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New housing partnership helps students tap into green technology

Doncaster housing organisation St Leger Homes has been given £75,000 of funding from the Wates Family Enterprise Trust to offer green technology benefits to tenants

Scott Culyer & James DowneyThe trust funding is facilitating a partnership with Sheffield Hallam University in which two students from the university will join St Leger Homes to examine the potential use of green technology and develop tenants’ knowledge of it.

The students, from the university’s faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Science (ACES) and Enterprise Centre, will take up Enhanced Mentored Placements at the housing organisation for 48 weeks. 

James Downie (22, pictured left) from Macclesfield, an Energy Engineering for Sustainability student has now been tasked with developing a route map for improving the environmental performance of St Leger Homes’ housing stock. Keen to pursue a career in energy engineering, this placement is an opportunity for James to directly apply the technical knowledge he has learnt in a real-life environment.   

Scott Culyer (pictured right) from Rotherham is a mature student in Environmental Management. He will work with St Leger Homes to develop an education programme for tenants to enable them to understand the environmental and financial benefits of green technologies.

The funding from the Wates Family Enterprise Trust comes following a submission from St Leger Homes and its Decent Homes partner, Wates Living Space, having recognised the potential impact this programme will have on the environment and the community in Doncaster.

Joanne Jamieson, the business unit director of Wates Living Space in Yorkshire and the North East, said: “Our ongoing partnership with St Leger Homes in Doncaster identified a need to enhance the application of green technologies in its housing stock while also helping residents understand the importance of sustainable living.

"I am delighted the Wates Family Enterprise Trust have supported us in this process and I wish all the luck to James and Scott in their placements. I look forward to seeing the future benefits they will bring to the communities in Doncaster.”

Professor Alan Smith, the head of business development for ACES, said: "St Leger Homes gains expertise and project delivery with associated financial benefits while Sheffield Hallam can establish a long-term relationship with the organisation. Furthermore, the students will receive excellent work experience to place on their CV.”

Susan Jordan, the chief executive of St Leger Homes, said: “We already enjoy a good relationship with the university and are looking forward to strengthening this and hope that our tenants will benefit from their research. We also hope the work experience provided will benefit the students.”

St Leger Homes, which manages just under 21,000 homes for Doncaster Council, is also working with the university to look at ways of creating and supporting social enterprises in Doncaster which could benefit their tenants.

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