‘Outstanding’ UCW goes for the double in environmental health awards

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University Centre Weston (UCW) has been shortlisted for two prestigious professional prizes.

The Public and Environmental Health team has been nominated in two categories at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Excellence Awards.

Along with partner university UWE Bristol, which validates the environmental health courses at UCW, the department is in the running for the ‘Environmental Housing Hero’ and ‘Outstanding Environmental Health Team’ awards.

UCW and UWE Bristol staff and students have been nominated for the housing award after undertaking surveys in Bath and North East Somerset to ensure private tenants are living in safe residential properties.

The team award recognises the higher education providers’ efforts to develop an Environmental Health Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship to address skills gaps in the industry.

David Lown, who leads the Public and Environmental Health degree team at UCW, said: “To be nominated for these two awards is a real vindication of everything we do as the whole ethos of our programmes is to train professionals who are ready and able to thrive in the world of work.

“The work experience that we provide is a unique opportunity for our students, which is demonstrated by us being the only UK educational organisations to be shortlisted for awards by the professional body in our industry.”

Joining UCW and UWE Bristol staff and students at the event on London’s Southbank in November will be UCW graduate Lindsey Holmes, who has been nominated as the CIEH’s ‘Rising Environmental Health Star’.

Lindsey’s nomination recognises the successful public and private sector partnership model for work-based learning that she has developed in her role as South West Team Leader for NSF International.

The global public health and safety organisation was recently named as UCW’s 2018 Workplace Learning Provider of the Year as a result of Lindsey’s work with UCW and UWE Bristol students.

The degrees in Public and Environmental Health and Environmental Health and Practice at UCW are delivered in partnership with UWE Bristol and endorsed by the CIEH.