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Universities as social impact investors: the snowball effect of value

At Big Society Capital, we believe that universities are uniquely positioned to help meet some of the growing needs of the social impact investment sector in the UK. In this piece, we hear from Richard Hazenberg (Professor of Social Innovation, University of Northampton) and Dave Gorman (Director of Social Responsibility & Sustainability, University of Edinburgh), who share their insights on the role of universities in social impact investment and call for ‘pan-institutional collaboration’ in innovation and investment amongst Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
Martin Farley receives Green Gown Award 2016

LEAF – Systemic improvement of laboratory efficiency and sustainability

Part 3/3: Scientific laboratories are extremely energy and materials intensive. Burgeoning efforts have been arising to improve their efficiency and sustainability. To explore this Efficiency Exchange will be sharing a 3 part-series on the topic. Part 1 will examine the current state of Green Lab efforts. Part 2 will discuss the importance of research quality, and how the crisis of reproducibility is affecting sustainability/efficiency. Finally, Part 3 will introduce a new tool named LEAF, and how a group of research-intensive institutions are working together to address these areas
Martin Farley receives Green Gown Award 2016

Reproducibility in Research – How it relates to Sustainability and Green Labs

Part 2/3: Scientific laboratories are extremely energy and materials intensive. Burgeoning efforts have been arising to improve their efficiency and sustainability. To explore this Efficiency Exchange will be sharing a 3 part-series on the topic. Part 1 will examine the current state of Green Lab efforts. Part 2 will discuss the importance of research quality, and how the crisis of reproducibility is affecting sustainability/efficiency. Finally, Part 3 will introduce a new tool named LEAF, and how a group of research-intensive institutions are working together to address these areas
Martin Farley receives Green Gown Award 2016

Sustainability in Laboratories – Moving Forward

Part 1/3: Scientific laboratories are extremely energy and materials intensive. Burgeoning efforts have been arising to improve their efficiency and sustainability. To explore this Efficiency Exchange will be sharing a 3 part-series on the topic. Part 1 will examine the current state of Green Lab efforts. Part 2 will discuss the importance of research quality, and how the crisis of reproducibility is affecting sustainability/efficiency. Finally, Part 3 will introduce a new tool named LEAF, and how a group of research-intensive institutions are working together to address these areas

Nightline: Students Supporting Students

Do you have a Nightline service on your campus? Are you a student who wants the support of people who understand what you are going through, or perhaps want to get involved and support your peer through their difficulties. No one should be ashamed of struggling and there are plenty of organisations that are there to offer support, such as the Samaritans, Studentminds, CALM and the student run association, Nightline. In this blog Sarah Rodway-Swanson talks about Nightline, the service they provide and explains how you can get involved. We all have mental health, it is important that we look after it just as much as we care of the rest of ourselves.

Trying to come up with a nuanced view of ‘Value for Students’

Value for students is a hot topic. In this blog Eric Stoller discusses how enhancing a student’s experience can add value to their investment as a paying customer.

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