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Professor Andrew Hursthouse, Assistant Dean (Research & Enterprise) in the UWS School of Science and Sport, was recently awarded the Liangcheng Friendship Award of Xiangtan City, Hunan. The prestigious award is given every two years to individuals - technical experts, academics and industrialists, for example - who have made significant contribution to the development of Xiangtan and the wider region.

Andrew currently is undertaking environmental research with partner organisation Hunan University of Science and Technology (HNUST) in China.

I am absolutely delighted to be recognised by the City Government in this way.
Professor Andrew Hursthouse, Assistant Dean (Research & Enterprise) in the UWS School of Science and Sport

Commenting on his award Professor Hursthouse said “Our collaboration with HNUST focuses on research to improve the wider environment and protect human and ecosystem health. We have a strong partnership with academics and research students at HNUST and look forward to continuing our important collaborative research.”

Andrew is currently a High End Expert Scholar in China supported by the Hunan Regional Government and HNUST, and has been working with colleagues in China since 2014. His award was announced in December 2017 at a ceremony in Xiangtan City.

UWS expert in environmental research awarded Chinese regional government honour

Academic and student exchange opportunities are supported by the University’s collaboration with HNUST. Currently, PhD student Na Song from HNUST is studying at UWS with Andrew as her PhD supervisor. Na Song is researching resource exploitation from waste to treat environmental problems in China. Her studies focus in particular in wastewater and contamination treatment and she is researching the effects of pollutants and their potential impacts on land use and climate change.