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Sustainability Action

2015 Staff Team Award

Read more about the winner and runner up of the 2015 Sustainability Action Award for a Staff Team.

Alex Rogers receiving the award on behalf of the Joulo team
Alex Rogers receiving the award on behalf of the Joulo team


Winner of the Outstanding Staff Team award: Joulo Project

Group members: Prof. Alex Rogers, Dr Reuben Wilcock

Joulo began as a university research project in 2012 investigating low-cost ways to provide home heating advice to householders – an area generally poorly understood, despite typically being the largest component of a household’s energy bill. Joulo created a low-cost temperature logger which requires no technical skills, has the data analysed online through machine learning algorithms, and provides the user with instant analysis of how they are using their heating and advice on how to reduce their energy costs.

The initial trial in over 750 homes identified potential savings of over £50,000 and attracted significant interest from industry and government, including Google, IBM, and the Department for Energy and Climate Change. In September 2013, Joulo won the inaugural British Gas Connected Homes Start-up Competition, with Joulo was described as the UK’s brightest home tech start-up.

Trials with three UK energy companies followed in 2014 involving a further 1500 users, and in January this year 1000 devices have been deployed across Highfield campus to enable the University estates team to optimise heating and cooling, reducing both cost and carbon emissions.

Runner-up of the Outstanding Staff Team award: University Social Innovation Lab

Group members: Dr Pathik Pathak, Josie Francis

The Social Innovation Lab provides a hub for social innovation and entrepreneurship at the university, recognising that the university should be a community anchor in Southampton. Through a range of curricular and extra-curricular initiatives and events, the lab offers staff and students the opportunity to learn about, and experiment with, the concepts of social innovation and entrepreneurship in relation to real social issues, in particular through:

Due to its successes, the Lab has secured 4 international partnerships, including being awarded a consultancy by British Council Vietnam to work on their new social enterprise in higher education programme for universities across Vietnam.


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