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NUS Awards 2015: Newcastle University SU wins Enterprise Award

Thursday 09-07-2015 - 17:27

Newcastle University Students’ Union collected the Enterprise Award in recognition of its wide ranging learning and development opportunities.

Newcastle University Students’ Union received the Enterprise Award at this year’s NUS Awards in recognition of their Stu Brew project.

Stu Brew is Europe’s first microbrewery to be managed by and for students and produces real ale products, crafted by students, with sales taking place through the students’ union bars, university events and student society events. As well as producing first class real ales from students’ own recipes, the enterprise aims to promote sustainable, low-impact local produce amongst the student community, and is striving to minimise the environmental impact of the brewing process.

The enterprise is a partnership between Newcastle University Students’ Union and the university’s Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials department. The profits from beer sales are being invested back into training so that more students can learn the art of craft brewing, and also develop their entrepreneurial skills including sales, label design, marketing and financial management. The microbrewery is working towards being as environmentally sustainable as possible by dealing with waste responsibly and reducing our energy and water usage – spent grain is fed to local pigs and used hops are a valuable mulching material for our student-managed orchard.

The microbrewery has been established with support from NUS’s Student Green Fund, and a team of dedicated students from a wide range of departments have worked extremely hard over the last two years to get the microbrewery installed and functional, whilst laying the groundwork for a profitable enterprise.

What the winners said:
‘Winning the Enterprise Award is an incredible feeling. The fact that we were founded and supported by NUS throughout as well as the support we’ve received from our union and university has been amazing and nothing could have been realised without it.’ - Anawat Tarr, co-president of the Student Brewing Society at Newcastle University Students’ Union

What the judges said about Newcastle University Students’ Union:
‘This enterprise demonstrates really clear impacts for students and provides wide ranging learning and development opportunities.’

Four other students’ unions also featured in the shortlist of nominees for the Diversity Award, with the Students’ Union University of the Arts London being named runners up.

The NUS Awards are an annual celebration of the enormous work which students’ unions, officers and staff do. For more information about the other NUS Award winners from the night, please visit www.nusconnect.org.uk.  

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