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University of Wales and Severnside Recycling partnership strengthens sustainable education

The sustainable waste management and recycling sector has strengthened links with education, through an innovative partnership between University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) and Severnside Recycling. Severnside joins other members of South Wales’ business community in sponsoring teaching rooms and lecture theatres at the new £20 million Cardiff School of Management building – which has been built to exacting environmental standards.

The aim of the sponsorship is to bring together academic and industry expertise in the interest of the UWIC students and, in time, the local economy and further afield. Severnside will provide guest speakers to the university, as well as work placements and initiatives for students. The recycling sector will also benefit, as the university will provide academic skills to help with solving challenges such as finding landfill diversion solutions and other issues.

Severnside Recycling, also based in South Wales, is at the forefront of Wales’ environmental sector. Committed to delivering sustainable recycling and waste management options for its customers, the relationship with UWIC will, in time, enable Severnside to benefit from academic insight and research, while helping to provide an even wider range of recycling solutions for waste.

Mathew Prosser, Severnside’s commercial director, comments; "We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to partner with UWIC and the new Cardiff School of Management. Not only does it allow for commercial enterprises and academia to work together to benefit both the educational and business communities in Wales, it also allows us to bring together both academic thought and experience in the waste management and recycling sector. This partnership will enable us to explore future solutions and to raise awareness and improve best possible environmental practice."

David Pritchard CB, Dean of Cardiff School of Management, adds: "I would like to extend a huge thanks to the sponsors – all of whom have been hand-picked for their commitment to innovation and excellence in their field. The partnership with Severnside will demonstrate to students the impact on the environment that a career in the recycling and waste management sector could have, as well as highlighting the different opportunities that exist for Welsh students."

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