KEELE CLIMBS THE GREEN LEAGUE
Keele University has climbed 19 places in the Green League 2011 published this week.
have been awarded degree-style classifications based on their
environmental and ethical management and performance. Keele was placed
63rd out of 168 educational institutions and was awarded a 2:1, scoring
maximum points in curriculum, publicly available environmental policy
and Fairtrade accreditation.
The university's carbon management plan and new recycling scheme have
also improved the university's environmental performance. Last year the
university was placed 82nd with a "third class degree".
Pat Bailey, dean of Natural Sciences and Pro-Vice Chancellor for
Environment and Sustainability, said: "We are pleased with the
improvement to our ranking in the Green League and look forward to
developing our environmental initiatives further."
The Green League is the only ranking of all UK universities by environmental and ethical
performance. It is based on information submitted by universities to
People & Planet, the largest student network in Britain campaigning
to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment.
SUCCESS FOR KEELE'S STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS
Students, graduates and staff joined in the celebrations at Keele
Hall last Friday for the Speed Stars Awards 2011.The all day event
celebrated the graduation of 16 start-up businesses from the SPEEDWM and
EFS programmes, which are coordinated by the Student Enterprise team in
Research and Enterprise Services.
day included ten minute presentations by each business, outlining their
business' development and the challenges they have overcome. Each
start-up business also showcased their products and services in an
exhibition throughout the day.
Each presentation was judged by a
panel of business experts which included Dr Sharon George (School of
Physical and Geographical Sciences), Dr Peter Hooper (Research and
Enterprise Services), Mike Cole (Michelin Development Fund) and Steve
Moore (Wolverhampton University). The Judges awarded prizes of £1500,
£750 and £500 to the top three presenters to go towards the development
of the business start-ups.
The winners, who are all recent Keele graduates, were Kath Warrilow, for her cupcake company, Cupcake Yourself (1st place), Michael Amaning, for his online comic book novel website,
Rentmyhero Ltd (2nd place) and Kat Halsall and Kris Rodway, for their
portable mini golf and skittles business, Putt&Pins Ltd (3rd place).
The other businesses participating ranged from fine silver jewellery to
green technology for carbon footprint reduction. Cupcake
Yourself also won an additional £500 as the Student Choice for Best
Student Enterprise Manager, Dee Frankish,
said: "It was a brilliant day for all our young entrepreneurs who have
shown such commitment over the last nine months, with some of them
travelling from London, Cheltenham, Oxford and Chester.
presentations were excellent and painted a really good picture of the
way their businesses have progressed, with all of them stating their
intention to continue trading after the end of the programme."
NORTH AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR KEELE UNIVERSITY EVENTS
The Secretary & Registrar Simon Morris, John Easom (Alumni
Officer) and Robin Cross (Fundraising Officer) recently attended four
events in New York and Toronto with North American alumni.
also attended the annual meeting of the North American Foundation for
Keele University, which represents American and Canadian alumni and
actively supports Keele University. They were accompanied by Morgan
Davison, an American Master's student who was awarded the first NAFKU
Scholarship in 2010-2011.
Two "Keele Comeback" events offered occasions to meet alumni in
informal settings. Two "NAFKU Dinners" were held - one at the Harvard
Club of New York and the other at the historic George Brown House in
Toronto (pictured above). Neil Smith, President of NAFKU, hosted the New
York dinner and Tim Gibbs, NAFKU Canada, hosted the Toronto dinner.
Altogether 24 alumni came to one or more of the events, with all
travelling long distances to attend.
The visit exceeded all
expectations, with many alumni contributing or pledging donations to
support the NAFKU Scholarship initiative. Keele University, supported by
NAFKU, will now award two NAFKU Scholarships in 2011-2012 – one for an
American and a second for a Canadian student to undertake postgraduate
study at Keele. A longer-term fund will also be started for future
Alumni officer John Easom said: "Alumni were
extremely encouraged by the incentives and opportunities for North
Americans to pursue postgraduate courses at Keele. They offered many
ideas how alumni might help Keele and Keele students through
ambassadorship, involvement with study abroad students, meeting
potential applicants, offering and enhancing work experience and
career-related opportunities, and other opportunities to meet that go
far beyond just being with fellow Keelites."
PETER TO LEAD INTERNATIONAL MASTERCLASSES IN ENVIRONMENTAL GEOPHYSICS
Peter Styles of the School of Physical Sciences and Geography, and
EPSAM, pictured with Professor John Arthur, Chairman of the Near Surface
Division, has been invited to be the Inaugural Distinguished Visiting
Instructor in Near Surface Geophysics for the European Association of
Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). Professor Styles will deliver a
series of masterclasses in Environmental Geophysics, aimed at users of
these technologies rather than practitioners.
The course will
run for a year from Easter 2012 and will include a sequence of workshops
in Europe supplemented by a selected set of venues globally including
the Middle East, and Australasia. The course will be underpinned by a
monograph entitled 'Everything you wished to know about Environmental
Geophysics but were afraid to ask!'.
The tour and course will be
launched with a keynote lecture from Professor Styles at the First
International Conference on Engineering Geophysics to be held in Al Ain,
United Arab Emirates, from 11 to 14 December 2011.
HEALTH AND WELLBEING WEEK AT KEELE
Health and Wellbeing Week, which began on Monday, gave staff the
opportunity to experience and participate in new ways of maintaining and
improving their physical and mental wellbeing as well as having a bit
of fun at the same time especially in some of the more active sessions.
There was a range of activities organised
which were well-received, particularly the laughter yoga workshop,
the "Cool -Wall" lung function board and the arboretum walk (pictured
below). The holistic complementary therapy session raised £35 for
Nightline. It is hoped future events will be organised to encourage
Ian Williamson, head of the Department of Occupational Health and
Safety, said: "The potential benefits of a good working environment are
huge. This week has shown that we can unlock some of that potential.
Feedback has been positive and I must thank all those that have
contributed to the week."
EPSAM staff have
once again been
awarded bursaries for
students to take part
in research projects
over the summer.
Seven projects have
been awarded by the
kettle-hole lakes in
working with Dr Katie
Szkornik and Dr Zoe
hybrid materials to
remove nitrate and
working with Dr
"X-ray flaring around
young suns and its
Professor Rob Jeffries
with Dr KP Lam
dosage and dosage
frequency to maintain
in the blood: A
working with Dr
"A greener approach
to nuclear waste
Green working with
Dr Richard Darton
collapsing salt mines,
Claire Howell working
with Dr Jamie Pringle
Katherine Haxton has
been awarded a
James Eyles to work
with her on a project
"Silver bullets for
bugs – how hybrid
materials can improve
CANADA TALK FOR
SPIRE's Dr Stephen
Quilley, who is
three months working
with Social Innovation
Generation, a unit in
the Faculty of
Canada, gave a talk
this week aimed at
policy makers and
NGOs and others
the Ontario region.
In his talk, Open
Looking for Meaning
in a Throwaway
World, he explored
"the significance of
this quest for
meaning – in
environment and with
the products that we
make, use and
followed by a panel
The first session on
"Starting up a
was held this week at
Organised by the
School of Psychology
and Keele's Student
Dee Frankish, 60
listened to business
advice and tips on
setting up and
running a private
Jill Levens, Director of
the basics of setting
up a business, and
Shirley Harvey) gave
practical tips from
their own experience.
The students had a
positive response to
the session. Kevin,
one of the graduate
counsellors, said: "It
was really interesting
and provided us with
information – a
Frankish, added: "It
was great to have
attendance with lots
of participation and
advice on how to
avoid the pitfalls
facing a start-up