with a half day conference themed around Circular Economy including a tour of one of the most sustainable university buildings in the UK – the Bright Building at Bradford University.

The Circular Economy will have a profound impact on building design, resources and waste management. The Circular Economy has been valued at a potential £29 billion and estimated to create over 100,00 new jobs, and as defined by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is both restorative in nature and design seeking to maintain products, components and materials at their highest value at all times – avoiding down-cycling, conversion to energy or disposal to landfill.

The University of Bradford’s Bright Building, home to the Re:Centre, has achieved the highest ever BREEAM Outstanding rating for a University. The Bright Building is at the cutting edge of sustainable construction with the vast majority of the building products being either natural or recycled.

This event will give you the opportunity to hear, see and debate some of the most innovative approaches in sustainability today.

 

PROVISIONAL SCHEDULE (please note, order of activities may change dependent on numbers)

The afternoon will start with a green networking lunch at 12:30 following by presentations as follows;

13:30 Welcome and Introductions from the Chair

Eddie Murphy, Founder, Ollio – the Sustainability and Building Performance Consultancy

13:45 Keynote Speakers

Bridget Jackson, Corporate Sustainability Director, PwC – The Going Circular Report – Lessons Learnt from PwC’s Circular Economy approach towards 100% reuse and recycling.

Professor Peter Hopkinson, Bradford Management School – Introduction to Circular Economy, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Circular Economy MBA at Bradford University

14:15 Introduction to the Bright Building

15:00 Afternoon Group Sessions – The group will then be divided into 2 and break off into the following alternating sessions

Outstanding Building Tour – tour of the Re:Centre and Bright Building with Steve Jenkins, University of Bradford Estates

Martin Brown, Fairsnape – Design for Deconstruction presentation

16:00 Circular Economy Panel Q and A (facilitated Eddie Murphy)

16:45 Final Presentation

Jim Parker, Leeds Sustainability Institute

17:00 Close and Chair’s Summary

 

Knowledge

This event is highly suitable for:

Past Green Vision attendees

UKGBC members in the North

Construction and Built Environment Directors, Senior Management, Sustainability Officers

Circular Economy advocates

Living Building Challenge Collaborative Members

University Estate Managers and Sustainability Officers

BIM / GreenBIM / BIMCE advocates

Built Environment Students

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Sponsors

Leeds Beckett University sponsored PHD opportunities in association with Public Health England

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About the programme

 

Obesity is a major global health crisis, one in four adults are obese and childhood obesity has been classed by the World Health Organisation as one of the most serious challenges for the 21st Century with significant health, social and economic consequences. However, tackling obesity is a complex and multifaceted problem with over a hundred contributing factors as identified in the Foresight Tackling Obesities systems map. Tackling obesity effectively will therefore require the development of a sustained ‘whole systems approach’.  This approach joins up the many influences on obesity that promotes transformative, coordinated action across a wide variety of sectors, many of which are outside what has traditionally been referred to as the health sector. By working across multiple disciplines, this will help us to identify the opportunities to support individuals at key points throughout their lives to help reduce the occurrence and impact of obesity.

 

A whole systems approach seeks to link together many of the influencing factors on obesity and will require co-ordinated action and integration across multiple sectors including health, social care, planning, housing, transport and business to bring about major change to combating obesity, making better use of resources and improving wellbeing and prosperity

 

The role of local authorities (LAs) in tackling and working to prevent obesity is crucial. Public Health England, Local Government Associations and the Association of Directors of Public Health are exploring how to make greater in-roads into tackling obesity by developing whole systems approaches’ that act across the local system. Leeds Beckett University has been commissioned to lead a three-year programme to explore with LAs and other partners what a Whole Systems Approaches may look like on the ground.

 

Leeds Beckett University and a range of other partners will be working closely with LAs to understand what is working well and what the opportunities and realities are for LAs in tackling obesity over the short, medium and long term within a sustained whole systems approach. This programme aims to support the vital leadership role of LAs in tackling obesity by working collaboratively with them.  It will help equip LAs with approaches to make headway in what is an increasingly complex and challenging landscape involving many sectors with competing priorities and resource pressures.

 

The key to this is exploring what works well and what options might work, drawing on both international learning and the experiences of colleagues working in LAs across England, UK and internationally. We aim to produce a first draft of this roadmap by autumn 2016, and a tested, refined and expanded final version by September 2018.
The programme is seeking to understand the following major questions:

 

  •  How can the framework set out by Foresight be best translated into a ‘Whole Systems Approach’ appropriate for the local system?
    •    What does it mean in practice for Local Authorities (LAs)? What does it look like and what are the key principles?
    •    How can LAs create a whole systems approach and what benefits can it bring?

In parallel with our in-depth work with local authorities, we will also be working with national and international colleagues to understand best practice and experience in systems science, whole systems working and evidence and case studies of what works well. We will also be running a series of events and seminars, for a range of different audiences.

 

How the PHDs fit in

 

This programme provides an exciting and unique opportunity to be involved in and make a contribution to a major national programme, with international connections, that is seeking to understand and create a different – and hopefully more successful – approach to tackling one of the world’s most pressing challenges.  Successful candidates will be joining a team of colleagues from different backgrounds and disciplines as well as engaging with decision-makers and influencers in national and local government, and in major bodies that can create more joined up working, more effective and more sustainable solutions.

As part of this programme, Leeds Beckett University will be generating research material and findings, and seeking to produce a range of publications for different audiences. We recognise that this programme raises a number of opportunities for PhDs, and we are therefore offering four full studentships for PhD students to join the team.

 

These studentships include tuition fees for three years and a bursary of £14,047 per annum (pro-rata into 12 monthly payments) plus UK/EU Fees paid for a period of three years.

 

Timescales and Application Process

 

A key part of the programme, the successful students will be expected to dedicate their full time to the programme for three years, joining an initialisation programme from April 2016. We are not able to accept part time students for this programme as the research work will be integral to the programme, which is of a fixed duration in the first instance. Successful candidates will be expected to join the programme, full time, from early April 2016. Applicants will be expected to attend a research student induction programme in June 2016. The deadline for applications is midnight 31 January 2016.

 

Candidates should complete the online research student application form and send completed applications to Researchadmissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. You should title your email PHE studentships   Applications will then be considered by the University’s Review Panel and shortlisted during February. We anticipate that the interviews will be held on Friday 26 February 2016, at Leeds Beckett University.

 

The proposal of the research can be up to four A4 pages in length (with references as an addition to the proposal) using type Arial 11 point. The criteria listed below will be used in both selecting those applicants who will be called for interview and those who will be successful in securing a Studentship.

 

  1. a)    Qualifications, expertise and experience relevant to undertaking study for a PhD;
    b)    Knowledge of the subject area that will allow the development of a focussed line of enquiry;
    c)    Knowledge and understanding of research methods appropriate to undertaking a PhD/MPhil in your chosen area of research
    d)    Clarity on the original contribution that the completed PhD/MPhil will make to the body of knowledge in the relevant research literature
    e)    Scale and scope of the proposed research in terms of delivery within the two year studentship

For more information about the programme please see http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/wholesystemsobesity/

 

Research Regulations

For further information and guidance relating to research degrees and for Research Candidates please click here.

 

Themes

We are seeking applications on the following topics:

 

 


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