Vice-Chancellor's Social Impact Award

Congratulations to Meg Groom, Darwin PhD student in Physics, and the College’s Sustainability Engagement Coordinator, who has been recognised for her efforts to improve sustainability at Darwin and more broadly.

Meg received a Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Award at an event organised by Cambridge Hub, a student-led group promoting social action. One of 15 students honoured at the awards last Thursday, Meg was recognised for her academic focus on developing an optical technique to monitor degradation in lithium-ion batteries, as well as her involvement in sustainability and community-building initiatives in Darwin and at Cambridge.

The acting Vice-Chancellor, Dr Anthony Freeling, who presented the award, said:

“It is truly inspiring to witness the innovative and creative ways in which our students have worked tirelessly for social and climate justice, promoted equal opportunities and access to education, addressed mental health issues and loneliness, and championed the protection of the natural world. I am proud of all the brilliant students at the University of Cambridge who have used their talents, kindness and compassion to support good causes and improve our communities.”

Forty-two students from across the University were nominated for awards, of which 15 were chosen as winners and one for special recognition by the judging panel. 

"I am delighted to receive this award," said Meg.

"I feel grateful to all the members of Darwin College who have volunteered their time, energy and knowledge to Green Weeks, Project Second Life, DarWild, gardening and Green Impact. Community projects such as these don't happen without lots of engaged volunteers. Hearing about other winners' journeys during the awards ceremony has inspired me to continue to learn more about how I can make an impact during my time at Cambridge. I hope that in my role as Sustainability Engagement Coordinator at Darwin, I can support members to make the sustainability changes they want to see and learn about topics beyond their studies."