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UCLU Guidelines for NUS Green Impact Special Awards

Full guidelines for all 3 awards are below. Some quick, important notes on entering:

  • Please read all guidelines listed below: Any incomplete or incorrect applications may be rejected by UCLU.
  • Send all questions & completed applications to eeoo@uclu.org
  • Applications for the Resurgence & Ecologist Award are due by 5pm on Friday, 28 December.
  • All other applications are due by 5pm on Friday, 11 January.
  • Applications are open to any UCL student & groups are able to apply but a lead contact person is required.
  • Depending on the award, not all applications will be submitted to the NUS due to their entry limits.
  • These guidelines & more info on UCLU Green Impact are available online: http://uclu.org/greenimpact

Table of Contents

  1. HEA Education for Sustainable Development Award 
    Who is this for?: Anyone who has been involved in or has led any sustainability related projects, intitiatives, or campaigns.
  2. Resurgence & Ecologist Award 
    Who is this for?: Students interested in entering a 1-minute film conveying an environmental message through spoken word made for the competition.
  3. The Co-operative International Development Award–£500 
    Who is this for?: Students involved or leading international development initiatives and campaigns which have been guided by one or more of the Unites Nations Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).

HEA Education for Sustainable Development Award

Deadline: 5pm on Friday, 11 January to eeoo@uclu.org

Who is this for?: Anyone who has been involved in or has led any sustainability related projects, intitiatives, or campaigns.

Below: Background, Award Entry Guidelines, Judging, Prize.

Background

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) champions excellent learning and teaching in higher education. We are committed to improving the student learning experience by raising the status of teaching, adding to the body of knowledge relating to pedagogy, enhancing professional teaching practice, and facilitating networks and communities of practice. We work in partnership with institutions, student bodies, academic and professional staff, and sector agencies and funders.

Our work on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) helps institutions and subject communities develop curricula, pedagogy and experiences that will give students the skills and knowledge to live and work sustainably.

Award Entry Guidelines

The HEA Education for Sustainable Development Award will celebrate innovative work undertaken by Students’ Unions to embed Sustainability (or sustainable development) across the student experience. Applications are requested from Students’ Unions who have undertaken projects, initiatives, or campaigns that have led to positive change for sustainability in one or more areas of the student experience. Your entry should be written in accordance with below instructions, paying particular attention to the wider guidance notes.

As sustainability is such a wide, some consider nebulous, concept we are willing to accept entries from a diverse range of projects. However, your project must be able to demonstrate work and

impact in the fields of at least two from the three areas of environment, society, and economy.

Your project can be in any of the following areas of the student experience:

  • Student behaviour change campaigns
  • Institution and SU supported volunteer projects
  • Campus sustainability projects
  • Sustainability research projects
  • Formal, taught curriculum

UCLU will be accepting applications until 5pm on Friday, 11 January.

Your application should include the following sections:

  1. Summary of the project (maximum 250 words): this should be a brief overview of the project aims, operation and outcomes.
  2. Project audience (maximum 250 words): this section should describe the target audience of the project and how they were engaged with
  3. Project details (maximum 500 words) – this section should provide detail on the full aims, objectives and actions of the project.
  4. Project materials (optional) – one example of any learning materials, behaviour change materials, posters, volunteer guidance materials have been produced as part of the project can be included as part of the submission.
  5. Project outcomes (maximum 300 words) – this section should demonstrate the primary outcomes and the level of impact as a result of the project. The emphasis here should be on evidence of sustainability change.
  6. Holistic student experience (maximum 200 words) - applications that work in more than one area and can demonstrate impact across as a wide range of the student experience as possible will be awarded an additional score for ‘holistic student experience’ during the judging process.

Judging

All submissions will be judged by the HEA ESD panel during late February / early March 2013.

Prize

The winning project will be announced at the Green Impact Students’ Unions Award Ceremony on 27 March 2013.

Resurgence & Ecologist Award

Deadline: 5pm on Friday, 28 December to eeoo@uclu.org

Who is this for?: Students interested in entering a 1-minute film conveying an environmental message through spoken word made for the competition.

Below: Background, Award Entry Guidelines, Judging, Prize.

Background

So many of today’s environmental messages are about sacrifice, reduction, and going-without. But it needn’t be like that. Living an ecologically-sound life is something that can be immensely satisfying and rewarding. Resurgence & the Ecologist magazine contains information and inspiration for people who care about the environment, enjoy reading, relish new ideas and are looking for inspiration on sustainable living. The magazine is packed full of positive perspectives on a range of engaging topics from

environmental issues to social justice and philosophical thinking to the arts - an eclectic mix that cannot be found anywhere else.

Award Entry Guidelines

Each entry must be a one-minute film that conveys an environmental message through spoken word. For example a song written and performed by a music society, a poem performed by

an individual or a short sketch performed by a drama society. It is imperative that each entry follows the guidelines below so that the entries can be shown on www.resurgence.org and www.theecologist.org and unions can receive their credit. In the best traditions of videography, we want to see a well thought out idea, a positive message, a clear story, good images and great editing! Being able to express an idea through a visual medium is important and we look forward to what you have to show us!

Your entry must include the following:

  • 1 image in jpeg format of no more than 2 megabytes: this will serve as the cover image for the film
  • The film needs to be created by a student(s)
  • The film must be up to 1 minute long
  • Upload the film to YouTube and send a link & the old embedded code to eeoo@uclu.org by 5pm on Friday 28 December.
  • Each entry should submit between 300 and 500 words with their submission explaining the background to the entry.
  • Films CANNOT contain copy written material (video or audio). If you are using material that is covered by copyright and you have permission, please submit proof of this permission with your submission.
  • Applicants are asked to remember that the films will be shown to a wide audience and must represent the values of Resurgence & Ecologist. To view a sample copy of the magazine go here: http://www.resurgence.org/membership/sample-copy.html
  • Resurgence & Ecologist reserves the right to remove any entries if they are derogatory, violent, offensive or contain prejudice.

Judging

All films which meet the criteria set out by the Resurgence & Ecologist will be uploaded to our website for voting from 10 Jan 2013 until 09 March 2013.

Prize

The students’ union that submits the winning video will receive the Resurgence & Ecologist Communications Challenge Award with a presentation at NUS Services Annual Dinner in 2013. The union, and its university or college will also be given an institutional e-subscription to Resurgence & Ecologist, giving full access to online premium content and downloadable versions of the magazine for one year.

The Co-operative International Development Award – £500

Deadline: 5pm on Friday, 11 January to eeoo@uclu.org

Who is this for?: Students involved or leading international development initiatives and campaigns which have been guided by one or more of the Unites Nations Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).

Below: Background, Award Entry Guidelines, Submission & Judging, Prize.

Background

The Co-operative International Development Award recognises the positive influence that Students’ Unions can have on international development.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set a time-bound framework to measure progress against the global inequalities of wealth, health, education, gender and trade. There is still much work to be done if the MDGs are to be achieved by 2015, not least given the global effect of the economic downturn and the threat posed by climate change to the developing world. However, according to the United Nations, the world does possess the resources and knowledge to ensure that even the poorest countries can be empowered to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and rather than retreat, now is the time to accelerate progress towards them. The contribution that collective organisations, such as students’ unions, can make towards achieving the MDGs, is substantial - whether by engaging and raising awareness amongst their members via collective support for an international development campaign run by a campaigning organisation or through establishing their own international development initiatives.

Award Entry Guidelines

This award aims to identify and celebrate international development initiatives and campaigns, led or supported by Students’ Unions, which have been guided by one or more of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Your entry should be written in accordance with the following instructions and guidance notes. The guidance notes are not exhaustive and you may well have additional evidence that you feel will support your submission. Additional evidence can include high resolution photographs (jpeg or eps format), newspaper clippings, email correspondence, relevant webpages, videos, etc.

Please use the following headings when structuring your entry:

  1. Summary (maximum 300 words): please provide a brief outline of the programme, its aims, objectives and key achievements. (N.B. the summary will not be scored but will provide the 
judges with a useful holistic overview of the programme)
  2. Benefits (maximum 900 words) – 60% of final mark
    • Impact on the MDG(s) and beneficiaries: how the programme has helped to impact on one or more of the MDG(s). Please include any qualitative and quantitative evidence of impacts on beneficiaries.
    • Impact on stakeholders: discussion and evidence of how the programme has raised awareness and understanding of international development issues.
    • Impact on students’ union: discussion and evidence of the impact and benefits the student union has gained through its approach to activity on the MDGs, such as increased positive perceptions of the union by stakeholders (including University students, staff and the general public).
  3. Replicability (maximum 600 words): 40% of final mark – this should cover the extent to which the programme can be replicated by other students’ unions/stakeholders.
    • Rationale: what the rationale behind supporting/initiating the programme was and what initial research went into establishing the programme?
    • Structure: what the approach of the students’ union has been in managing the programme in terms of management structures and decision-making processes?
    • Resource: how human/financial/marketing resource have been invested to achieve/support the programme and how it has been used efficiently and effectively to optimise impact?
    • Communication: how the impacts and activities of the initiative/campaign have been communicated to stakeholders (including students and employees of the University, other students’ unions, general public, the programme beneficiaries etc)?
    • Monitoring and Evaluation: evidence of how you monitor, measure and evaluate performance against targets and objectives. Please include, if appropriate, the lessons learned from the programme that could be incorporated into a continuous improvement process.
  4. Use of prize (maximum 300 words) – This year the winning entry will be awarded £500 which they will be expected to put towards their entry project. Please provide a brief outline of how your union would utilise this additional funding. (N.B. this outline will not be scored but will provide the judges with an insight as to how the project will be furthered as a result of the win)

For reference, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals can be found here: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

Submission & Judging

  • UCLU will be accepting applications until 5pm on Friday, 11 January.

  • UCLU will filter applications to the NUS.

  • You are encouraged to focus the submission on one initiative or campaign that the union has supported, as it is likely to be easier to evidence benefits and positive impacts, but you are not restricted to doing so.

  • You are encouraged to make a submission for a project which already has tangible/measurable impacts, rather than one for which there are only predicted impacts, but you are not restricted to doing so.

  • All entries will be judged by The Co-operative panel. The winning entry will be announced at the Green Impact Students’ Unions Awards ceremony on 27 March 2013. 


Prize 


The winning entry will be announced and the winners will receive their award (£500 towards their entry project) at the Green Impact Students’ Unions Awards ceremony at Annual Dinner 27 March 2013.