Innovation award for The Student Invasive Non Native Group

07 January 2013

Innovation award for The Student Invasive Non Native Group

The Student Invasive Non Native Species local action group (SINNG) based at Cornwall College Newquay, supported with funding from Defra, was judged to be the “best example of innovation in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) course or training programme” by the NEF Institute of Knowledge and Innovation at a ceremony in London recently. Project co-ordinator Nicola Morris, seen here with Maggie Philbin (TeenTech & BBC) and Tony Maloney (National Grid) collecting the award on behalf of the 170+ members of SINNG – said “It was an absolute honour to be able to collect the award on behalf of the incredible hard working students I am privileged to work with. It is great to have all the hard work being recognised and shows that volunteering is a very worthwhile and valued aspect of conservation work.” SINNG was nominated for delivering effective action (approaching 4,000 hours) on INNS and increased student academic engagement. Professor Sa’ad Medhat, CEO of NEF, explained that nominees “were judged for their clarity of intended purpose, uniqueness of approach, potential impact, and whether they stimulated and galvanised others.”

Back at Newquay, several SINNG members were congratulated by Philip Rees, Chair of Governors of Cornwall College. Current BSc Applied Zoology student Tracey Twomey said: “I’ve been involved in some of the practical work helping to clear invasive species, as well as helping at events such as the Boscastle Balsam Bash, talking to members of the public about how they can help control the spread of invasive non-native species. It’s great that SINNG has won the award; it feels really good that all the hard work put in by volunteers has been recognised and shows that we are doing a good job!"

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