HEFCE wants Sustainable Development (SD) to be central to HE, says new SD framework will influence future funding

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Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published a framework titled ‘Sustainable development in higher education: HEFCE’s role to date and a framework for its future actions’ in December 2014.

In the executive summary (page 2) HEFCE states, ‘we want sustainable development to be central to higher education’ and the SD Framework ‘will influence our future funding.’

The framework is driven by HEFCE’s vision that ‘universities and colleges are widely recognised as leaders in society’s efforts to achieve sustainability – through the understanding, skills and attitudes that students gain and put into practice, through research and knowledge exchange, and through community involvement, as well as through their strategies and operations that bring all these together.’

Aimed at senior management, academic and support staff, and students, this document proposes a framework for HEFCE’s support for the sector. It sets out some of the ways in which higher education contributes to sustainable development and emphasises the sector’s leadership role in society.

This document is arranged in the following sections:

  • Reducing environmental impacts
  • HEFCE’s support of higher education institutions engaging in the ‘green sector’ of the economy
  • HEFCE’S role in engaging students
  • The framework for HEFCE actions, 2015 to 2020

HEFCE has also published an analysis of the responses to the formal consultation, which included two events in Leeds and London.

Bristol 2015 European Green Capital | Funding for two Bristol universities: Publication of this framework coincided with the award of £0.25 million of HEFCE funding to help two Bristol universities, namely UWE (University of the West of England) and Bristol, play a leading role in ‘Bristol 2015’ when the city becomes European Green Capital. In this project with a focus on student participation, the universities and students’ unions are aiming to provide 100,000 hours of student activity involving 3,000 students.

Further enquiries: Please contact Andrew Smith, tel 0117 931 7001, e-mail a.smith@hefce.ac.uk

Graphic developed using cover image of the document from HEFCE website

More…

News release on HEFCE website http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/newsarchive/2014/news99289.html

DOWNLOADS (PDF/MS Word): http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2014/201430/name,99296,en.html

  • Document | Sustainable development in higher education: HEFCE’s role to date and a framework for its future actions
  • Consultation outcomes

HEFCE SD strategy http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/lgm/sd/sdstrategy/

LinkedIn posts on Sustainability in HE and ESD | #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

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

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

New QAA/HEA ESD Guidance | Complementing UK Quality Code for Higher Education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141005134854-101066234-new-qaa-hea-esd-guidance-complementing-uk-quality-code-for-higher-education

My Top Ten posts in 2014… on Sustainability in Higher Education and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-top-ten-posts-2014-sustainability-higher-education-jayawardena

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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/

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/

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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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Formally launched! QAA-HEA ESD Guidance for UK higher education providers

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Education for sustainable development: Guidance for UK higher education providers was formally launched at the University of the West of England (UWE) on Friday 17 October 2014.

This one-day event that attracted around 100 delegates was jointly hosted by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and UWE.

This ESD Guidance, published in June 2014, was developed by QAA working in partnership with the HEA, with the help of an expert advisory group chaired by Professor James Longhurst and co-convened by Dr Laura Bellingham and Simon Kemp. An earlier version of the guidance was subject to public consultation between November 2013 and January 2014, which also included a consultation event.

The event started with a brief introduction to the day by Professor James Longhurst (Chair of the QAA/HEA ESD Group and Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability UWE).

Welcoming the delegates, Professor Steve West (Vice-Chancellor, UWE) emphasised that, although embedding ESD in the curriculum is not an easy task, it is important to do so because ESD directly concerns the future of our children and grandchildren as well as our planet. He revealed that UWE is engaging students in ESD via both the formal curriculum and extra-curricular activities with the help of the students union.

The morning comprised two panel presentation/discussion sessions. Panel one introduced the purpose and expected use of the Guidance. Panel 2 was a respondents’ panel of an academic user, a professional body and student representatives. In the afternoon five parallel workshops gave the delegates an opportunity to explore working with the new guidance within their own institutional context.

Panel one

Panel one, chaired by Professor Longhurst, comprised:

  • Dr Victoria Lindsay (Director, Quality Development Group, QAA)
  • Professor Philippa Levy (Deputy Chief Executive, Academic Practice, HEA)
  • Andrew Smith (Head of Estates and Sustainable Development, Higher Education Funding Council for England HEFCE)

Dr Victoria Lindsay (Director, Quality Development Group, QAA)

Dr Lindsay outlined the origins of this ESD Guidance, namely the HEFCE-funded two-year Quality and ESD project Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement, operated through an institutional arm (a consortium of five universities comprising Gloucestershire, Aston, Brighton, Exeter and Oxford Brookes) and a sector arm (working with QAA, the HEA and an Expert Advisory Board chaired by Anthony McClaran, CEO QAA). Among other things, this project organised a national conference in July 2012 and developed an online resource titled ‘Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability’. When the project came to a successful conclusion in September 2012, the sector decided to build on the good work and the eventual fruit was this ESD Guidance.

Observing that ESD is not a single degree subject but one that is taught across and outside the curriculum, she highlighted that it is one of the educational themes in the UK Quality Code for Higher Education that cuts across academic disciplines.

Turning to the public consultation on the Guidance, she revealed that the feedback on the initial draft was wide ranging with much debate on several aspects, including the definition of sustainability, use of examples in the document, inadequate coverage of equality and social justice and concerns of prescription. These have been taken into in the development of the final version, she said.

Responding to a query on whether the Guidance is mandatory, she said that it is not but added the expression ‘mandatory by stealth’!

Professor Philippa Levy (Deputy Chief Executive (Academic Practice), HEA)

Professor Levy outlined the expected use of the guidance for strategic and individual enhancement, innovation and CPD – for example in embedding ESD in curriculum, co-curriculum and extra-curricular activities; in discipline-specific and interdisciplinary learning focusing on ‘big challenges’; and in informing joining-up of enhancement agendas (e.g. employability).

She stated that ESD is relevant to HEA’s all four workstreams, namely curriculum design, innovation pedagogies, student transition and staff transition. She said that the Guidance would inform HEA enhancement activity in a variety of ways, e.g. HEA’s commissioned research (fifth NUS survey of student attitudes and perceptions around ESD), ESD strategic enhancement framework and toolkit resources and Green Academy change programme 2015-16. Her particular mention that the Guidance would inform the Green Academy programme must have reminded some of the audience the successful Green Academy 2013-2014, including the recent seminar/workshop series.

Stating that a strong feature of the guidance is that it is not prescriptive, she said that commitment to ESD should come within enhancement and teaching excellence. Observing that higher education is co-created, she expected that the Guidance would be used in the same spirit.

Andrew Smith (Head of Estates and Sustainable Development, Higher Education Funding Council for England HEFCE)

Andrew Smith said that students wanted ESD in the curriculum and it was good to see the Guidance emerging in response. He praised the Guidance for its clarity and inter-agency collaboration.

Revealing that sustainable development is now a core of HEFCE’s work, he outlined the progress of the forthcoming HEFCE Sustainable Development Framework, which comprises three sections: Reducing the environmental impact of the sector, creating a model sustainable economy, and engaging students. Last winter, the initial draft was subject to a public consultation, which included two events and webinars and also saw students being invited to a HEFCE consultation for the first time.

He believed that the HEFCE SD Framework, to be published in November 2014, would provide a solid support base for higher education’s other sustainability-oriented efforts such as this ESD Guidance. He was also of the view that UK is leading the world in sustainability in higher education.

Panel two

Panel two, chaired by Simon Kemp (University Lead in ESD, University of Southampton, former academic lead for ESD at the HEA and co-convenor of the QAA-HEA ESD Group), comprised:

  • Chris Willmore (Academic Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Bristol)
  • Iain Patton (Chief Executive, Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges EAUC)
  • Hannah Khan and Laura-Kate Howells (UWE Students’ Union)

Chris Willmore (Academic Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Bristol)

Asking whether the ESD guide would make any difference, Chris Willmore looked at its potential impact on three types of institutions, namely green, keen and grey, and argued that the biggest impact would be on the middle group, the keens.

She observed that this guidance would give permission and validity for ESD to move up the agenda in UK higher education while nudging creative ESD journeys at universities. However, she said that if it was made mandatory, it could become tokenistic.

She also declared that this was the first QAA document that allowed academics to have fun.

Iain Patton (Chief Executive, Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges EAUC)

Welcoming the symbolic leadership from QAA and HEA on ESD, Iain Patton saw the guidance as a stepping stone and said that its value lies in the impact on quality. Are graduates ready for the complexity in the outside world? he asked.

He observed that the Guidance would be capable of crossing the Rubicon between curriculum, campus and community and would help institutional leaders see opportunities and be empowered. However, he feared that the Guidance would not work properly if it was made a tick-box exercise.

He felt that the time was right for the sector to step up the sustainability agenda and proposed that ESD enthusiasts should hold a sustainability summit now.

Hannah Khan and Laura-Kate Howells (UWE Students’ Union)

Hannah and Laura-Kate stated that NUS-HEA annual survey on students’ attitude towards sustainable development consistently demonstrates that they want sustainability in the curriculum. They emphasised that, because employability links with sustainability skills, the former could be used to engage students with ESD. Moreover, they elaborated on the UWE Green Leaders programme.

Parallel workshops

In the afternoon five parallel workshops gave the delegates an opportunity to explore working with the new guidance within their own institutional context. They selected a workshop depending on where their institution was in its ESD journey, i.e. starting to address ESD, some way along in its ESD journey, or more advanced in its ESD activity.

In the workshop feedback session that followed, five facilitators and also members of the QAA/HEA ESD Group – Professor Debby Cotton, Simon Kemp (co-convenor), Dr Laura Bellingham (co-convenor), Dr Sarah Speight and Dr Alastair Robertson – reported back key points, which included the following:

  • Academics’ belief that ESD is not relevant to their discipline is a key barrier to advancing ESD
  • The QAA-HEA stamp on the Guidance is extremely useful
  • The Guidance is a stimulus for debate
  • The Guidance enables to use external recognition for ESD to drive the agenda internally in institutions
  • To engage students, promote the Guidance in other forms
  • Set up some sort of support mechanism such as a resource bank
  • There should be a platform to continue to talk and to share ideas, case studies and experiences

The last two points on ‘What Next?’ resonated the thoughts of ten (hypothetical) staff from UK higher education on supplementing this ESD Guidance.

An end with a high note…

Delivering the closing remarks, Professor Longhurst observed that there exists enormous enthusiasm and energy around ESD in the sector and announced that a Sustainability Summit would become a reality next year…

With the ESD Guidance, it seems that UK higher education has a bigger opportunity in using sustainability as a vehicle to position itself at the pinnacle of global higher education….

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

See also….

New QAA/HEA ESD Guidance | Complementing UK Quality Code for Higher Education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141005134854-101066234-new-qaa-hea-esd-guidance-complementing-uk-quality-code-for-higher-education

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

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) website:

Higher Education Academy (HEA) website:

LinkedIn posts on ESD and Sustainability in HE | #asiLI on Twitter

New QAA/HEA ESD Guidance | Complementing UK Quality Code for Higher Education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141005134854-101066234-new-qaa-hea-esd-guidance-complementing-uk-quality-code-for-higher-education

Note: For LinkedIn posts on 16 exemplars of UK universities (Bradford, Edinburgh, Essex, Gloucestershire, Keele, LSBU, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford Brookes, Southampton, Staffordshire, Surrey, UCL, UCLan, UWE and Worcester), please visit https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/linkedin-posts/uk-uni-efforts-li-posts/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southampton’s Sustainability Action Programme | Sustainability across CORE – Curriculum, Operations, Research and Experience http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140915112858-101066234-southampton-s-sustainability-action-programme-sustainability-across-core-curriculum-operations-research-and-experience

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

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

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

New QAA/HEA ESD Guidance to complement UK Quality Code for Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/new-esd-guidance-to-complement-uk-quality-code-for-higher-education/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/unesco-world-conference-on-education-for-sustainable-development-esd/

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/

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

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/

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/

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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/

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HEFCE London event: NHS Sustainable Development jab to higher education

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Universities should become visible institutions of future, said David Pencheon (Director, Sustainable Development Unit, National Health Service NHS), at a sustainable development consultation event of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), held in London on 30 January 2014.

The event, part of the ongoing consultation on HEFCE’s sustainable development (SD) framework, celebrated progress and achievements in English higher education, provided a discussion forum for future actions and facilitated networking on sustainable development.

Facilitated by Alison Johns (Head of Leadership, Governance and Management LGM, HEFCE), the day began with a welcome and introduction by Steve Egan (Deputy Chief Executive, HEFCE), who said it was good to see SD becoming more mainstream in English universities. He said HEFCE wanted to know how it could help institutions and students in improving their SD efforts even further.

Presenting the Big Picture, David Pencheon from NHS highlighted a number of key points:

  • SD is about fair, sustainable communities. It’s really important to have a great consultation process
  • Sustainability is a messy, wicked area but we should have tangible, measureable deliverables
  • Many start with efficiency, doing the same business model better. But there’s no point in doing the wrong thing better and better, so transformational change is needed, i.e., a different business model
  • Reframe sustainability positively, for example, highlighting health co-benefits

He also revealed three principles of behaviour change:

  • Most of what we do, we do automatically and is emotionally driven
  • Changes in behaviour requires simultaneous and comprehensive action across all environments
  • Behaviours can be hard to change but two things can help: (1) important life/societal events (2) issues we hold deeply and dearly

‘Critique of the Framework – an institutional perspective’ was delivered by Nigel Carrington (Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London), who presented their vision and lessons learned. Although metrics could be misleading, they do focus management minds, he said. He observed that the biggest impact universities could make was probably via the curriculum and mentioned awards such as Green Gown Awards as powerful incentives for staff while highlighting his institution’s exemplary SD efforts, including the Centre for Sustainable Fashion. He also emphasised that HEFCE’s new focus on leadership in its SD framework is ‘hugely important’.

Presenting on Sustainability and Students, Dom Anderson (Vice-President Society and Citizenship, National Union of Students NUS), stressed on students’ strong demand for SD, referring to the recently published report Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development (The Higher Education Academy HEA and the NUS). It revealed that over 80% of students believe sustainable development should be actively promoted and incorporated by UK universities. He also outlined the NUS behaviour change initiatives for students:

  • Student Switch-Off: an inter-dormitory energy saving competition
  • Green Impact: an environmental accreditation and awards scheme
  • Student Eats: a local food growing scheme

He also elaborated on the 25 ongoing projects of the HEFCE-funded NUS Students’ Green Fund, saying that a cultural shift had been created through it.

In the panel discussion followed, David Pencheon emphasised that leadership was not always from the top and students were often better at it. Nigel Carrington suggested that one should get into the head of their vice chancellor to see what could attract him or her to sustainability. Dom Anderson reminded that, although the panel comprised men, some of the best people that led on sustainability were women.

In the activity session ‘What really works?’ the delegates swapped success stories within their tables and then a representative from each table shared a moral of an inspiring story.

In the session ‘Discussion and feedback on the consultation’, the participants discussed the consultation questions within their tables and then a table representative shared a key element with the rest of the audience. Among key points emerged were the following:

  • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) should have a central role
  • A whole institution approach is vital for developing synergies
  • Supporting communities and staff as well as students is important
  • Vice chancellors should be engaged, perhaps through students, who are more likely to be heard
  • The framework should paint a picture what a sustainable university would look like

The day ended with closing remarks and thanks by Andrew Smith (Head of Estates and Sustainable Development at HEFCE).

The first consultation event was held in Leeds on 9 January 2014.

Interested in contributing to the consultation? The consultation document Sustainable development in higher education: Consultation on a framework for HEFCE and the response form are available for downloading from http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2013/201331/. Please email comments and feedback to sustainabledevelopment@hefce.ac.uk by noon on Friday 7 February 2014.

Image created from photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

 

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Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

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

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

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 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/

NHS (National Health Service)

NHS Sustainable Development Unit website http://www.sduhealth.org.uk/

University of the Arts London (UAL)

Sustainable Arts UAL http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/sustainability/

Centre for Sustainable Fashion http://www.sustainable-fashion.com/

Blog by Nigel Carrington (Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/vice-chancellor/author/ncarrington/

National Union of Students (NUS)

Student Switch-Off http://www.studentswitchoff.org/

Green Impact http://www.green-impact.org.uk/

Student Eats http://www.studenteats.org.uk/

NUS Students’ Green Fund http://www.studentsgreenfund.org.uk/

 

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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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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

 

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NUS announces 25 Students’ Green Fund projects in England

SML-NUS-SGF-websiteThe National Union of Students (NUS) has announced 25 ethical and environmental projects that have been successful in bidding for the funding of its Students Green Fund.

These projects, led by student unions, will drive transformative sustainability across their campuses and communities, creating world-leading greening credentials across English higher education.

The student-led funding panel considered proposals from 120 students’ unions and each successful project has been granted between £150,000 and £300,000 for a project period of two years. The NUS will support these projects during this period.

The £5m Students’ Green Fund has been funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Image adapted from the NUS Students’ Green Fund micro-site

More on the announcement

More on the funded projects (from NUS Students’ Green Fund micro-site)

News post on the HEFCE website on award of £5M to the NUS to establish the fund

 

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£5m Students’ Green Fund: NUS calls for applications

The National Union of Students (NUS) has called for applications from English students’ unions for sustainability projects. Around 25 two-year projects are expected to be funded from the £5m Students’ Green Fund recently funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

 

Outlined by four key themes, namely student participation, partnership, impact and legacy, the Fund aims to put students in the driving seat for sustainability engagement initiatives while supporting them in their role as agents for change. Its objectives are to:

  • Initiate a step change in student engagement in sustainability issues
  • Enable students to become meaningful agents for change on sustainability issues in higher education
  • Ensure sustainability remains an institutional priority within the sector
  • Put English higher education on the map for its sustainability efforts

 

The key dates are as follows:

  • Deadline for expression of interest: 05 June 2013, 12 noon
  • Final deadline for full applications: 26 June 2013, 12 noon
  • Funding panel meeting: 22 July 2013
  • Steering group meeting: 29 July 2013
  • Notification of results: week commencing 29 July 2013
  • Anticipated start of successful projects: September 2013

 

Through the Students’ Green Fund, the NUS will further advance in its endeavour of creating a social norm of sustainability in institutions while building on its previous initiatives such as Student Switch Off, Green Impact, Student Eats and the sustainable growth programme.

 

More on NUS website

More on HEFCE website

 

 

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

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An online resource, titled ‘The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability,’ went live at http://efsandquality.glos.ac.uk in December 2012.

Developed as the core output for the project Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement, a two-year project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), this resource aims to share practice and insights from this initiative.

The project, which successfully concluded in September 2012, operated through an institutional arm (a consortium of five universities comprising Gloucestershire, Aston, Brighton, Exeter and Oxford Brookes) and a sector arm (working with Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education [QAA], Higher Education Academy [HEA] and an Expert Advisory Board chaired by QAA).

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