UCEM named Partnership of the Year at The King’s Foundation awards

Posted on: 13 June, 2024

UCEM is delighted to announce that it has received the Partnership of the Year award from The King’s Foundation.

These inaugural awards, attended by His Majesty The King, Royal Founding President, are set to become a regular opportunity to recognise and celebrate the work of The King’s Foundation.

The ceremony, which took place at St James’s Palace, London on June 11, was attended by 250 guests, including nominees, families, celebrities and notable supporters of the Foundation.

Nine awards were presented at the ceremony, with each celebrating the efforts of individuals and institutions across a spectrum of areas, from teaching and entrepreneurial spirit to international impact and emerging talent.

UCEM won the Partnership of the Year award, which was presented by Alan Titchmarsh, ambassador for The King’s Foundation, and accepted by Aled Williams, Executive Director, Innovation and Partnerships at UCEM.

The purpose of this award is to recognise ‘an organisation that has gone above and beyond to partner with The King’s Foundation during the year’. As the Foundation noted:

‘UCEM have been a longstanding and proactive partner of The King’s Foundation, partnering on research, developing the Poundbury Series (their most popular online course) and turning the Rapid Planning Toolkit into an educational resource.

In a first Knowledge Transfer Partnership for both organisations, as a spin-off from the Building a Legacy workshops on building towards net-zero carbon homes, they have established digital and physical regional building hubs to help SME builders with funding, building solutions and supply chains. This initiative has attracted a steering group of ten industry leaders and is expected to deliver significant impact in this sector.’

On receiving this award, UCEM Vice Chancellor Ashley Wheaton commented:

‘It is an incredible honour to be recognised for the partnership work we have undertaken with The King’s Foundation over the last decade to help them in defining, validating and extending their important work on ‘Building a Legacy’. We are extremely privileged and grateful to be able to play our part in helping The King’s Foundation realise its vision, and to contribute to creating a more sustainable world.’