Sustainability awards

UWE Bristol and The Students' Union at UWE have gained external recognition for their efforts to improve their sustainability performance across the board – for their teaching and research, for their professional services and for the dynamism and creativity of individual students and staff.

Recent awards

  • February 2022: UWE Bristol was awarded a Gold level Hedgehog Friendly Campus accreditation, upgraded from the Silver award in 2021.
  • July 2021: UWE Bristol and The Students’ Union at UWE having been shortlisted for 11 Green Gown awards by the EAUC (Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges), were overall winner of the Tomorrow's Employees award for how we prepare graduates to be responsible for a sustainable future, and highly commended in the Research with impact, Next Generation Learning and Skills and Sustainability Champion categories.
  • July 2021: The Students’ Union at UWE were awarded ‘Excellent’ (again for the 5th year in a row) in the NUS Green Impact awards for their work in the 2020/21 academic year.
  • March 2021: UWE Bristol was awarded a Silver level accredited Hedgehog Friendly Campus, upgraded from the Bronze award in 2019.
  • 2020: The Students' Union at UWE and UWE Bristol were jointly reaccredited for NUS Responsible Futures.
  • 2020: UWE Bristol was a winner in the Green Gown Awards ‘Reporting with influence’ category (PDF).
  • 2019: For the fifth consecutive year, the University and The Students' Union at UWE received several awards in the South West Fairtrade Business awards, including gold for ‘Best Fairtrade University'.
  • 2019: For the fourth year in a row, The Students’ Union at UWE retained the excellent accreditation rating, and received the ‘Highest Scoring Students’ Union’ Award at the NUS Green Impact Awards.
  • 2019: UWE Bristol was a finalist in five categories of the UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards 2019
  • 2019: The Students’ Union at UWE were outright winners for their ‘Bring Your Own Bowl’ food waste events and were shortlisted for the International Green Gown awards, held in 2019.
  • Soil Association Food for Life logo
  • International Green Gown Awards winner logo
  • Green Impact Award SU 2021
  • NUS green impact 2021 award logo
  • NUS Responsible Futures accreditation logo
  • West of England Green 50 Award logo
  • Fairtrade University Award working towards logo
  • Green Gown Awards winner logo
  • Gold hedgehog award logo
  • Gold food city logo

Bring Your Own Bowl - Green Gown Awards 2018

Watch The Students' Union at UWE's award-winning video submission for the Green Gown Awards 2018. Bring Your Own Bowl (BYOB) is an annual SU event that helps reduce food waste, engages students and raises awareness about sustainability.

More about BYOB

Previous years

Details of past awards and recognition UWE Bristol has received for our contribution to sustainability.


  • The Students’ Union at UWE won two awards at the EAUC Green Gown Awards - the Student Sustainability Champion went to former Sustainability Officer Amy Staff, and in the ‘Student Engagement Category for large institutions’. 
  • The Knowledge Exchange for Sustainability Education (KESE) Team picked up an Advance HE Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence.
  • The Students' Union at UWE retained their Excellent Green Impact Accreditation and were awarded for the second year running the ‘Overall Highest Scoring Students’ Union’ award.
  • The University and The Students' Union at UWE received several awards in the South West Fairtrade Business Awards. 
  • We retained our ISO 14000.1 Environmental Management system certification.


  • We were awarded two International Green Gown Awards.
  • We received an ‘Excellent’ accreditation in the NUS Green Impact awards and were overall winner.
  • In November, we were finalists in nine categories and highly commended in three of the 2017 Green Gown awards.


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