Second Anniversary of News website of The Sustainable University One-stop Shop

The Sustainable University (SU) News and Information website (https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/) celebrated its second anniversary in December 2013.

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Launched in December 2011, the SU News website publishes news related to sustainability in higher education and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), mainly with a UK focus. It is one of the seven satellite websites of The SU One-stop Shop (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/), which has been recognised in Greening Universities Toolkit (http://www.unep.org/Training/docs/Greening_University_Toolkit.pdf, page 61) of The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

As on 29 December 2013, the SU News website has 149 posts and 8,270 views from around the world. The day and the month with most views are 28 March 2013 (96 views) and June 2013 (773 views).

Recently, it has shown an increased growth in international readership. For example, on 14 November 2013, it started using ClustrMaps application that displays the location of visitors. This map shows that in the period 14 November to 23 December 2013 (40 days), the SU News website has attracted 738 views from all continents (please see map above).

 

Top Ten countries of SU News website (in terms of views) – since 25 February 2012

As on 29 December 2013

United Kingdom – 5180

United States – 564

Australia – 251

India – 193

France – 97

Canada – 85

Germany – 72

Netherlands – 69

Italy – 52

10 Indonesia – 51

Source: WordPress

 

Top 10 posts on the SU News website (in terms of views)

As on 29 December 2013

1 NEW COURSE: Sustainability: Working for Positive Change MSc – 281

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/new-course-sustainability-working-for-positive-change-msc/

2 CONFERENCE: Public Private Partnership (PPP) Body of Knowledge (3P Book) International Conference – 171

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/conference-public-private-partnership-ppp-body-of-knowledge-3p-book-international-conference/

3 UNEP publishes Greening Universities Toolkit – 167

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

4 Meridian: The greener recycling bin from Greenwich – 157

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/meridian-the-greener-recycling-bin-from-greenwich/

5 Mayor announces Low Carbon Prize winners – 130

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/mayor-announces-low-carbon-prize-winners/

6 Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education: Engaging Communities of Learning in Change for Sustainability – 114

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/rio20-treaty-on-higher-education-engaging-communities-of-learning-in-change-for-sustainability/

7 Southampton Blackout 2013: ‘pizza driven energy reduction’ – 114

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/southampton-blackout-2013-pizza-driven-energy-reduction/

8 Rethinking the Engineer: Cambridge Engineering ESD Conference – 99

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/rethinking-the-engineer-cambridge-engineering-esd-conference/

9 Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) London Conference 2014: Call for Papers – 96

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

10= BOOK LAUNCH: The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects – 90

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/book-launch-the-sustainable-university-progress-and-prospects/

10= UCL Conference: Responding to Environmental Complexity – 90

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/ucl-conference-responding-to-environmental-complexity/

Source: WordPress

 

The Sustainable University One-stop Shop

Launched in January 2011 as a single website, The SU One-stop Shop advances sustainability in higher education and education for sustainable development (ESD) worldwide through an integrated approach comprising education, communication, research, networking and motivation.

Over the last three years, it has achieved 27,000 hits while growing into a web suite that comprises seven satellite websites: News & Information https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/, Research http://suresearch1.wordpress.com/, Good Practice http://sugoodpractice.wordpress.com/, Quotes http://suquotesfacts.wordpress.com/, Blog http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/, Diary http://esddiary.wordpress.com/ and Micro-blog (Twitter) http://twitter.com/sustainableuni1.

Its social updates scheme ‘Sharing for a Sustainable World’ (#SSW) comprises eight updates, including sustainable development (#SDupdate) and climate change (#CCupdate).

It has entirely been developed using free resources (free website builders and social networking).

Image is an adaptation of images from ClustrMap (map) and WordPress (background with tags)

 

The suite of Sustainable University websites: Sustainable University One-stop Shop | News and Information | Research | Good Practice | Quotes | Blog | Diary | Micro-blog (@sustainableuni1 on Twitter)

‘Sharing for a Sustainable World’ #SSW on http://twitter.com/sustainableuni1 & http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj/

Nottingham’s free online course: Sustainability, Society and You

SML-Nottingham-courseA free online course, ‘Sustainability, Society and You,’ will start on 6 January 2014. Delivered by the University of Nottingham in partnership of FutureLearn, this eight-week course will provide participants with an introduction to the major global issue of sustainability while helping them discover how they can have a real impact on the future.

Although no prior knowledge is required to take this course, participants will be expected to have a mind that is open to new ideas and approaches and also a willingness to reflect upon their own contribution towards a more sustainable society.

This online programme will provide an introduction to the values and principles associated with sustainability and will equip participants with some of the knowledge and understanding needed to inform sustainable decision-making in their personal and professional life. The course is structured as follows:

  • What do we think about sustainability?
  • Sustainability – a historical perspective
  • Big issues for our world
  • Organisations and sustainability
  • Sustaining society, sustaining culture
  • Learning for and through sustainability
  • Case studies in sustainability
  • Sustainability and you

Through videos, readings and discussions, course participants will explore sustainability from a variety of perspectives such as economic, political, social, cultural, historical, arts, engineering, business, learning, geography and personal. They will also be encouraged to look at their own behaviours and to find, produce, share and discuss resources on sustainability.

The course, led by Dr Sarah Speight (archaeologist, educator and The University of Nottingham’s academic lead on Sustainability), will also feature contributions from academics across a variety of disciplines, supported by expert facilitators. It has been put together using material generated by the university and that from third-party ‘Creative Commons’ licensed sources. FutureLearn, a private company wholly owned by The Open University, facilitates this course. It is behind the UK’s first provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

The course invites all to join the conversation on Twitter or in blogging with the hashtag #FLsustain.

Image from the course website

 

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Course website https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/sustainability-society-and-you#!

Join the course https://www.futurelearn.com/register?course=sustainability-society-and-you

Free eBooks (for downloading) http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/open/ebooksandibooks.aspx

FutureLearn website https://www.futurelearn.com/

ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) page of The University of Nottingham

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/teaching/teaching/esd/sustainability.aspx

Sustainability home page of The University of Nottingham http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sustainability/index.aspx

Facebook page – Sustainability at The University of Nottingham https://www.facebook.com/UoNSustainability

Twitter page – Sustainability at The University of Nottingham https://twitter.com/UoNSustain – @UoNSustain

 

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

 

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/

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University News & Info website

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/

COPERNICUS conf: Leadership in a Changing World: Higher education, sustainability and the new Global Action Programme on ESD https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/copernicus-conf-leadership-in-a-changing-world-higher-education-sustainability-and-the-new-global-action-programme-on-esd/

Nottingham building achieves a BREEAM Outstanding rating https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/nottingham-building-achieves-a-breeam-outstanding-rating/

London South Bank University (LSBU) in Africa: Education for Sustainability (EfS) Residential 2013 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/london-south-bank-university-lsbu-in-africa-education-for-sustainability-efs-residential-2013/

Consider Gross National Happiness in policy formation, says Prof Singh at Essex workshop https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/consider-gross-national-happiness-in-policy-formation-says-prof-singh-at-essex-workshop/

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/

Online consultation on QAA/HEA draft guidance on ESD for UK higher education open until 3 January 2014 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/online-consultation-on-qaahea-draft-guidance-on-esd-for-uk-higher-education-open-until-3-january-2014-2/

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/

HEFCE consultation on Sustainable Development Framework until 7 February 2014 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/hefce-consultation-on-sustainable-development-framework-until-7-february-2014/

House of Commons launch: UK’s Rio+20 Manifesto to strengthen education’s role in sustainable development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/house-of-commons-launch-uks-rio20-manifesto-to-strengthen-educations-role-in-sustainable-development/

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/

 

The suite of Sustainable University websites: Sustainable University One-stop Shop | News and Information | Research | Good Practice | Quotes | Blog | Diary | Micro-blog (@sustainableuni1 on Twitter)

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HEFCE consultation on Sustainable Development Framework until 7 February 2014

SML-HEFCE-consul-cover-logoThe consultation on a sustainable development framework for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will remain open until noon on 7 February 2014. As part of this process, two events will be held in Leeds and London in January 2014.

 

WEBCAST | HEFCE Sustainable Development Framework Consultation | London event | 30 January 2014, 10.30am–3.15pm | Registration form http://view6.workcast.net/register?pak=5206429876747473

 

HEFCE and sustainable development in higher education

‘Sustainable development is central to HEFCE’s work with the higher education sector,’ says Steve Egan, Interim Chief Executive of HEFCE, ‘Students are eager for universities to maintain their high level of commitment to sustainable development, and we are looking carefully at what more we can do to enrich and support the sector’s work.’

Having set out a vision of how higher education could contribute to sustainable development in 2005, HEFCE has promoted and supported English universities’ work on sustainable development in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Provision of funding for universities’ projects, most recently through the Revolving Green Fund and the Students’ Green Fund
  • Development of a carbon reduction target and strategy for the sector in 2010
  • Supporting the development and dissemination of good practice

 

Consultation on HEFCE’s sustainable development framework

Now, HEFCE is reviewing how it supports English higher education’s contribution to sustainable development and is consulting on a framework for its future work.

Through this consultation, the body proposes a new vision of how English higher education could contribute to sustainable development, with an emphasis on the sector’s leadership role in society.

The consultation document sets out some of the ways the sector can contribute to sustainable development and proposes an overall framework for how HEFCE will support sustainable development in the sector. It encompasses HEFCE’s earlier policy statements on sustainable development and carbon reduction, and will influence its future funding.

This consultation seeks comments from everyone in higher education, including students, academic staff and senior leaders.

The key documents of this consultation are:

  • The consultation document: Sustainable development in higher education: Consultation on a framework for HEFCE (November 2013 | ref: 2013/31)
  • Two main supporting documents: Sustainable development in higher education: 2008 update to strategic statement and action plan (HEFCE 2009/03) | Carbon reduction target and strategy for higher education in England (HEFCE 2010/01)

The consultation document is structured as follows:

General principles:

  • Why sustainable development is important: the national and international context
  • The important role of universities and colleges of higher education
  • How HEFCE intends to support the sector

Specific themes: Supporting students | Education for sustainability | Research | A modern sustainable economy | Business operations | Information and analysis | HEFCE operations

HEFCE refers to the actions and vision articulated in this consultation as a framework in order to embark on a coherent longer-term engagement.

Please email comments and feedback to sustainabledevelopment@hefce.ac.uk by noon on Friday 7 February 2014.

 

Two consultation events in January 2014

Two consultation events will also be held on 9 January in Leeds and 30 January 2014 in London. They aim to celebrate progress and achievements in higher education, to provide a discussion forum for future actions and to facilitate networking on sustainable development.

At the Leeds event, to be held at The Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ, the speakers will include Professor Dame Julia King (Vice-Chancellor Aston University, Committee on Climate Change) and Professor David Hogg (Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds).

Among the speakers at the London event (Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SN) will be Nigel Carrington (Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London) and David Pencheon (National Health Service).

Steve Egan, HEFCE’s Interim chief executive, and Dom Anderson (Vice-President Society and Citizenship, National Union of Students) will be speaking at both events.

Image from HEFCE website

 

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Enquiries on the consultation: Andrew Smith, a.smith@hefce.ac.uk, 0117 931 7001

Enquiries on the consultation events: Elizabeth Shah, e.shah@hefce.ac.uk, 0117 931 7391

HEFCE news post on the consultation http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/newsarchive/2013/news83727.html

HEFCE Sustainable Development Framework http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/lgm/sd/framework/

Sustainable development in higher education: Consultation on a framework for HEFCE (consultation document and response form available for downloading from this page) http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2013/201331/

Events on the HEFCE Sustainable development framework consultation http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/events/2013/events83604.html

Free registration for the events https://www.hefce.ac.uk/booking/event/susdev2014/

LinkedIn Group: HEFCE’s Sustainable Development Framework consultation: Have your say http://www.linkedin.com/groups/HEFCE-s-Sustainable-Development-Framework-7425360?home=&gid=7425360&trk=anet_ug_hm

Twitter @HEFCE #SDframework

Sustainable development page on HEFCE website http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/lgm/sd/

Sustainable development strategy http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/lgm/sd/sdstrategy/

Revolving Green Fund http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/lgm/sd/rgf/

Carbon reduction target and strategy for higher education in England http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2010/201001/

Links to sustainable development organisation and resources http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/lgm/susdevresources/strategy/

Students’ Green Fund website of NUS (National Union of Students) UK http://www.studentsgreenfund.org.uk/

UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit http://www.unep.org/Training/docs/Greening_University_Toolkit.pdf

 

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

Online consultation on QAA/HEA draft guidance on ESD for UK higher education open until 3 January 2014 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/online-consultation-on-qaahea-draft-guidance-on-esd-for-uk-higher-education-open-until-3-january-2014-2/

COPERNICUS conf: Leadership in a Changing World: Higher education, sustainability and the new Global Action Programme on ESD https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/copernicus-conf-leadership-in-a-changing-world-higher-education-sustainability-and-the-new-global-action-programme-on-esd/

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/

House of Commons launch: UK’s Rio+20 Manifesto to strengthen education’s role in sustainable development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/house-of-commons-launch-uks-rio20-manifesto-to-strengthen-educations-role-in-sustainable-development/

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/

Times Higher Education Awards 2013: Greenwich wins Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/times-higher-education-awards-2013-greenwich-wins-outstanding-contribution-to-sustainable-development/

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/

Green Gown Awards 2013 – Winners and Highly Commended https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/green-gown-awards-2013-winners-and-highly-commended-2/

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

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/

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

NUS announces 25 Students’ Green Fund projects in England https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/nus-announces-25-students-green-fund-projects-in-england/

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/

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/

 

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

 

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/

 

The suite of Sustainable University websites: Sustainable University One-stop Shop | News and Information | Research | Good Practice | Quotes | Blog | Diary | Micro-blog (@sustainableuni1 on Twitter)

‘Sharing for a Sustainable World’ #SSW on http://twitter.com/sustainableuni1 & http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj/

London South Bank University (LSBU) in Africa: Education for Sustainability (EfS) Residential 2013

SML-Uganda 2013 039The Education for Sustainability (EfS) Masters programme at London South Bank University (LSBU) held its African residential programme 2013 in Kampala, Uganda in October 2013.

Fifteen African scholars, the recipients of UK Commonwealth Scholarship awards funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), took part in this programme. Following an extremely competitive awards scheme that attracted over 250 applicants, these 15 scholars were selected for their academic ability and for their leadership abilities in relation to their potential development impact in their countries.

Although these participants came from a wide range of work contexts, including education ministries, NGO development programmes, The British Council, HIV and AIDS training, wildlife conservation,  environmental journalism, emergency programmes for refugees and university teaching, they all shared a commitment to promoting sustainability for people and the planet. Because this is a distance learning programme, they are able to apply their learning to their work context to achieve an immediate impact.

As always is the case, the intercultural elements of the residential gave the scholars an opportunity (often for the very first time) to meet colleagues from different African countries and exchange ideas and learn about their different cultures and traditions. This year, for the first time, a few self paying UK based students joined the group and found it inspiring to be part of such an active international learning community for EfS. This exposure benefitted the EfS academic team too.

The EfS MSc programme offers post-graduate qualifications from Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to Masters level. Launch in 1994 in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Oxfam and the European Union (EU), this programme was a result of the need identified in the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio for integrating environmental and development agendas for paving the way for a sustainable future.

Designed for anyone with an interest in or a concern for sustainability, this programme draws on the expertise of environmental and development NGOs as well as the academic and educational communities. An overview of the course content is as follows:

  • An Introduction to EfS
  • Values and participation in EfS; from local to global
  • Leadership, learning and climate change: the sustainability revolution
  • Theory and perspectives on environment and development
  • Science and culture in EfS
  • Researching EfS
  • Dissertation (MSc only)

Its modules are designed to be applicable to any type of educational or country context and make use of case studies and readings from a range of global regions.

Photograph from London South Bank University

 

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Original news post by Professor Ros Wade on the London RCE News website (the source of this write up) http://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/london-africa-link-through-lsbu-masters-students-on-the-msc-education-for-sustainability-efs/

Course page on LSBU website: Education for Sustainability MSc http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/education-sustainability-msc

 

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

House of Commons launch: UK’s Rio+20 Manifesto to strengthen education’s role in sustainable development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/house-of-commons-launch-uks-rio20-manifesto-to-strengthen-educations-role-in-sustainable-development/

Online consultation on QAA/HEA draft guidance on ESD for UK higher education open until 3 January 2014 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/online-consultation-on-qaahea-draft-guidance-on-esd-for-uk-higher-education-open-until-3-january-2014-2/

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/

COPERNICUS conf: Leadership in a Changing World: Higher education, sustainability and the new Global Action Programme on ESD https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/copernicus-conf-leadership-in-a-changing-world-higher-education-sustainability-and-the-new-global-action-programme-on-esd/

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/

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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UK academics’ sustainable development book launched at the UNEP

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Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development: Learning Journeys in Conservation, a new book by two UK academics Professor Daniella Tilbury and Dr John Blewitt, was formally launched at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Headquarters in Nairobi Kenya on 27 November 2013. Professor Tilbury attended the event.

The launch, chaired by Mahesh Pradhan (Director of UNEP’s Global Universities Partnerships for Sustainability and Head of UNEP’s Environmental Education and Training Unit), was opened by Dr Elizabeth Mrema (Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP).

The formal yet colourful occasion with traditional African celebrations, attended by 200 people, received valuable endorsements from UN officials, including Prof Kazuhiko Takemoto (Director of ESD, Institute of Advanced Studies, United Nations University, Tokyo).

The book examines how resilience may be created within our world’s web of ecological, socio-economic and cultural systems. Documenting emerging trends and future pathways for the conservation and sustainable development movement post Rio+20, it arrives at diverse but connected conclusions and questions related to the resilience of people and planet. Moreover, reflections about education and its contribution to sustainable development underpin most of its chapters.

Dr Blewitt is Co-Director of MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Aston University, and a member of the IUCN Commission on Communication and Education. Professor Tilbury is Director of sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire, Chair of the UNESCO Monitoring and Evaluation Group for the DESD (Decade of Education for Sustainable Development) and President of COPERNICUS Alliance of Universities.

Photograph from the University of Gloucestershire

More….

News post on the University of Gloucestershire website http://recruitment.glos.ac.uk/latestnews/Pages/UniversityProfessorLaunchesNewBookattheUnitedNations.aspx

Book on the Routledge website http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415524896/

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

News

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/

Tyndall Climate Change Conference: Radical Emission Reduction https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/tyndall-climate-change-conference-radical-emission-reduction/

COPERNICUS conf: Leadership in a Changing World: Higher education, sustainability and the new Global Action Programme on ESD

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/copernicus-conf-leadership-in-a-changing-world-higher-education-sustainability-and-the-new-global-action-programme-on-esd/

UCL symposium focuses on Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/ucl-symposium-focuses-on-sustainable-resources-for-sustainable-cities/

Climate change adaptation is an investment for the future, says Lord Krebs https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/climate-change-adaptation-is-an-investment-for-the-future-says-lord-krebs/

‘Climate Change: what sorts of knowledge for what sort of politics?’ https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/climate-change-what-sorts-of-knowledge-for-what-sort-of-politics/

Blog/ reflective diary

Higher Education’s role in building a sustainable world http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013_05_01_archive.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/

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House of Commons launch: UK’s Rio+20 Manifesto to strengthen education’s role in sustainable development

SML-Rio+20-manifestoA Manifesto for Dialogue, Collaboration and Action post Rio+20, UK’s Rio+20 Manifesto to strengthen education’s role in sustainable development, will be launched at the House of Commons London on 17 December 2013 (11:00-13:00). This manifesto is facilitated by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC).

This is a free event; however, prior registration is required (For registration, the link to the relevant EAUC webpage could be found below this news post).

Hosted by Joan Walley MP (Chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee), this event will include an introduction to the Manifesto by Harriet Sjerps-Jones (EAUC and University of Exeter); a Roundtable Session led by Ann Finlayson (Chief Executive, Sustainability and Environmental Education SEEd and former Commissioner, Sustainable Development Commission) and Iain Patton (Chief Executive, EAUC); and Witness Accounts – among the confirmed witnesses are Caroline Lucas MP, Steve Egan (Higher Education Funding Council for England HEFCE), Dom Anderson (National Union of Students NUS), university students, youth representatives and school children.

The intergovernmental agreements that came out of Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) (The Future We Want) included commitments to quality education, to improve quality of life, to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and to embark on a process towards Sustainable Development Goals. The Conference also emphasised ESD’s key role in achieving a sustainable future.

UK’s Rio+20 Manifesto, the result of a UK-wide consultation from November 2012 to May 2013 in response to The Future We Want, calls on Governments (UK government and the devolved governments of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), education providers, NGOs and civil society in the UK to work more closely together to strengthen the role of education as an enabler of sustainable development.

The manifesto also calls for supporting mechanisms that governments and civil society should put in place to enable and strengthen UK delivery of the educational commitments agreed in The Future We Want:

Government

  • Better coordination of efforts and collaboration between governments and across government departments on formal and informal learning for sustainable development
  • Improvement of dialogue between the education sector, civil society and government departments
  • Enabling education sectors to develop an appropriate curriculum to meet current and future sustainability challenges through a realignment of funding with The Future We Want in mind

Formal learning

  • Curriculum change (e.g. sustainability in curricula, interdisciplinary learning opportunities)
  • Institutional change (e.g. education institutions providing leadership in sustainable development and working closely with local communities)

Informal learning

  • Improved collaboration between NGOs and formal education institutions

Economy-ESD connection

  • Improved collaboration among state, charity, business and education sectors to ensure that the young are better prepared for the opportunities and challenges of a green and fair economy

Image from the cover of the Manifesto available from the EAUC website

More…

News post on the EAUC website (Manifesto, invitation and registration are available here)

http://www.eauc.org.uk/shop/mms_single_event.php?event_id=3517

Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) http://www.uncsd2012.org/

The Future We Want – Resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 27 July 2012 (PDF) http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N11/476/10/PDF/N1147610.pdf?OpenElement

The Future We Want http://www.un.org/en/sustainablefuture/index.shtml

The Future We Want http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/futurewewant.html

The Future We Want – brochure (PDF) http://www.un.org/en/sustainablefuture/pdf/conf_brochure.pdf

The Future We Want – YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvosscrwZSg

The Future We Want – a project http://futurewewant.org/

The Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) – Environment for The Future We Want – a report published by the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP in 2012

http://www.unep.org/geo/geo5.asp (Full report PDF http://www.unep.org/geo/pdfs/geo5/GEO5_report_full_en.pdf)

Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) http://www.eauc.org.uk/

Joan Walley MP (Chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee) http://www.joanwalleymp.org.uk/

Sustainability and Environmental Education SEEd http://se-ed.co.uk/edu/

National Union of Students (NUS) – Greener http://www.nus.org.uk/greener

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

Blog/ reflective diary

Education’s role in addressing sustainability and ESD

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/educations-role-in-addressing.html

Higher Education’s role in building a sustainable world http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013_05_01_archive.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

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

Online consultation on QAA/HEA draft guidance on ESD for UK higher education open until 3 January 2014 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/online-consultation-on-qaahea-draft-guidance-on-esd-for-uk-higher-education-open-until-3-january-2014-2/

Tyndall Climate Change Conference: Radical Emission Reduction https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/tyndall-climate-change-conference-radical-emission-reduction/

Times Higher Education Awards 2013: Greenwich wins Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/times-higher-education-awards-2013-greenwich-wins-outstanding-contribution-to-sustainable-development/

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/

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

UCL symposium focuses on Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/ucl-symposium-focuses-on-sustainable-resources-for-sustainable-cities/

Green Gown Awards 2013 – Winners and Highly Commended https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/green-gown-awards-2013-winners-and-highly-commended-2/

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 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/

Keele Conference on Student Action for Sustainability https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/keele-conference-on-student-action-for-sustainability/

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/

NUS announces 25 Students’ Green Fund projects in England https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/nus-announces-25-students-green-fund-projects-in-england/

UK workshop on Turnaround Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/uk-workshop-on-turnaround-leadership-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

Severn RCE workshop on Sustainability Leadership in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/severn-rce-workshop-on-sustainability-leadership-in-higher-education/

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NEW BOOK: Imagining the Future City: London 2062

SML-London2062-bookcoverA new book, Imagining the Future City: London 2062, was launched at University College London (UCL) in November 2013. 

The book, edited by Dr Sarah Bell (Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering UCL) and Dr James Paskins (Co-ordinator for the Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities and the London Agenda at UCL), aims to open discussion about the future of London.

This publication features new work that addresses the city’s future, including academic writing, opinion pieces and illustrations and also winning entries from the London 2062 competition for UCL students. The book comprises four sections:

  • Connections
  • Things
  • Power
  • Dreams

The introduction from Dr Sarah Bell, Dr James Paskins, Joanna Wilson and Jennifer Johnson (Future of London) sums up what the book is, as follows: ‘Imagining the Future City is not a blueprint, nor is it a prophecy. It is a provocation to continuing dialogue and a prompt for Londoners to consider what is at stake. London’s future cannot be predicted, foretold or decided in a book, however expert its authors. This book presents the visions and analysis of authors from a range of academic and professional disciplines, with the aim of opening up deliberation and debate about what London might be like in fifty years, and what that might mean for the choices we make now.’

This collaborative effort of forty contributors is based on UCL’s London 2062 project (2010-2012), which Professor David Price (Vice-Provost for Research at UCL) instigated as part of the Research Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities, driven by his vision of bringing the breadth of institution’s urban research to bear on the future of London.

Image is from the UCL website

 

More….

News post on the book launch on UCL website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/london-2062/book

Download free copy of the book http://www.ubiquitypress.com/files/006-london2062.pdf

The London 2062 student competition http://www.ucl.ac.uk/london-2062/competition/index

The London 2062 project http://www.ucl.ac.uk/london-2062

Dr Sarah Bell (profile) http://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=SJBEL56

Dr James Paskins (profile) https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=JOPAS99

UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable-cities/

UCL Grand Challenges http://www.ucl.ac.uk/grand-challenges/

London RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise) on Education for Sustainable Development (part of the global RCE network of the UN University http://www.londonrce.kk5.org | London RCE news website http://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/ | London RCE twitter http://twitter.com/rcelondon

 

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

News

UCL symposium focuses on Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/ucl-symposium-focuses-on-sustainable-resources-for-sustainable-cities/

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/

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/

Inaugural AGM of London RCE on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/inaugural-agm-of-london-rce-on-education-for-sustainable-development-esd/

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/

Mayor announces Low Carbon Prize winners https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/mayor-announces-low-carbon-prize-winners/

Reflective diary

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/

 

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