Online consultation on QAA/HEA draft guidance on ESD for UK higher education open until 3 January 2014

SML-qaa-online-consltnThe online consultation of Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) on the new draft guidance on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for UK higher education providers will come to a close on 3 January 2014. The guidance will then be published in early 2014.

Before launching this online consultation on 11 November, QAA and the Higher Education Academy (HEA), which collaborated in producing the draft, held a one-day consultation workshop in Birmingham on 5 November 2013 (see link below).

Why an ESD guidance?

This new ESD guidance aims to offer practical help to UK higher education providers who to embrace ESD as part of the student academic experience. Chapter B3: Learning and teaching of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (the Quality Code), published in September 2012, identifies education for sustainability* (or ESD) as an educational theme that cuts across academic disciplines. The new guidance, offering a point of reference to educators, intends to complement the Quality Code, sitting alongside it.

Why a consultation on this draft?

The ongoing online consultation aims to gather wider views of the higher education sector and its stakeholders on this draft guidance, which has been developed by an expert group drawn from and acting on behalf of UK higher education community. Falling in line with its consultative and transparent process through which it operates, QAA intends to ensure that the final product is as representative as practically possible.

What does the draft cover?

The draft guidance:

  • Introduces the concept of ESD
  • Identifies a set of graduate outcomes (knowledge and understanding, skills, and attributes) appropriate for use as a framework in programme design and delivery
  • Offers guidance on approaches to teaching, learning and assessment
  • Provides a list of web-based resources

The guidance is not prescriptive and recognises that the way ESD is delivered would depend on institutional and disciplinary context.

Who should respond to the consultation?

Contributions are welcome from anyone with an interest in students’ academic experiences in ESD.

This may include staff within higher education (e.g. related to programme design and delivery, academic quality and the student experience), students and student representatives, academic support organisations, and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies. The consultation survey (on Survey Monkey) can be accessed from http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ESD_Consultation

For further information, please contact Dr Laura Bellingham at L.Bellingham@qaa.ac.uk

Image adapted from the cover of the draft guidance

More….

Consultation on draft guidance for UK higher education providers on ESD (QAA news release)

Please note that this page allows you to view/download the survey questions beforehand

http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Newsroom/Consultations/Pages/Consultation-ESD.aspx

ESD draft guidance for UK higher education providers:

QAA policy on consultations http://www.qaa.ac.uk/AboutUs/corporate/Policies/Pages/QAA-policy-on-consultations.aspx

ESD on QAA website http://www.qaa.ac.uk/ImprovingHigherEducation/Pages/Leading-Curriculum-Change.aspx

ESD page on the Higher Education Academy (HEA) website http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/education-for-sustainable-development

ESD-related posts on the satellite websites of the Sustainable University One-stop Shop

Blog/ reflective diary

EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University (Part 1): curriculum content and delivery http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/education-pathway-to-sustainable.html

Opportunities for integrating sustainability across curricula (Part 2 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/opportunities-for-integrating.html

University of Planetshire approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 3 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/university-of-planetshire-approach-to.html

Outputs of the University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 4 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/outputs-of-university-of-planetshire.html

The starting point of our sustainability crisis? http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-starting-point-of-our-sustainability-crisis/

Who depends on whom? A game of plates http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/who-depends-on-whom-a-game-of-plates/

News

ESD has made inroads in new pedagogical ideas in future flexible higher education – HEA report https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/esd-has-made-inroads-in-new-pedagogical-ideas-in-future-flexible-higher-education-hea-report/

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) London Conference 2014: Call for Papers https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/education-for-sustainable-development-esd-london-conference-2014-call-for-papers/

QAA/HEA ESD Guidance Document for UK higher education goes under consultation https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/qaahea-esd-guidance-document-for-uk-higher-education-goes-under-consultation/

HEA-NUS Report 2013: Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/hea-nus-report-2013-student-attitudes-towards-and-skills-for-sustainable-development/

New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/new-website-the-guide-to-quality-and-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

CONFERENCE: Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/conference-quality-assurance-enhancement-and-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-creating-a-framework-for-dialogue/

New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/new-toolkit-problem-based-learning-a-case-study-of-sustainability-education/

Gloucestershire workshop on Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/gloucestershire-workshop-on-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

Delivering ESD and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/delivering-esd-and-graduate-attributes-through-hybrid-problem-based-learning/

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ESD has made inroads in new pedagogical ideas in future flexible higher education – HEA report

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Education for sustainable development (ESD) has already made inroads in six new pedagogical ideas that have cross-cutting significance for learning and teaching in the future of flexible higher education, says a report published by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in November 2013.

 

Authored by Dr Alex Ryan and Professor Daniella Tilbury from the University of Gloucestershire, Flexible pedagogies: new pedagogical ideas has identified six new pedagogical ideas on flexible learning as follows:

  • Learner empowerment – actively involving students in learning development and processes of co-creation
  • Future-facing education – enabling people to think critically, creatively and flexibly to generate alternative visions of the future
  • Decolonising education – extending intercultural understanding and experiences of students so they can be sensitive to global ways of working
  • Transformative capabilities – seeing capabilities not just as abilities but being able adapt a skill to be used in both familiar and unfamiliar circumstances
  • Crossing boundaries – to support interdisciplinary, interprofessional and cross-sectoral learning
  • Social learning – developing cultures and environments for learning that harness the emancipatory power of spaces and interactions outside the formal curriculum, particularly through the use of new technologies and co-curricular activities

 

The report highlights how each new idea has been integrated into the learning and teaching of ESD, which is now visible at all levels of education worldwide.

 

Moreover, it says that flexibility should be seen as a skill in its own right, rather than simply as an inclusive method of teaching in higher education.

 

This report is part of the HEA’s ‘Flexible pedagogies: preparing for the future’ series and its final series report by Professor Ron Barnett will be published in Summer 2014.

 

Photograph of the authors is from the University of Gloucestershire. The image of the cover of the report is from the HEA website.

 

More…

 

Flexible learning: six new ideas

http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-hea-partner-zone/1?CMP=twt_gu

 

Flexible Pedagogies: new pedagogical ideas (Report)

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/flexible-learning/flexiblepedagogies/new_ped_ideas/report

 

Flexible pedagogies: preparing for the future

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/projects/detail/Research/FP_prep_for_future_research

 

ESD page on the HEA website

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/education-for-sustainable-development

 

ESD-related posts on the satellite websites of the Sustainable University One-stop Shop

 

Blog/ reflective diary

 

EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University (Part 1): curriculum content and delivery

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/education-pathway-to-sustainable.html

 

Opportunities for integrating sustainability across curricula (Part 2 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University)

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/opportunities-for-integrating.html

 

University of Planetshire approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 3 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University)

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/university-of-planetshire-approach-to.html

 

Outputs of the University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 4 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University)

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/outputs-of-university-of-planetshire.html

 

The starting point of our sustainability crisis?

http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-starting-point-of-our-sustainability-crisis/

 

Who depends on whom? A game of plates

http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/who-depends-on-whom-a-game-of-plates/

 

News

 

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) London Conference 2014: Call for Papers

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/education-for-sustainable-development-esd-london-conference-2014-call-for-papers/

 

QAA/HEA ESD Guidance Document for UK higher education goes under consultation

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/qaahea-esd-guidance-document-for-uk-higher-education-goes-under-consultation/

 

HEA-NUS Report 2013: Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/hea-nus-report-2013-student-attitudes-towards-and-skills-for-sustainable-development/

 

New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/new-website-the-guide-to-quality-and-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

 

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

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/conference-quality-assurance-enhancement-and-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-creating-a-framework-for-dialogue/

 

Gloucestershire workshop on Education for Sustainability in Higher Education

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/gloucestershire-workshop-on-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

 

Delivering ESD and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/delivering-esd-and-graduate-attributes-through-hybrid-problem-based-learning/

 

New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/new-toolkit-problem-based-learning-a-case-study-of-sustainability-education/

 

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UCL symposium focuses on Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities

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As part of the BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities/UCL Grand Challenge Symposium Series, a symposium on Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities was held at University College London (UCL) on 5 and 6 November 2013.

Hosted by the UCL Grand Challenge for Sustainable Cities and the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR), the two-day event specifically looked to address the challenges around provision of resources for growing urban populations, with regard to the physical built environment, infrastructure, transport and water.

The programme of Day 1 on ‘Urban metabolism, feeding the city,’ comprised three sessions – Urban Challenges, Resource supply and Resource consumption – and a keynote address by Professor Herbert Girardet, co-founder of the World Future Council (WFC) on ‘Urban Metabolism’.

On Day 2 on ‘Research into action’, following an introduction by Professor Raimund Bleischwitz (BHP Billiton Chair in Sustainable Global Resources, UCL ISR), Dr Michele Acuto (Senior Lecturer in Global Networks and Diplomacy, UCL) chaired a panel discussion on Cities in Transition. The panel comprised:

  • Dr Inge Paulini (Secretary General, German Advisory Council on Global Change)
  • Rt Hon Charles Clarke (Honorary Professor of Economic Policy and Migration, UCL)
  • Professor Herbert Giradet (Co-founder, World Future Council and Visiting Professor, University of the West of England UWE)
  • Dr Lily Song (Provost (Postdoctoral) Fellow, UCL)
  • Professor Tadj Oreszczyn (Director of the UCL Energy Institute, Director of the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE) and Professor of Energy and Environment)
  • Dr Yacob Mulugetta (Reader in the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey)

UCL Grand Challenges is a mechanism that brings together concentrations of specialist expertise across UCL and beyond to address aspects of the world’s key problems. It comprises Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources generates knowledge in the globally sustainable use of natural resources and trains the future leaders of this field.

Photograph of the panel, by Asitha Jayawardena, who attended Day 2 only

 

More….

Symposium webpage

http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable/latest/symposium_series/activities

UCL Grand Challenges

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/grand-challenges

UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources

http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable

UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable-cities

 

Related news posts on Sustainable University News website (this website):

UCL CONFERENCE: Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/ucl-conference-sustainable-resources-for-sustainable-cities/

UCL Conference: Denaturalising nature, just sustainabilities and an ‘Environment Domain’

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/ucl-conference-denaturalising-nature-just-sustainabilities-and-an-environment-domain/

Anglia Ruskin launches Global Resource Observatory (GRO) project

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/anglia-ruskin-launches-global-resource-observatory-gro-project/

NEW BOOK: Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development: Learning Journeys in Conservation

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/new-book-searching-for-resilience-in-sustainable-development-learning-journeys-in-conservation/

UEL Sustainable City seminar on Challenges and Opportunities in East London

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/uel-sustainable-city-seminar-on-challenges-and-opportunities-in-east-london/

 

A related post on The Sustainable University Diary blog (ESD reflections):

A US storm derails my train of thought at UCL!

http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/a-us-storm-derails-my-train-of-thought-at-ucl/

 

A related post on The Sustainable University Notes blog:

Higher Education’s role in building a sustainable world

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/higher-educations-role-in-building.html

 

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Green Gown Awards 2013 – Winners and Highly Commended

SML-GGA2013-winners-broch-coverFourteen winners, 21 Highly Commended and 3 International winners ‘rocked’ onto sustainability stardom at the awards ceremony of Green Gown Awards 2013 held at Derby College on 12 November 2013. This year, the ceremony was hosted by Professor Iain Stewart MBE (Professor of Geosciences Communication at the University of Plymouth), a presenter of environmental programmes on the BBC, who is also known as geology’s ‘rock star’.

Organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), the Awards recognise annually the best sustainability practice within tertiary education in the UK, bringing together the sectors’ leaders, drivers and thinkers of sustainability. In parallel to the UK Awards, the Australasian Green Gown Awards are run by Australasia Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS). UK and Australasian winners will vie for international awards in three categories, namely Continuous Improvement, Social Responsibility and Student and Staff Engagement.

This year’s Winners and Highly Commended are as follows:

 

Winners – Green Gown Awards 2013

Best Newcomer – supported by AA Projects Ltd
Basingstoke College of Technology

Carbon Reduction – supported by SALIX
Lancaster University

Construction and Refurbishment – supported by CUBO
Belfast Metropolitan College

Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change
University of Bristol

Courses (large institution)
Coventry University

Courses (small institution)
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Facilities and Services – supported by SODEXO
University of Bradford

Learning and Skills
Nottingham Trent University

Modernisation – Effectiveness and Efficiency in the Estate – supported by AUDE
University of Aberdeen

Research and Development
University of York

Social Responsibility
The University of Manchester

Student and Staff Engagement – supported by SFC
Walsall College Student Union

Sustainability Champion Award – supported by The Energy Consortium
Maria Gilling, Principal, Walsall Adult and Community College

Technical Innovation for Sustainability – supported by SCHOMS
University College London

 

Winners – International Green Gown Awards 2013

Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change
Sunshine Coast TAFE, Australia

Social Responsibility
The University of Manchester

Student and Staff Engagement/Student Initiatives
University of Wollongong, Australia

 

Highly Commended – Green Gown Awards 2013

Best Newcomer – supported by AA Projects Ltd
Harrow College
South Essex College

Carbon Reduction – supported by SALIX
Durham University
University of Gloucestershire

Construction and Refurbishment – supported by CUBO
The Manchester College

Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change
Coleg Gwent
Cranfield University

Courses
Plymouth University
University of Bristol

Facilities and Services – supported by SODEXO
Durham University
University of Salford

Learning and Skills
University of Gloucestershire
Walsall Adult and Community College

Modernisation – Effectiveness and Efficiency in the Estate – supported by AUDE
Newcastle University

Social Responsibility
The University of Sheffield

Student and Staff Engagement – supported by SFC
Durham University
University of Brighton

Sustainability Champion Award – supported by The Energy Consortium
Ian Brown, Building Services Manager, Bradford College
Ivan Hopkins, Executive Chef, Nottingham Trent University

Technical Innovation for Sustainability – supported by SCHOMS
Nelson & Colne College
The University of Northampton

Image adapted from the cover of the Winners brochure available from the EAUC website

 

More…  

Green Gown Awards 2013 on the EAUC website
(Winners brochure and press release are available from this page)
http://www.eauc.org.uk/green_gown_awards

Winners and Highly Commended list on the EAUC website
http://www.eauc.org.uk/green_gown_awards_2013_winners_and_highly_comme

Green Gown Awards 2013 Australasia
http://www.eauc.org.uk/the_2013_green_gown_awards_australasia_are_now_

 

Related posts on Sustainable University News website (this website):

Manchester Metropolitan tops People & Planet Green League 2013
https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/manchester-metropolitan-tops-people-planet-green-league-2013/

Sierra Ranking 2013: University of Connecticut is America’s greenest
https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/sierra-ranking-2013-university-of-connecticut-is-americas-greenest/

UNEP publishes Greening Universities Toolkit
https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/unep-publishes-greening-universities-toolkit/

govtoday holds Third Annual Greening Education Conference
https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/govtoday-holds-third-annual-greening-education-conference/

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University Notes blog:

Higher Education’s role in building a sustainable world
http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/higher-educations-role-in-building.html

Pathways to a sustainable university
http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/pathways-to-sustainable-university.html

EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University (Part 1): curriculum content and delivery
http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/education-pathway-to-sustainable.html

Opportunities for integrating sustainability across curricula (Part 2 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University)
http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/opportunities-for-integrating.html

University of Planetshire approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 3 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University)
http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/university-of-planetshire-approach-to.html

Outputs of the University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 4 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University)
http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/outputs-of-university-of-planetshire.html

 

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Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) London Conference 2014: Call for Papers

LRCE-UNU-logos-110923Papers are invited for the forthcoming conference Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) London: Supporting employability, society and the environment: a curriculum for sustainability, which will be held at London South Bank University on 10 June 2014. This will be the first Annual Conference of the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on ESD, organised in partnership with 4 All of Us, a social enterprise event organization.

Bringing together educationalists, NGOs and employers, the conference aims to develop a London wide community of practice, with a view of inspiring and engaging the participants in promoting a sustainable future for all. It will comprise keynotes, panel Q&A, paper presentations, industry sessions, workshops and networking opportunities.

Three speakers have already confirmed attendance:

  • Jane Davidson, Director INSPIRE (Institute for Sustainability Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness), University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Professor Stephen Sterling, Head of Education for Sustainable Development, Plymouth University
  • Professor Daniella Tilbury, Director (Sustainability), University of Gloucestershire, and Chair UNESCO Expert Group on UN Decade in ESD

Two types of papers are welcome for submission:

  • Shared practice papers, which will outline and reflect on examples of course development and practice in individual subject areas or across disciplines
  • Issue based papers, which will examine a key issue of our times (e.g. climate change, war and conflict, social justice) in relation sustainable development and critically examine the implications for course development and curriculum

Requirements and key dates:

  • Abstracts (maximum 250 words) by 15 January  2014
  • Final draft (maximum 3500 words) by 15 April 2014

Papers will be eligible for consideration for a specialist edition of the journal Local Economy.

The London RCE on ESD is part of the UN University’s global RCE network, comprising 117 worldwide (as in November 2013).

 

More…

ESD London Conference website http://www.esdlondon.co.uk/

London RCE: Main website http://www.londonrce.kk5.org/ | News website http://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/ | Twitter http://twitter.com/rcelondon

UN University website: ESD page http://www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=108&ddlID=54 | Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) http://www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=1849&ddlID=183

4 All of Us: http://www.4allofus.org.uk/

Local Economy journal http://www.uk.sagepub.com/journals/Journal202011

 

ESD-related posts on the satellite websites of the Sustainable University One-stop Shop

Blog/ reflective diary

EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University (Part 1): curriculum content and delivery

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/education-pathway-to-sustainable.html

Opportunities for integrating sustainability across curricula (Part 2 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University)

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/opportunities-for-integrating.html

University of Planetshire approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 3 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University)

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/university-of-planetshire-approach-to.html

Outputs of the University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 4 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University)

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/outputs-of-university-of-planetshire.html

The starting point of our sustainability crisis?

http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-starting-point-of-our-sustainability-crisis/

Who depends on whom? A game of plates

http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/who-depends-on-whom-a-game-of-plates/

 

News

QAA/HEA ESD Guidance Document for UK higher education goes under consultation

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/qaahea-esd-guidance-document-for-uk-higher-education-goes-under-consultation/

HEA-NUS Report 2013: Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/hea-nus-report-2013-student-attitudes-towards-and-skills-for-sustainable-development/

New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/new-website-the-guide-to-quality-and-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

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

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/conference-quality-assurance-enhancement-and-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-creating-a-framework-for-dialogue/

Gloucestershire workshop on Education for Sustainability in Higher Education

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/gloucestershire-workshop-on-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

Delivering ESD and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/delivering-esd-and-graduate-attributes-through-hybrid-problem-based-learning/

New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/new-toolkit-problem-based-learning-a-case-study-of-sustainability-education/

 

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QAA/HEA ESD Guidance Document for UK higher education goes under consultation

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A one-day consultation workshop on the draft QAA/HEA Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Guidance Document for UK higher education providers took place in Birmingham on 5 November 2013.

Five speakers set the scene for the afternoon’s consultation process. In his welcome and introduction, Anthony McClaran (Chief Executive, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education QAA) highlighted the strategic need for reorienting higher education curricula in the context of sustainability and predicted that the QAA/HEA ESD Guidance document would have a real impact on the UK higher education sector.

Speaking on ‘The student demand for ESD’, Dom Anderson (Vice-President Society and Citizenship, National Union of Students NUS) drew attention to the strong student demand for sustainability in the curriculum, referring to the recent report Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development, by the HEA and the NUS. He emphasised that students and academics should work in partnership in the area of ESD.

In his speech on ‘The role of ESD in the Higher Education sector’, Simon Kemp (Academic Lead ESD, HEA and Co-convenor of the QAA/HEA Working Group) emphasised the one real remit of universities, namely Responsible Futures. In delivering this, informal curriculum can play a vital role in student engagement and part of the challenge is moving away from traditional campus greening, he said. He concluded with ‘the real challenge’: How could we engage the rest of higher education in ESD through a guidance document?

Professor Daniella Tilbury (Chair UNESCO DESD Expert Group and Director of Sustainability, University of Gloucestershire) spoke on the online resource ‘Guide to Quality and ESD in Higher Education’, which is a key outcome of the HEFCE funded project, Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement in 2010-2012. She highlighted that ESD, which is relevant to all, is about how we teach as well as what we teach. Referring to the Quality and ESD project’s five partner universities – Gloucestershire, Aston, Brighton, Exeter and Oxford Brookes – she outlined how different universities took different routes to link ESD to their Quality initiatives. She also mentioned that UNESCO has designated ESD as one of its top priorities for a decade from 2014.

The ESD Guidance Document consultation process was the topic for Professor James Longhurst (Assistant Vice-Chancellor Environment and Sustainability, University of the West of England UWE and Chair of the QAA/HEA Working Group). A collaborative product of the QAA and the HEA, this guidance document has been developed by representatives of the higher education community with ESD expertise. With the aim of assisting higher education practitioners who plan to offer students with opportunities in thinking and learning about sustainable development as part of the latter’s higher education experience, this guidance is structured around two strands: (1) Graduate outcomes (2) Teaching, learning and assessment. He said that the document is not prescriptive about delivery, intends to be relevant to educators of all disciplines, and includes signposts to further information and resources. He also described how the delegates were expected to participate in the consultation process in the afternoon.

In the afternoon the delegates took part in five consultation working groups:

  • Definitions and the need for ESD
  • Graduate outcomes: knowledge and understanding
  • Graduate outcomes: skills and attributes
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: approaches to teaching and learning
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: approaches to assessment, questions for educators

Later, representatives from the five groups gave feedback.

Finally, Simon Kemp and Dr Laura Bellingham (Assistant Director, Research Development and Partnerships, QAA and Co-convenor of the QAA/HEA Working Group) revealed the next steps. An eight-week online consultation will be open for the public soon. The final version of the guidance document is expected to be published in early 2014.

 

More….

News post on the ESD consultation workshop

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2013/05_nov_HEA_QAA_ESD

Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development (Report)

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/sustainability/ESD_student_attitudes_2013_v4.pdf

Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education (Online resource)

http://efsandquality.glos.ac.uk/

 

Related news posts on Sustainable University News website:

Consultation workshop: QAA/HEA Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Guidance Document

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/consultation-workshop-qaahea-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-guidance-document/

HEA-NUS Report 2013: Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/hea-nus-report-2013-student-attitudes-towards-and-skills-for-sustainable-development/

New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/new-website-the-guide-to-quality-and-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

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

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/conference-quality-assurance-enhancement-and-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-creating-a-framework-for-dialogue/

Gloucestershire workshop on Education for Sustainability in Higher Education

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/gloucestershire-workshop-on-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

Delivering ESD and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/delivering-esd-and-graduate-attributes-through-hybrid-problem-based-learning/

New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/new-toolkit-problem-based-learning-a-case-study-of-sustainability-education/

UNEP publishes Greening Universities Toolkit

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/unep-publishes-greening-universities-toolkit/

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University Notes blog:

EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University (Part 1): curriculum content and delivery

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/education-pathway-to-sustainable.html

Opportunities for integrating sustainability across curricula (Part 2 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University)

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/opportunities-for-integrating.html

University of Planetshire approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 3 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University)

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/university-of-planetshire-approach-to.html

Outputs of the University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 4 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University)

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/outputs-of-university-of-planetshire.html

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University Diary blog (ESD reflections):

The starting point of our sustainability crisis?

http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-starting-point-of-our-sustainability-crisis/

Who depends on whom? A game of plates

http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/who-depends-on-whom-a-game-of-plates/

 

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