Disciplines speak ‘Sustainability’ in different languages, says ESD academic lead at Bristol

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‘Different disciplines talk about sustainability in different languages,’ said Chris Willmore (Academic Lead, Education for Sustainable Development ESD at Bristol University) at a workshop on ‘Green academies: whole institution approaches to embedding education for sustainable development (ESD) in the curriculum’ held at the university on 12 May 2014.

 

Hosted as part of the Workshop and Seminar Series 2013/2014 of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the workshop mainly focused on whole institutional approaches to ESD in the curriculum, especially on the role of students as agents of change. The Bristol Model of student intern driven curriculum change has been instrumental in the university’s developments, integrating students, academia and estates at the core of ESD.

 

The day began with a welcome from Peter D’Sena, representing the HEA. Highlighting the HEA’s ESD strategic aim, namely, to make a leading contribution to evidence-informed development of ESD policy and practice across the higher education sector, he briefly presented overview of the HEA Green Academy programme, which focuses on institutional change for sustainable development, helping universities to achieve sustainability in the curriculum.

 

The workshop comprised three main sessions:

  • Institutional approaches and disciplinary language
  • To map or not to map?
  • Students as partners and leaders of change

 

Each session included an introduction, leading to small group work, using a sustainability café approach.

 

Speaking on ‘Institutional Approaches and Disciplinary Language’, Chris Willmore revealed that, at her university, most courses already contained sustainability elements although the respective academics did not specifically referred to these as ‘sustainability’. She also emphasised that sustainability should be fun and should not be a guilt trip.

 

Sharing ‘Lessons from ISO14001 Accreditation’, Martin Wiles (Head of Sustainability, Bristol University) stated that ISO looks at processes around ESD, not at ESD itself, and recommended it for advancing ESD in an institution.

 

Aisling Tierney (ESD Coordinator, Bristol University) delivered two presentations. Firstly, on ‘Developing Mappings of Student Experience’ and then on ‘Linking Formal and Informal Approaches’, briefly outlining four key projects, namely Bristol PLuS, Student Hubs, Farmer’s Market and Student’s Union.

 

Several speakers from universities participating in the Green Academy programme contributed to the workshop:

  • Strawberries and cream: nurturing creativity | Dr Peter Rands, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • The role of PhD students in driving institutional ESD and sustainability research | Sophie Bessant, Keele University
  • Stepping stones to creating future learning skills for all students | Professor Tim O’Riordan and Jessica Bricknell, University of East Anglia (UEA)
  • Food for Thought: Nottingham Trent University (NTU) Using Students as co-creators of the curriculum | Dr Petra Molthan-Hill, Kelly Osborne, Kayleigh Smith, Seraphina Brown and Amy Scoins
  • Student Green Ambassadors | Dave Wheatley, Liverpool University

 

Mirroring the Bristol Model’s co-leadership element, the workshop was led by ESD ex-Student Interns Hannah Tweddell (University of Bristol Union) and Aisling Tierney.

 

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

 

 

More…

 

All presentations are available from https://wikis.bris.ac.uk/display/BristolESD/Whole+Institution+ESD+HEA+Event

 

Twitter | #embedESD | @BristolESD

 

Event page http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2014/Seminars/Themes/GEN968_Bristol

 

Event programme http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/seminars/2013-14/Themes2013-2014/GEN968_Bristol/GEN968_Final_programme.pdf

 

Contact email Thematic.Seminar@heacademy.ac.uk

 

The HEA | Green Academy http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/sustainability/ESD_2014/Green_Academy

 

The HEA | ESD http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/education-for-sustainable-development

 

University of Bristol | Sustainability http://www.bristol.ac.uk/environment/

 

University of Bristol | ESD Wiki https://wikis.bris.ac.uk/display/BristolESD/ESD+at+Bristol

 

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University News & Info website (this website)

 

The HEA-Bristol seminar | Green academies: whole institution approaches to embedding ESD in the curriculum https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/the-hea-bristol-seminar-green-academies-whole-institution-approaches-to-embedding-esd-in-the-curriculum/

 

The HEA-Keele workshop | Sustainability culture by a thousand cuts: an integrated whole institution approach to greening your academy https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/the-hea-keele-workshop-sustainability-culture-by-a-thousand-cuts-an-integrated-whole-institution-approach-to-greening-your-academy/

 

 

The HEA-CCCU workshop | Grassroots and green shoots: a green academy inspired ESF initiative https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/the-hea-cccu-workshop-grass-root-and-green-shoots-a-green-academy-inspired-esf-initiative/

 

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The HEA-Nottingham seminar | Online & open: modelling sustainability & ‘greening the academy’ through E-learning https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/the-hea-nottingham-seminar-online-open-modelling-sustainability-greening-the-academy-through-e-learning/

 

The HEA-Southampton University seminar | Educating global citizens: Green Academy, student-staff partnerships & ESD https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/the-hea-southampton-university-seminar-educating-global-citizens-green-academy-student-staff-partnerships-esd/

 

The HEA-Bath Spa seminar | Embedding education for sustainability in a creative and multi-disciplinary context https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/the-hea-bath-spa-seminar-embedding-education-for-sustainability-in-a-creative-and-multi-disciplinary-context/

 

ESD London Conference | Supporting Employability, Society & the Environment: A Curriculum for Sustainability https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/esd-london-conference-supporting-employability-society-the-environment-a-curriculum-for-sustainability/

 

Annual Conference 2014 | The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/annual-conference-2014-the-environmental-association-for-universities-and-colleges-eauc/

 

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University of Bath’s free online course | Make an impact: Sustainability for Professionals https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/university-of-baths-free-online-course-make-an-impact-sustainability-for-professionals/

 

Nottingham’s free online course: Sustainability, Society and You https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/nottinghams-free-online-course-sustainability-society-and-you/

 

HEFCE London event: NHS Sustainable Development jab to higher education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/hefce-london-event-nhs-sustainable-development-jab-to-higher-education/

 

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Related posts on The Sustainable University Notes blog

 

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/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

 

Will it work? – The University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 5 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/will-it-work-university-of-planetshire.html

 

Sustainability as an enhancer of reputation & financial position | The Planetshire University (PU) model (A summary) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/sustainability-as-enhancer-of.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/

 

Sustainability is a balancing act…. http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/sustainability-is-a-balancing-act/

 

 

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