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Green UEL students scoop ice cream energy prize

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Nearly 80 undergraduates in Ailsa House on the Docklands Campus have won the “Student Switch Off” competition organised by the NUS. They were up against all 1,170 students living in UEL accommodation. The award was part of a bigger competition open to students around the UK and also in Sweden, Cyprus, Lithuania and Greece.

Students were challenged to come up with ways to save energy – such as switching off lights and appliances, not over-filling the kettle, putting on an extra layer of clothing rather than turning on the central heating and putting lids on saucepans. 

Energy saving was measured by the students’ involvement in quizzes and other competitions staged by the NUS throughout the academic year.

“We talked about it, and decided to go ahead, and we’re so glad we did,” said Michelle Gibb, sociology student and resident of Alisa House. “Free ice-cream is a nice prize,”

UEL sustainability project officer, Anne Spira, was delighted with the students’ efforts.

“With UEL’s goal to be in the top quarter of universities when it comes to carbon management, it’s great to see so many students engaged in a fun energy-saving competition.

“The students have saved energy and done something good for the planet.”

American ice cream giants, Ben & Jerry’s, donated free ice cream for the Alisa House residents at their award party.

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.