Gloucestershire holds event on Student Experience with EfS – with Plymouth, UEA & Wales TSD as guests

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The University of Gloucestershire (UoG) held its annual Education for Sustainability (EfS) event on 10 June 2015. Titled ‘Raising the Stakes in the Student Experience with EfS’, the event took place as part of the university’s Festivals Fortnight.

This annual event series is the flagship of the university’s Learning for Sustainable Futures Scheme (LSFS). Launched in 2012 as part of the university’s approach to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching across all subject areas, the LSFS is a collaborative initiative between the university’s Sustainability Team and the Academic Development Unit. Through an annual call for project proposals, this scheme provides staff with grants to lead and develop new projects to embed EfS approaches into the curriculum and student learning experiences.

The day started with a welcome by Maureen McLaughlin (Dean of Quality and Standards, UoG).

In her address, titled ‘Promising Futures: 7 Years of Innovation and Change at UoG’, Professor Daniella Tilbury (Dean of Sustainability, UoG) noted that the EfS agenda is moving in the right direction, slowly but steadily and there are many opportunities for EfS action than ever before. She said that the culture of EfS has been embedded in different part of the university in different ways and a learning process is taking place. Although there is much to celebrate, there remains a lot more to be done, she noted.

Speaking on ‘Sustainability and the Student Experience’, Jamie Agombar (Head of Sustainability, National Union of Students NUS) revealed that the fifth HEA-NUS survey on students’ attitude towards sustainable development (which is yet to be published) is indicative of the same positive trend of students preferring sustainability to be embedded in their courses. He also outlined the work of Students Green Fund and Responsible Futures.

The session on welcome and introductions ended with outlining of the event themes by Dr Alex Ryan (Associate Director of Sustainability, UoG) and Professor Sharon Turnbull (Leadership Trust), master of the ceremony.

The programme comprised three main sessions. In two of them, the leaders of the LSFS projects shared their work in areas such as Accountancy, Fine Art, Business, Fashion, Product Design, Sports Placements, Tourism and Libraries.

Session: New EfS pathways for student learning:
• Future Professionals and EfS: Nurturing Responsible Accountants (Michelle Cook, Business School)
• Supporting Sustainability Literacy and Learning through Library Services (Allison Davis, LIS)
• The 2020 Curriculum: Reframing Business Learning Priorities (Colin Simpson, Business School)
• Powerful Placements for Sustainability Skills (Phil Shirfield, School of Sport and Exercise)

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Session: Reshaping the curriculum with EfS:
• Fashion Futures: Designing new Curricula with EfS (Margaret McDonough, School of Art and Design)
• Engaged Citizens: Creating the Future through Fine Art (Katie Pratt, School of Art and Design)
• Designing Sustainable Futures (Michelle Williams, School of Computing and Technology)
• Curriculum for Responsible Tourism Professionals (Angela Kalisch & Richard Harper, School of Leisure)

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In the third main session, a panel comprising guests from three other universities and UoG Student Union’s Greener Gloucestershire team (see main photograph) shared new ideas and initiatives on engaging students in sustainability. At its end, Professor Stephen Marston (Vice-Chancellor UoG) remarked on student sustainability journeys at UoG.

Session: Changing the game for students – institutional innovations
• Students Workbook at UEA (Professor Tim O’Riordan, University of East Anglia)
• Student Experience at TSD (Dr Carolyn Hayles, University of Wales Trinity St David)
• Student Initiatives at Plymouth (Professor Stephen Sterling, Plymouth University)
• Greener Gloucestershire & EfS (Rachel Purdon, Jenny Barnes & Meg Baker, UoG)

The day’s programme came to an end with a discussion group session on Graduates’ Future Horizons.

The workshop was Professor Tilbury’s last EfS event at UoG before leaving the university at the end of June, to take up the post of vice chancellor at the newly established University of Gibraltar in September 2015.

For overviews on the LSFS events of the last two years, please visit:

2014 | 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/

2013 | 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/

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena. Logo is from the University of Gloucestershire website.

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University of Gloucestershire (UoG):
• Sustainability http://insight.glos.ac.uk/sustainability/Pages/default.aspx
• Learning for Sustainable Futures Awards http://insight.glos.ac.uk/sustainability/Education/learningforsustainablefutures/Pages/default.aspx
• Education for Sustainability http://insight.glos.ac.uk/sustainability/Education
• Academic Development Unit http://insight.glos.ac.uk/departments/adu/Pages/default.aspx
• Greener Gloucestershire http://www.greenergloucestershire.co.uk/

Plymouth University:
• Sustainability https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/sustainability
• Centre for Sustainable Futures https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/sustainability/sustainability-education
• Institute for Sustainability Solutions Research ISSR http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/research/issr/Pages/default.aspx @ISSRPlymUni
• Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory PedRIO http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/research/pedrio/Pages/default.aspx

University of East Anglia (UEA):
• Sustainability https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/corporate-social-responsibility/sustainability
• 3S Research Group | Science, Society and Sustainability http://3sresearch.org/ @3SResearchGroup

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (TSD)
• Sustainability http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/sa1/sustainability/
• Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/inspire/ @InspireTSD

National Union of Students (NUS):
• Students’ Green Fund http://www.studentsgreenfund.org.uk/
• Greener Curriculum http://www.nus.org.uk/en/greener-projects/greener-curriculum/greener-curriculum/
• Sustainability http://beta.nusconnect.org.uk/strong-students-unions/sustainability

Posts on The Sustainable University Library, tagged:
• UoG https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/gloucestershire/
• ESD https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/esd-education-for-sd/
• Sustainable University https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/sustainable-university/

QAA/HEA ESD Guidance document (PDF) http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Documents/Education-sustainable-development-Guidance-June-14.pdf

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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/

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/

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/

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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 Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price

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How does Civilisation get to the 22nd century without collapse or catastrophic discontinuity? asked Professor David Price in his welcome address at the fifth anniversary celebration of UCL Grand Challenges (UCL GC) programme held on 13 October 2014.

 

UCL Grand Challenges is the mechanism that brings together the university’s researchers from different disciplines in order to address questions of global significance. For an overview, please visit:

 

UCL Grand Challenges | Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140911112647-101066234-ucl-grand-challenges-global-health-sustainable-cities-intercultural-interaction-and-human-wellbeing

 

Reflecting and building upon the personal and institutional experiences gained over the last five years, this celebratory evening defined the actions needed to strengthen, enhance and enable further cross-disciplinary engagement within and beyond the university, for the benefit of the wider society.

 

In his welcome Professor David Price (UCL Vice-Provost, Research), who leads the UCL GC programme, emphasised that a cross disciplinary approach is necessary to find solutions to the world’s complex problems because no single discipline is capable of solving these on their own.

 

After a short film on the GC programme, Dr Ian Scott (Principal Facilitator UCL GC) presented how the programme was developed to what it is today, and Professor Yvonne Rydin (Chair of Planning, Environment and Public Policy, UCL Bartlett School of Planning) and Professor Nick Tyler (Chadwick Chair of Civil Engineering, UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering) presented reflections on the programme. They all elaborated how the GC programme advances cross–disciplinary research across the institution.

 

Professor Michael Arthur (UCL President and Provost) chaired UCL Grand Challenges 2034, a discussion by a panel comprising:

  • Dr Tim Beasley-Murray (Director of UCL Global Citizenship Programme)
  • Dr Sarah Bell (UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering)
  • Professor Anthony Costello (Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health)
  • Professor Alan Penn (Dean of the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment)
  • Professor Maria Wyke (UCL Greek and Latin)

 

Among other things, the panellists were asked to present their ‘manifesto’ for the future of Grand Challenges and this resulted in a variety of responses, including co-existence; cultural identity and conflict; women’s rights; development and voice; meeting basic needs; and disease and antibiotic resistance.

 

The evening came to a close with a drinks reception.

 

For an overview on the evening, please visit UCL Grand Challenges storification https://storify.com/UCL_GCSC/grand-challenges-celebration#publicize

 

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

 

 

See also…

 

UCL Grand Challenges | 5-year celebratory event on 13 October (pre-event news post) https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/ucl-grand-challenges-5-year-celebratory-event-on-13-october/

 

UCL Grand Challenges | Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140911112647-101066234-ucl-grand-challenges-global-health-sustainable-cities-intercultural-interaction-and-human-wellbeing

 

UCL Grand Challenges http://www.ucl.ac.uk/research/grand-challenges | Global Health http://www.ucl.ac.uk/global-health | Sustainable Cities http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable-cities | Intercultural Interaction http://www.ucl.ac.uk/intercultural-interaction | Human Wellbeing http://www.ucl.ac.uk/human-wellbeing

 

Green UCL http://www.ucl.ac.uk/greenucl

 

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/

 

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/

 

NEW BOOK: Imagining the Future City: London 2062 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/new-book-imagining-the-future-city-london-2062/

 

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

 

Can’t fit 7 billion into a six-bed (space) hotel? But we live as if we could….! http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140827190849-101066234-can-t-fit-7-billion-into-a-six-bed-space-hotel-but-we-live-as-if-we-could

 

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

 

A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140407045738-101066234-a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-caf%C3%A9-who-depends-on-whom

 

‘A cylinder of oxygen, please!’ | Why we should be worrying about natural resources http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140729065705-101066234–a-cylinder-of-oxygen-please-why-we-should-be-worrying-about-natural-resources

 

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

 

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

 

re:centre at Bradford | RE-thinking business in the emerging era of the Circular Economy http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140829203957-101066234-re-centre-at-bradford-re-thinking-business-in-the-emerging-era-of-the-circular-economy

 

OISD at Oxford Brookes | Building the way for sustainable development http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140903092422-101066234-oisd-at-oxford-brookes-building-the-way-for-sustainable-development

 

Surrey-coordinated SLRG | Nurturing sustainable living through research http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140907210503-101066234-surrey-coordinated-slrg-nurturing-sustainable-living-through-research

 

Newcastle Science Central | University-City Council partnership bringing together science, business and sustainable living http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140909120325-101066234-newcastle-science-central-university-city-council-partnership-bringing-together-science-business-and-sustainable-living

 

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU | A pioneer that brings together environment, development and education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140905133659-101066234-education-for-sustainability-msc-at-lsbu-a-pioneer-that-brings-together-environment-development-and-education

 

UCLan’s CSD | Advancing Sustainable Development through Architecture, Construction and Environment http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140906165944-101066234-uclan-s-csd-advancing-sustainable-development-through-architecture-construction-and-environment

 

UWE’s Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment | Towards a healthy, sustainable and low carbon future http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140912120741-101066234-uwe-s-institute-for-sustainability-health-and-environment-towards-a-healthy-sustainable-and-low-carbon-future

 

Essex Sustainability Institute | A platform for interdisciplinary teaching and research with a sustainability focus http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140919083819-101066234-essex-sustainability-institute-a-platform-for-interdisciplinary-teaching-and-research-with-a-sustainability-focus

 

INSPIRE at Wales TSD | Delivering a Sustainable Wales through higher education – locally to internationally http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140925100523-101066234-inspire-at-wales-tsd-delivering-a-sustainable-wales-through-higher-education-locally-to-internationally

 

 

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