Greening Further and Higher Education Sectors: Govtoday National Conference

The second annual National Greening the FE (Further Education) & HE (Higher Education) Sectors Conference and Exhibition: Promoting Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability was held in London on 30 May 2012.

Presented by Govtoday, this conference explored the direction that Further and Higher Education Institutions should take in order to lower environmental impacts while delivering the requirements of sustainable economic growth.

Facilitated by Simon Fanshawe, the conference saw a number of prominent speakers:

  • Joanna Simpson, Senior Policy Adviser, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
  • Derry Caleb, Chairman, Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE)
  • Iain Patton, Chief Executive, Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC)
  • David Frise, Head of Sustainability, Building & Engineering Services Association
  • Roy Morgan-Wood, Sustainability Champion, Leicester College
  • Simon Kemp, Academic Lead, Education for Sustainable Development, The Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Professor Andy Lane, Professor of Environmental Systems, The Open University
  • Dr habil Jasmin Godemann, Visiting Research Fellow, International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School

The programme also contained three sessions of Master Classes.

Photograph by Asitha Jayawardena

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Greenwich tops UK People & Planet Green League 2012

The University of Greenwich topped The People & Planet Green League 2012. The rest of the top five places went to Plymouth, Brighton, Gloucestershire and Nottingham Trent (last year’s winner).

Among the biggest forward leaps are those of the University of Surrey (67 places, from joint 114th in 2011 to 47th in 2012), Cardiff University (55 places, from joint 130th to 75th), the University of the West of England (UWE) (26 places, from joint 37th to joint 11th) and the University of Brighton (18 places, from 21st to 3rd).

The top 25 green universities are as follows:

1 University of Greenwich

2 University of Plymouth

3 University of Brighton

4 University of Gloucestershire

5 Nottingham Trent University

6 University of Central Lancashire

7 Bournemouth University

8 Bath Spa University

8 University of Bradford

10        Manchester Metropolitan University

11        Aston University

11        University of East Anglia

11        University of The West of England, Bristol

11        University of Worcester

15        Oxford Brookes University

16        De Montfort University

16        University of Portsmouth

16        University of East London

19        Bangor University

19        Sheffield Hallam University

21        University of Huddersfield

21        Liverpool John Moores University

21        Cardiff Metropolitan University

24        University of Exeter

25        University of Derby

More… (Full list of Green League 2012 on The Guardian website)

More… (More detailed full list of Green League 2012 on People & Planet website)

More… (About the winner, the University of Greenwich)

More… (About the biggest rises and falls)

More… (How points are scored for the rankings)

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Enhancing the quality and impact of ESD in the Higher Education community: the work of the Higher Education Academy

An event titled ‘Enhancing the quality and impact of ESD in the Higher Education community: the work of the Higher Education Academy’ will be held at the University of Gloucestershire on 26 June 2012.

Organised by the RCE Severn and led by Simon Kemp, Academic Lead, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the event will explore HEA’s projects and approach in supporting individuals and institutions that seek to embed sustainable development across the curriculum and student experience.

Photograph from the University of Gloucestershire website

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CONFERENCE: Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue

A national conference, titled ‘Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue,’ will be held on 2 July 2012 at Aston University, UK. Anthony McClaran, CEO of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), will provide the headline presentation at this event, which will involve keynote speakers, plenary discussions and interactive workshops.

The conference is informed by Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement, a project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This two-year project, scheduled to end in September 2012, is a result of the recognition of the need for strategic work to scale up efforts on ESD through the quality assurance and enhancement systems of higher education. Led by the University of Gloucestershire, the project operates through an institutional arm (a consortium of five universities comprising Gloucestershire, Aston, Brighton, Exeter and Oxford Brookes) and a sector arm (working with QAA, Higher Education Academy and an Expert Advisory Board chaired by QAA). The conference will bring together findings and insights emerging from the project.

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Jane Davidson to lead RCE Severn event on university sustainability

‘Putting Sustainability at the Heart of the University; a View from West Wales’, an event led by Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE, (Institute for Sustainability Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness), University of Wales Trinity Saint David, will take place at the University of Gloucestershire from 4.00 to 5.30pm on 9 May 2012. It is organised by RCE Severn (Regional Centre of Expertise on Sustainability Education).

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