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UEL wins in Corporate Responsibility category at Newham business awards

University praised for its civic engagement initiatives and other efforts 

The University of East London (UEL) has triumphed in the Corporate Social Responsibility category at the Newham Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards 2017. 

UEL was praised for its commitment to civic engagement and efforts in supporting projects that impact the lives of local people. 

Professor Hassan Abdalla (pictured second from right holding award), Pro-Vice Chancellor of UEL’s College of Arts, Technology and Innovation at UEL, said, “This is a wonderful accomplishment for UEL.

"Civic engagement is a core value for us, with staff and students doing so much to improve the local community of which we’re a part. This recognition is really deserved.

"And we really value the excellent partnership with Newham Chamber of Commerce and Newham Borough."

Professor Nora Colton (Acting Vice-Chancellor) said, “UEL values being part of the fabric of east London, and is passionate about building local partnerships so we can work together to improve our community and create opportunities for the people and businesses of Newham. This award is well deserved.”

The Corporate Social Responsibility award recognises Newham businesses which possess a strong sense of responsibility and consideration for their role as corporate citizens. 

The business awards were held at the Old Town Hall in Stratford on 5 October. Over 200 Newham companies were represented at the ceremony. 

UEL’s award submission was written by Mr Gaurav Malik (pictured third from right), a senior lecturer in computer science and informatics at UEL. 

Mr Malik said, “We were all very happy when our name was read out as the winner. Our social responsibility is excellent, and the other shortlisted companies were really good.”

Mr Malik, an 'outreach champion' for the college who has also initiated the Hour of Coding project which gives hundreds of local primary school students the chance to learn coding at UEL. added, “I'm so grateful to London City Airport and Anna Boss, the sustainable procurement manager at London City Airport, for sponsoring this category and presenting us with the award on the night..

A project which helped UEL clench the award is led by Dr Heba Ehab Elsharkawy, a senior lecturer in architecture and design technology. 

Dr Ehab Elsharkawy has been reviewing problems around damp, cold, and mould in residential tower blocks in Newham in an effort to assess housing energy efficiency problems and causes. 

Her team are now working on recommendations for Newham Council aimed at improving indoor thermal comfort, energy efficiency, building aesthetics, and ways to help residents reduce their energy bills.