Date of release: Thursday, March 9, 2017

GuardianOutstanding achievement in staff equality and entrepreneurship has led to Greenwich being shortlisted for two prestigious Guardian University Awards.

The winners will be announced – and the trophies handed out – at an awards ceremony in London on Wednesday 29 March.

The work of the university's LGBT+ Staff Network has been shortlisted in the Guardian's category for Advancing Staff Equality. Recently named Network Group of the Year by leading equality rights charity Stonewall, the Staff Network has built a strong profile over the past year with an ambitious programme of events, initiatives, partnership work and social media campaigns.

It has strongly supported high-profile events such as Diversity Week, Mental Health Week, Trans Awareness Week, Pride and Older Persons Day.

The honour from Stonewall recognised the invaluable work that LGBT+ Staff Network members have been carrying out to promote equality, diversity and inclusion within the university. Greenwich was also ranked in Stonewall's Top 100 list of the nation's best-performing employers, for the second year running, and became the first university to be recognised as a centre of excellence for training schools about issues such as homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

Greenwich's second shortlisting, in the Entrepreneurship category, is based on the new global Annual Enterprise Challenge.

This competition was first opened to international students in 2015, with the aim of expanding the university's global reach and expertise.

The Challenge has inspired students to launch their own enterprises, with many start-up businesses operating today as a result. Through a series of workshops, which can also be accessed online, university experts help students develop their innovative ideas and business proposals. Staff also provide mentoring and identify any 'knowledge gaps' students may have.

Featuring in the university's Strategic Plan, the Challenge has enhanced Greenwich's reputation as a centre of entrepreneurship, with big plans to create even more new enterprises over the next few years.

Professor David Maguire, Vice-Chancellor, says: "The commitment shown by the university to equality and diversity, and to student entrepreneurship, are two of our defining characteristics. To be shortlisted for two Guardian University awards, in such a competitive process, is a tribute to the hard work and talent of many of the dedicated people we have at this university. Everyone at Greenwich can feel proud of this national recognition."

The university has previously won two top prizes at the Guardian University Awards, both in the Research Impact category.

One award was for the work of the Fire Safety Engineering Group in developing a new type of emergency signage system which could revolutionise evacuation procedures and help to save lives in emergency situations.

The second award was for a project led by the Natural Resources Institute, which is transforming the livelihoods of some of the world's poorest farmers.

Greenwich has also won nine Times Higher Education Awards, and four Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher & Further Education.

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