Guardian University Awards triumph for Greenwich

Date of release: Thursday, March 19, 2015

WinnersA prize for 'Research Impact' has been awarded to Greenwich at the Guardian University Awards.

The award is for the work of the university's Natural Resources Institute (NRI), which is leading a project to help transform the livelihoods of more than 90,000 farmers across five African countries.

The winners were announced at a ceremony in London last night (18 March).

The Guardian University Awards, now in their third year, aim to showcase world-class teaching, research, leadership and engagement within higher education.

The winning project, known as C:AVA (Cassava: Adding Value for Africa), sees scientists at NRI helping farmers out of poverty by developing a highly marketable product – High Quality Cassava Flour – and nurturing a new industry to produce, process and use the flour.

The initiative has so far supported over 90,000 farming families, 300 village processing groups and more than 50 enterprises, who last year contributed to the production of 24,000 tonnes of high quality flour.

Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, C:AVA is a partnership between the Natural Resources Institute, part of the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science, and a wide range of organisations in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi.

This is the second year running that the university has won the Guardian's Research Impact category. In 2014, it was awarded top prize for the work of the Fire Safety Engineering Group in developing a new type of emergency signage system, which could revolutionise evacuation procedures.

Professor David Maguire, Vice-Chancellor, says: "Our commitment to world-class research of the highest quality is one of our key missions as a university. We aim to carry out work that has the potential to change lives, and this is perfectly illustrated by the C:AVA project and our work in Africa. To have won this award two years running is also a tribute to our dedicated and talented staff, and everyone at Greenwich should feel proud of this latest success."

Greenwich has now won nine Times Higher Education Awards, three Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher & Further Education, and two Guardian University Awards.

For more information on the Guardian University Awards: 
http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2015/mar/18/guardian-university-awards-2015-winners-and-runners-up

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Pictured from left: Adrienne Martin, Professor Ben Bennett, and Lora Forsythe of NRI; Professor William Otim-Nape of the Africa Innovations Institute in Uganda, a partner in C:AVA; and Vice-Chancellor Professor David Maguire.