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​Chichester becomes UK’s longest-serving university of sustainability initiative Jump

Jump awardsh encourage people to engage in environmental and wellbeing programmes


STUDENTS and staff from the University of Chichester have been praised for their commitment to sustainability and wellness by a national initiative.

A number of accolades were given out at last week’s Jump awards, which encourages people to engage in environmental and wellbeing programmes. It was the fifth annual ceremony hosted at the University, making Chichester the UK’s longest university participant of the programme.

Since launching in October 2014, more than 300 staff and students have signed up. It follows news that Chichester has been named in the UK’s top five most environmentally-friendly universities after reducing its carbon emissions by more than 1,200 tonnes in the last decade.

University Chief Human Resources Officer Elisabeth Whitaker said: “Our annual awards ceremony is key for engaging our people in Jump and celebrating the positive steps taken by our people. With more than 5,000 students and 1,000 members of staff, our activities can have a large impact on our local and global environment, and we are committed to creating a culture of environmental awareness throughout our community.”

The annual Jump awards ceremony, which was organised by second-year event management students, celebrates the programme’s achievements. This year, both top performing staff, students, and teams received awards, with the University’s IT services winning £500 and a Jump trophy for earning the most points per person.

Since launching in October 2014, more than 300 staff and students have signed up

Between them the team spent more than 126,000 minutes walking, avoided almost 1,400 single use plastic items, and had more than 2,000 disposable cup-free days. The programme encourages individuals to get involved with sustainability and wellbeing behaviours including avoiding plastics, travelling actively, saving energy, leaving your car behind, recycling, and positive actions.

Members earn green points for taking part through the Jump web platform or app, with prizes for the teams and individuals who earn the most points. Staff and students also earn points for teamwork activities, in line with the University’s sustainability ethos of creating a culture of environmental awareness and community.

Kate Cathie, Environment and Sustainable Development Coordinator at the University, said “Universities now are all about student experience and employability, and we work hard to bring these elements into our Jump programme. The brilliant thing is that we get new faces every year. Our fifth Jump awards ceremony was a great success and testament to the professionalism of our event management students - we look forward to many more.”

Student recruitment and admissions came second place, winning £250 and academic quality standards service, executive team, psychology and counselling, and estate management, who came third, received £150. The individual nominated for their huge contribution to Jump this year, was Jo Parker who was crowned Jump champion 2019.

The annual Jump awards ceremony was organised by second-year event management students.

Jump Chief Executive Graham Simmonds presented the award to Ms Parker and said: “As the longest running Jump university programme in the country, it’s exciting to see the University of Chichester continuing to build momentum and introduce new activities such as IEMA membership for its Jump student ambassadors; and looking ahead the new dedicated Jump app for the University should boost engagement to even higher levels in the coming academic year.”

To find out more about how the University of Chichester is developing an environmentally-sustainable future go to For more about the Jump awards visit

Top photo, left to right: Kate Cathie (Environment and Sustainable Development Co-ordinator, University of Chichester), Elisabeth Whitaker (Chief Human Resources Officer, University of Chichester), Jo Parker (Jump Champion 2019, University of Chichester) and Graham Simmonds (Chief Executive, Jump).