A report that spans 53 institutions in 33 European countries | ESD professional development in higher education

SML-UE4SD-Report-FULL

A recently published report, titled ‘State of the Art Report: Mapping opportunities for developing Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) competences in the UE4SD partner countries’, shows that ESD has earned recognition in higher education across Europe and a growing number of universities have formal commitments to ESD as part of corporate sustainability activities. Reflecting on the status of ESD professional development in higher education, the report also notes the variety of approaches in use, examples of innovative practice, and the need for clearer focus on professional competences in ESD.

This report, published in November 2014, is part of a three-year project entitled University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD), funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme – Erasmus Academic Networks and led by the University of Gloucestershire.

UE4SD, the project

UE4SD is a partnership of higher education institutions (HEI), organisations, agencies and associations across Europe and beyond. This project’s 54 partners across 33 countries in Europe come from four regional hubs: The North region (coordinated by the University of Gloucestershire, UK), the West region (Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany), the South region (the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain), and the East region (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic). Among the partners of this project are two UK universities – University of Gloucestershire and London South Bank University (LSBU). Moreover, activities of this project are closely associated with COPERNICUS Alliance – the European Network of Higher Education for Sustainable Development.

Exploring pathways for progressing sustainability innovation in higher education, UE4SD seeks to improve professional development opportunities for university educators in ESD. It strives to develop professional competences and academic leadership capabilities in ESD and to enable teaching staff to reorient curricula and prepare students for understanding and applying their professional and global responsibilities in sustainable development. UE4SD aims to establish a leading expert group in ESD competences in higher education in Europe and a platform for sharing the expertise of network partners with the aim of informing policy and practice.

The report

This 54-page report – authored by Marlene Mader, Gerd Michelsen, Clemens Mader and Simon Burandt (Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany); Daniella Tilbury and Alex Ryan (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Jana Dlouhá, Andrew Barton and Jiří Dlouhý (Charles Universty Prague, Czech Republic), and David Alba and Javier Benayas (Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain) – analyses the findings of four regional reports, which summarized the national mapping exercises conducted by 53 UE4SD partner institutions in 33 European countries.

This study identified existing policy developments and strategic commitments for ESD in higher education across the different countries, and collected the examples of best practice in supporting professional development in this area.

This report will inform the second and third phases of the project, which seek to develop a leading practice publication on professional development in ESD for university educators and an online platform of resources. These outputs will in turn support the establishment of an Academy for ESD in Higher Education.

Graphic created using images from UE4SD website

 

MORE…

 

Download report (PDF) http://www.ue4sd.eu/images/RegionalMapping/UE4SD_State-of-the-art-report.pdf

Press release on the report http://www.ue4sd.eu/outcomes/press-releases-2/89-press-release-esd-professional-development-of-university-educators

Referencing the report: UE4SD (2014) Mapping opportunities for professional development of university educators in Education for Sustainable Development: A state of the art report across 33 UE4SD partner countries. Authors: Mader, M., Tilbury, D., Dlouhá, J., Benayas, J., Michelsen, G., Mader, C., Burandt, S., Ryan, A., Barton, A., Dlouhý, J., and Alba, D., University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, 53 pp.

University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) http://www.ue4sd.eu/

COPERNICUS Alliance http://www.copernicus-alliance.org/

 

More from The Sustainable University News website (this website)

Five questions and 100 delegates from 15 countries: COPERNICUS conference on higher education, sustainability and ESD https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/five-questions-and-100-delegates-from-15-countries-copernicus-conference-on-higher-education-sustainability-and-esd/

HEFCE wants Sustainable Development (SD) to be central to HE, says new SD framework will influence future funding https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/hefce-wants-sustainable-development-sd-to-be-central-to-he-says-new-sd-framework-will-influence-future-funding/

Plymouth tops People & Planet University League 2015 | Worcester and Manchester Met, second and third https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/plymouth-tops-people-planet-university-league-2015-worcester-and-manchester-met-second-and-third/

Nottingham tops UI GreenMetric World Universities Ranking 2014 | Nottingham Trent, Oxford, Bradford, Plymouth & Bath in Top 20 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/nottingham-tops-ui-greenmetric-world-universities-ranking-2014-nottingham-trent-oxford-bradford-plymouth-bath-in-top-20/

Green Gown Awards 2014 | Leadership award to Professor Bailey; three awards to Plymouth https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/green-gown-awards-2014-leadership-award-to-professor-bailey-three-awards-to-plymouth/

Four years of innovation in Sustainability in Higher Education and ESD | The Sustainable University One-stop Shop https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/four-years-of-innovation-in-sustainability-in-higher-education-and-esd-the-sustainable-university-one-stop-shop/

Formally launched! QAA-HEA ESD Guidance for UK higher education providers https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/formally-launched-qaa-hea-esd-guidance-for-uk-higher-education-providers/

ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/

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/

Education for Sustainability (EfS) is enriching curriculum and student experience at Gloucestershire, says Professor Tilbury https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/education-for-sustainability-efs-is-enriching-curriculum-and-student-experience-at-gloucestershire-says-professor-tilbury/

Informal communication has a key role in sustainability-oriented institutional change, says Green Academy Lead at Worcester https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/informal-communication-has-a-key-role-in-sustainability-oriented-institutional-change-says-green-academy-lead-at-worcester/

Sustainability leadership is all around us, says Director SD at Canterbury Christ Church University https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/sustainability-leadership-is-all-around-us-says-director-sd-at-canterbury-christ-church-university/

Disciplines speak ‘Sustainability’ in different languages, says ESD academic lead at Bristol https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/disciplines-speak-sustainability-in-different-languages-says-esd-academic-lead-at-bristol/

Online learning is a driver for sustainability, says Dr Speight at HEA-Nottingham seminar https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/online-learning-is-a-driver-for-sustainability-says-dr-speight-at-hea-nottingham-seminar/

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

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/

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/

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/

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/

 

More from Asitha’s LinkedIn posts on ESD and Sustainability in HE | #asiLI on Twitter

Sustainability in UK higher education | Ten great moments in 2014 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-uk-higher-education-ten-great-moments-2014-asitha

My Top Ten posts in 2014.. on Sustainability in Higher Education & ESD https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-top-ten-posts-2014-sustainability-higher-education-jayawardena

Ten ways to supplement QAA-HEA Guidance on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)? Some food for thought http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141015094227-101066234-ten-ways-to-supplement-qaa-hea-guidance-on-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-some-food-for-thought

As UN Decade of ESD ends, Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD begins… http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141010093657-101066234-as-un-decade-of-esd-ends-global-action-programme-gap-on-esd-begins

The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects | Handbook to ‘the University of the Future’ http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141002095117-101066234-the-sustainable-university-progress-and-prospects-handbook-to-the-university-of-the-future

Why universities should lead their wider communities’ sustainability endeavours | Three reasons https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140606053309-101066234-why-universities-should-lead-their-wider-communities-sustainability-endeavours-three-reasons

Green Gown Awards | An international celebration of sustainability in tertiary education https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/green-gown-awards-international-asitha

Is UK Higher Education taking a GREEN turn? Sector bodies, student community, award schemes and universities – a look at their recent activity http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140812094439-101066234-is-uk-higher-education-taking-a-green-turn-sector-bodies-student-community-award-schemes-and-universities-a-look-at-their-recent-activity

Positioning itself at the pinnacle of global higher education | Can UK higher education use sustainability as a vehicle? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140817165316-101066234-positioning-itself-at-the-pinnacle-of-global-higher-education-can-uk-higher-education-use-sustainability-as-a-vehicle

A green tale of four UK universities | HEA Green Academy workshops – Worcester, Canterbury Christ Church, Bristol and Nottingham https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140718111751-101066234-a-green-tale-of-four-uk-universities-hea-green-academy-workshops-worcester-canterbury-christ-church-bristol-and-nottingham

UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit | A global resource for advancing green and sustainable campuses http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140831181150-101066234-unep-greening-universities-toolkit-a-global-resource-for-advancing-green-and-sustainable-campuses

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

Embedding sustainability in the curriculum – Gloucestershire style | Nine projects, from Fashion through Sports to Religion http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140901134854-101066234-embedding-sustainability-in-the-curriculum-gloucestershire-style-nine-projects-from-fashion-through-sports-to-religion

A PBL toolkit for Sustainability Education | A Keele-Manchester-Staffordshire collaboration http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140904124448-101066234-a-pbl-toolkit-for-sustainability-education-a-keele-manchester-staffordshire-collaboration

Embedding sustainability in Civil Engineering curriculum | Some bricks for thought http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140819151549-101066234-embedding-sustainability-in-civil-engineering-curriculum-some-bricks-for-thought

A visual celebration of good practice in sustainability | 40 photos from 18 UK universities http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140709082957-101066234-a-visual-celebration-of-good-practice-in-sustainability-40-photos-from-18-uk-universities

Sustainability | A balancing act? Four of them? https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140409090334-101066234-sustainability-a-balancing-act-four-of-them

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140414095133-101066234-making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140421183727-101066234-sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson

Sustainability-oriented quotes and sayings | Twenty gems from Native Americans to Einstein http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140524074906-101066234-sustainability-oriented-quotes-and-sayings-twenty-gems-from-native-americans-to-einstein
——————————————————————————————————————

The Sustainable University One-stop Shop | http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org

Its satellite websites: News & Info http://www.sunewsinfo.wordpress.com | Research http://www.suresearch1.wordpress.com | Good Practice http://www.sugoodpractice.wordpress.com | Quotes http://www.suquotesfacts.wordpress.com | Blog http://www.su-notes.blogspot.co.uk | Reflective Diary http://www.esddiary.wordpress.com | Twitter http://www.twitter.com/sustainableuni1

2015 | Year of the Sustainable University (SU2015) | http://su2015hub.wordpress.com/

Project PROPOSAL for universities | The Planetshire University model (v3) | Sustainability in the curriculum as an enhancer of Engagement, Quality and Reputation https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/proposal/

LinkedIn PROFILE | http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj/
LinkedIn POSTS | Sustainability in Higher Education & ESD https://www.linkedin.com/today/posts/asithaj
LinkedIn GROUP | Sustainability, Education and Engagement | ESD at Planetshire University http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Sustainability-Education-Engagement-ESD-Planetshire-8102240

Profile & Portfolio | Asitha Jayawardena | Strengths, Accomplishments & Recognition http://issuu.com/aij3/docs/profile-asitha
Online Shelf | Examples of past work (PDFs, booklets, press articles, logos, etc) http://issuu.com/aij3

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s