Hip, hip, hooray for Sam! Winner of Student of the Year, Commerical Impact Award

Hip, hip, hooray for Sam! Winner of Student of the Year, Commerical Impact Award

Sam Armstrong, MSc Environmental Management and Intern with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

"I have really enjoyed working as a research intern with external companies. My knowledge and research skill set have developed as part of this work, benefiting both my personal and professional development."

Sam Armstrong, MSc Environmental Management at the Lancaster Environment Centre, has won the 2018 Lancaster University Student of the Year Award for Commercial Impact. His application was put forward by the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation after Sam completed not one, but two company internships with excellent feedback from each organisation.

Firstly, Sam worked with Guild Energy Ltd to investigate energy efficient products, which could be applicable to the SME market. Sam also helped Chester Community Energy Ltd to fund a replacement LED lighting scheme for clients in and around Chester. Both projects were facilitated through the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an ERDF project aiming to integrate university resource with regional business to deliver low carbon innovations.

"Sam did a superb job in both internship positions. His work with Guild Energy is being considered for business strategy progression, demonstrating it’s importance, and he enabled Chester Community Energy to raise community shares to fund its LED replacement project." Said Fiona McVey, Graduate Placement Manager at the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation.

When asked what is next for Sam, he says, "After graduating, I have arranged to work as a research volunteer abroad in Nepal and Bali, researching into air quality issues and running relevant environmental awareness campaigns for local communities. I am looking to study for a PhD in the UK on my return".