The University of Gloucestershire has taken home the award for Research with Impact at this year’s Green Gown Awards. The event recognises the exceptional work in sustainability at universities and colleges across the UK. The award was presented to Professor Adam Hart and Professor Anne Goodenough for their work to develop low-cost thermal imaging solutions to reduce rhino poaching.
Illegal hunting is a global threat to wildlife and anti-poaching initiatives are making increasing use of technology, such as thermal imaging. This research was praised for its impact on conservation as well the wider benefits for ranger safety, stronger governance, partnership working and professional training.
In 2019 the Green Gown awards saw a record number of finalists, with 101 shortlisted entries in 14 categories across the university and college sector. The university was shortlisted in all three categories that it entered. In 2018, the university was Highly Commended (runner up) in the Outstanding Leadership Team of the Year category, and was also shortlisted for the Annual Sustainability Report award.
The University of Gloucestershire is ranked as the most sustainable university in the UK (People and Planet League 2019).
Alex Ryan, Director of Sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire:
“Being recognised for high impact research is a brilliant achievement for our university against tough competition. This project is an excellent example of how powerful research can be in supporting a range of positive benefits. We are very proud of Professor Adam Hart and Professor Anne Goodenough for this richly deserved recognition from expert peers in the sector.”