Denise Summers and her team in Genesis

Somerset College Green Research Award

Somerset College were runners up for a coveted sector research award in the prestigious Green Gown Awards run by the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges yesterday in London.

Somerset College's entry, an innovative approach to drawing teachers into sustainability education through teaching practise was pipped to the post by Sussex University and their work with the United Nations on 'Informing the global deal on low carbon technologies to tackle climate change' to inform the UNFCC meeting in Copenhagen later this year.

Somerset College was short-listed together with Edinburgh Napier University, Birmingham University and the University of Gloucestershire.

Denise Summers Head of Teacher Training at Somerset College who attended the ceremony at Imperial College London yesterday said 'We are proud to have been selected as a finalist with such huge competition from universities. They focus on research as part of their tradition and constitution so we are punching well above our weight. The work we're doing with teachers on the training courses has a profound long-term effect on future students in preparing them for life and work in our future low carbon economy.

The awards were hosted by Kate Humble of TV's Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Animal Park fame, who told Somerset College representatives how much she enjoyed the awards and how impressed she is by the amazing work going on in the sector.

Somerset College won the Green Gown Award for Sustainable Construction for the nationally recognised Genesis Centre last year and were Highly Commended for courses in sustainable construction.

The college has teamed up with Bedford College, Green Gown Curriculum award winners to form sustain ability, a company specialising in delivery to the education sector.

For further information on sustainability at the College visit the Genesis website. Alternatively contact (01823) 366 528, or email