• SGN Press release


    Our mentors support shortlisted student teams as sustainability competition regional finals approach


    2 May 2019 

    Colleagues from across our business are working with student teams to develop their ideas to solve critical issues affecting our planet ahead of regional finals for a national sustainability competition.

    Our mentors have been supporting schools across our gas network regions in Scotland and south-east England to create innovative ideas and enter them as part of the Solutions for the Planet Big Ideas Competition 2019. The shortlisting panel deliberated the 169 submissions to the competition last month and have selected 63 to advance to the regional finals.

    Students have received feedback following their submissions and will be working with mentors from SGN, Tarmac, IGEM, Brammer Buck & Hickman, Mears Group and SUEZ to progress their business plans and hone their presentation skills over the next couple of weeks before demonstrating their Big Ideas to judges.


    Shortlisted Mayfield School teams progress their Big Ideas in development sessions with support of business partner mentors 

    Dan Brown from our Communications team supported five shortlisted student teams at Mayfield School in Portsmouth during a development session on Tuesday 30 April. Dan said: “It’s fantastic to see how determined each team is to refine their ideas and work on how they will present these to the judges in a fun and creative way. There’s a diverse selection of solutions to challenges facing local communities and the world and it’s great to see that the Mayfield students’ effort, knowledge and enthusiasm has been recognised through the shortlisting.

    “Although the programme encourages young people to explore opportunities within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), students are also gaining valuable teamwork skills as well as confidence in being able to communicate their ideas both in writing and through presenting to an audience, which will benefit them in further education and future careers.”

    The five teams from Mayfield School will be pitching their ideas against teams from Priory School, Ark Charter Academy and Castle View Academy at the University of Portsmouth on Wednesday 15 May. Ten other teams from the south-east region will present their Big Ideas at the Museum of London on Friday 17 May.

    Five teams from Larbert High School and four teams from Biggar High School mentored by our colleagues in Scotland will participate in the Scottish regional final held at the University of Glasgow on Thursday 9 May.

    The competition is also open to schools in the West Midlands and the north of England, where 22 teams and 11 teams have made it to the respective regional finals.

    Sarah Milburn, Programme Coordinator at Solutions for the Planet, said: “Another year of creative Big Ideas, and yet more indication that if we can just give our young people guidance, a voice, and a platform from which to speak, the future could be in safe hands. I can’t wait to see the regional finalists present in May!”

    Successful teams who amaze the judges will advance to the National Final at the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday 26 June.