Issue date: 21 March 2013
Two members of the UWE Bristol community have won the chance to contribute to sustainability and community projects thanks to the Vodafone World of Difference awards.
Final year student Zak Ajia will spend four months creating an audit of biodegradable waste produced at UWE Bristol. Zak, who is studying for a BSc in Climate Change and Energy Management, will work with Keep Britain Tidy on the project.
Meanwhile staff member Fabia Jeddere-Fisher, who has just started work at UWE as an energy engineer, will be volunteering for the next four months at Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC). She will work with young people to build their communication and confidence skills using media such as radio and podcasting.
The Vodafone World of Difference programme, in its third year, has provided funding to enable 500 people who would love to do something for charity but can't afford to take the time off to do so.
Zak, who last year won UWE's Green Intern of the Year award said, “My project will help UWE investigate the best option of managing its biodegradable waste. This includes the possibility of renewable energy generation from waste. It will serve as a case study and guidelines for all UK universities exploring waste-to-energy strategies and technologies. The project will also provide Keep Britain Tidy with technical skills and experience in managing biodegradable waste.
“I am interested in waste and biofuels because of European Union landfill directives to reduce landfill waste. The issue of biofuels generation correlates with the EU 2020 renewable energy targets and I feel I will be able to contribute positively towards the EU goals and put in practice experience and skills gained from my course and work experience.”
Fabia will be co-ordinating radio and podcasting activities for young people at KWMC. She has volunteered with KWMC since 2011 and said, “I'm hoping to run various activities to get the young people voicing their opinions, interviewing people from the community, and finally listening back to edit complete podcasts for radio play.
“This is a great opportunity for young people to develop skills including research, interviewing, editing audio and presenting a finished show. The workshops will help them to develop core skills that can help them, socially and professionally, in the future.
“You can hear some of the podcasts I did with the young people at the XLR:Hiphop festival here: http://www.4ninerecords.org.uk/2012/02/16/xlr-podcasts/ “
Zak and Fabia are among 500 people from across the UK to be selected to work at their chosen charity part-time for four months, supported by the Vodafone Foundation.
See Zak's and Fabia's blogs at: