Bristol & UWE to host int’l symposium on Sustainability in Higher Education with a focus on students

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An international symposium titled ‘Learning from the Sharp End – Implications for Sustainability in Higher Education’, will take place in Bristol on 7-8 September 2015.

This event, jointly organised by the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE) and supported by the UN SIDS Partnership ‘Learning from the Sharp End of Environmental Uncertainty’ and the National Union of Students (NUS), is part wide programme of activities for Bristol’s year as the European Green Capital for 2015.

Central to the approach adopted by the UN SIDS partnership is the concept of learning from those in the front line of change. This conference will use that approach to learn from those developing initiatives in higher education.

The symposium will focus on new ideas to empower and enable students to make a difference and to deliver a more sustainable future. It will showcase the best international experience of engaging students in sustainability learning with an emphasis upon holistic approaches which link student-led activities, the informal curriculum, skills and engagement development in the formal curriculum and the campus and city as living laboratories. It also has a sub theme, namely, Postgraduate Voices – tomorrow’s agenda.

The symposium will feature a number of keynote speakers:
• Jamie Agombar (Ethical and Environment Manager, National Union of Students NUS)
• Simon Kemp (Academic Lead – ESD, University of Southampton)
• Professor James Longhurst (Assistant Vice Chancellor, Environment and Sustainability, UWE, Bristol)
• Sara Parkin (Forum for the Future)
• Iain Patton (CEO, The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges EAUC)
• Chris Wilmore (Bristol Green Academy Academic Lead, University of Bristol)
• Professor Carolyn Roberts (University of Oxford)

The event will include workshops and roundtables and over thirty academic papers will be presented. Moreover, a pre-conference programme will enable delegates to explore Bristol as European Green Capital and contribute to this special year.

The two universities are leading a HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) Catalyst Fund project, called ‘Student Capital: Green Capital’. The project brings together formal and informal curriculum initiatives to test different ways of engaging students in sustainability learning, focusing on how student capital can be harnessed to make a difference to the students and in the community. Contributions to this Symposium will inform the outcomes of that work.

Graphic adapted from the symposium website.

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Symposium website https://sites.google.com/site/beyondesd/home

Learning from the Sharp End of Environmental Uncertainty in SIDS
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdinaction/index.php?page=view&type=1006&menu=1348&nr=7918

Bristol 2015: European Green Capital https://www.bristol2015.co.uk/
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Guardian University Awards 2014 | Loughborough and Jamie fly sustainability flag high

SML-GuardianAwardsLoughborough University won the Sustainability project award while Jamie Agombar crowned to glory as the Inspiring Leader of UK higher education at the awards ceremony of The Guardian University Awards 2014 held on 27 February 2014.

Hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, the ceremony recognised the best practice, achievement and innovation in UK higher education.

Through popular vote, Jamie Agombar (Ethical and Environmental Manager, National Union of Students NUS) won the Higher Education’s Inspiring Leader award sponsored by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LfHE).

The awards comprised a range of categories, including the Sustainability project:

  • Business partnership
  • Communications campaign
  • Community contribution
  • Distance or online learning
  • Diversity initiative
  • Employability initiative
  • Facilities project
  • International project
  • Research impact
  • Student experience
  • Sustainability project
  • Teaching excellence
  • Widening participation

The Sustainability project award went to Loughborough University for its Eat Your Campus project, which aims to make more productive use of the campus’s green spaces as a food resource. University of Northampton and London School of Economics and Political Science were the runners up, for their Biodiversity Index and Sustainable Projects Fund, respectively.

Photographs from The Guardian website

 

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Guardian University Awards | Winners & Runners-up http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/feb/28/guardian-university-awards-winners

Guardian University Awards | Ideas Bank http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/series/guardian-university-awards-2014-ideas-bank

Guardian University Awards’ Inspiring Leader – Jamie Agombar

http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2014/feb/27/guardian-university-awards-inspiring-leader-jamie-agombar

Sustainability project | Winner: Loughborough University (Eat Your Campus)

http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2014/feb/18/winner-loughborough-university-sustainability-project

Sustainability project | Runner up: University of Northampton (Project: the Biodiversity Index)

http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2014/feb/18/runner-up-university-of-northampton-sustainability-project

Sustainability project | Runner up: London School of Economics and Political Science (Project: the Sustainable Projects Fund) http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2014/feb/18/runner-up-london-school-of-economics-and-political-science-sustainability-project

The Guardian Higher Education Network http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network

 

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The HEA-Southampton University seminar | Educating global citizens: Green Academy, student-staff partnerships & ESD

SML-HEA-SouthamptonA seminar, titled ‘Educating global citizens: Green Academy as a vehicle for students and staff partnerships for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD),’ will take place at the University of Southampton on 25 February 2014.

Hosted as part of the Workshop and Seminar Series 2013/2014 of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), this event will bring together national experts, students and staff with an interest in exploring sustainable development in the curriculum. It will build on the solid body of evidence that students believe sustainability should be covered by their university, as revealed by the HEA/NUS (National Union of Students) research on student attitudes to sustainability.

The day’s focus will be to provide a platform for students and staff to work together to shape the embedding of ESD within the teaching and learning of topic areas not traditionally associated with ESD.

The event will also provide a platform for exploring the use of technology, the campus as a living lab, and extra-curricular learning in the context of ESD. It intends to cover areas such as exploring curriculum design and learning materials, enhancing student employability and graduate capabilities, and potential open educational resources.

The event will begin with a national perspective on ESD by Simon Kemp (Sustainability Action Chair University of Southampton). It will feature two keynotes, by Charlotte Taylor (NUS) and Dr Zoe Robinson (Keele University).  A session led by the University of Southampton Students’ Union and Sustainability Action Programme will cover Student-Staff Partnerships for Sustainability at Southampton. Another session, by Simon Kemp, Jessica Lobo, Julia Kendal from the University of Southampton, will simulate a Sustainability Development Goals Summit. The event will also feature two more speakers, namely Felix Spira (Rootability) and Julie Wintrup (University of Southampton).

Attendance is free and 60 places are available on first-come, first-served basis. Please register online (see link below).

Image created from logos of the HEA and the University of Southampton

 

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Event webpage (and free online registration) http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2014/Seminars/Themes/GEN972_Southampton

Contact email Thematic.Seminar@heacademy.ac.uk

Day’s programme http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/seminars/2013-14/Themes2013-2014/GEN972_southampton/thematic_WSS_programme_template_Southamptonv3.pdf

Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development (Report)

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/sustainability/ESD_student_attitudes_2013_v4.pdf

ESD page on the HEA website http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/education-for-sustainable-development

Sustainability Action Programme, University of Southampton http://www.southampton.ac.uk/sustainabilityaction/index.page

 

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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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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

 

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/

 

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Sustainability in Guardian University Awards 2014: LSE, Loughborough, Northampton and Jamie in the fray

Guardian HE awardsLondon School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Loughborough University and University of Northampton are in the shortlist for the Sustainability Project award in the Guardian University Awards 2014. Moreover, Jamie Agombar is among the seven nominations to the Inspiring Leader award.

Sustainability project, which is one of the thirteen award categories, has the following nominations:

  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE): Sustainable Projects fund
  • Loughborough University: Eat Your Campus
  • University of Northampton: Biodiversity Index

Jamie Agombar (Ethical and Environmental Manager, National Union of Students NUS) is in the shortlist of seven nominees for Higher Education’s Inspiring Leader award sponsored by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LfHE).

The judges’ testimonial on Jamie, available on The Guardian website, is as follows:

“Jamie has developed NUS’s award-winning national sustainability programme, working with students’ unions, universities, communities and suppliers, while sitting on a range of key sector bodies. His energetic, focused, and incisive leadership has had a significant impact on the involvement of students in university efforts to address sustainability. From a Defra research project to the influential HEA/NUS survey into student attitudes and skills in sustainability, he champions a vision of students leaving tertiary education committed to resolving social and environmental issues through what they do in their lives.”

The others in the shortlist are:

  • Robert Burgess, vice-chancellor, University of Leicester
  • Wendy Hall, professor of computer science, University of Southampton
  • Tricia King, pro-vice-master for student experience and director of external relations, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Alan Langlands, vice-chancellor of University of Leeds and former chief executive of Higher Education Funding Council for England
  • Chris Snowden, vice-chancellor, University of Surrey, and president of Universities UK
  • Richard Taylor, chief operating officer, Loughborough University and former deputy registrar at University of Leicester

The winner will be selected through votes of the members of the Guardian Higher Education Network and voting will close on 31 January.

The winners of the Guardian Awards will be announced on 26 February 2014.

Image from The Guardian website  

 

More….

Shortlist of Awards http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2013/dec/11/guardian-university-awards-2014-shortlist

Inspiring Leader Award (and voting) http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/competition/2014/jan/14/higher-education-inspiring-leader-vote

Guardian Higher Education Network http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network

 

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

CELEBRATION: Guardian University Awards 2013 – University of Wales TSD wins Best Sustainability Project award https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/celebration-guardian-university-awards-2013-university-of-wales-tsd-wins-best-sustainability-project-award/

University of Northampton Biodiversity Index https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/university-of-northampton-biodiversity-index/

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/

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/

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/

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/

Sierra Ranking 2013: University of Connecticut is America’s greenest https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/sierra-ranking-2013-university-of-connecticut-is-americas-greenest/

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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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

 

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Five questions and 100 delegates from 15 countries: COPERNICUS conference on higher education, sustainability and ESD

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COPERNICUS Alliance Conference on Leadership in a Changing World: Higher education, sustainability and the new Global Action Programme on ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) was held at the University of Gloucestershire UK on 10-11 January 2014.

This international conference, attended by 100 delegates from over 15 countries from Europe (including UK, Spain, Germany, Sweden, France, Czech Republic, Finland, Poland, Italy, Austria, The Netherlands, Denmark) and outside (e.g. Jamaica, USA, Kenya, Australia, Canada), took place during a major transition period for ESD globally, namely the end of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014) and the beginning of the new Global Action Programme on ESD.

The two-day event was structured around the following themes:

  • Day 1: University Leadership for Sustainability
  • Day 2: Student Leadership for Sustainability and COPERNICUS Alliance (CA)

 

University Leadership for Sustainability (Day 1)

The conference started with a welcome by Professor Steven Marston, Vice-Chancellor, University of Gloucestershire.

In her opening address, Professor Daniella Tilbury (Chair of the UNESCO Monitoring and Evaluation Group for the DESD and President of COPERNICUS Alliance) emphasised that, with a focus on global platforms, institutional development and student leadership for sustainable development in higher education, the conference was underpinned by five questions:

  • What have been the major changes and shifts in higher education towards sustainability over the last ten years?
  • What does the future hold for universities and colleges engaged with this agenda?
  • What role will the new Global Action Programme on ESD play in advancing change for sustainability in higher education?
  • How do we extend the circle of the committed and build partnerships for change?
  • How do you understand transformation for sustainable development in higher education?

The morning of Day 1 featured three keynotes:

  • Dr Alexander Leicht (UNESCO, Chief of ESD Section, France): The Global Action Programme on ESD and UNESCO ESD plans in post-DESD
  • Mahesh Pradhan (United Nations Environment Programme UNEP and Founder of its Global University Partnerships on Environment and Sustainability GUPES, Kenya): Ambitions and achievements of UNEP’s GUPES
  • Dr Geoff Scott (Emeritus Professor of Sustainability at the University of Western Sydney and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Futures Leadership Academy SFLA, Australia): Findings of the Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education study

An interactive panel discussion, chaired by Dr. Alex Ryan (CA, UK), followed, directing the delegates to five discussion groups on the following:

  • Learning from the UN Decade of ESD
  • The desirable outlook of the new kind of higher education
  • Education and diversity
  • Partnerships for connecting higher education system to wider community
  • Leadership in higher education

The afternoon began with two parallel sessions.

The first parallel session comprised sessions under three themes:

Whole-institutional approaches:

  • Enhancing higher education for sustainable development by advantaging a developed change management process for universities, Tove Holme, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Implementation of sustainable development in higher education: Evidence from 70 universities, Professor Rodrigo Lozano, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, The Netherlands
  • A viral approach, Jean-Christophe Carteron, KEDGE Business School, France
  • A research plan for modelling organisational transformation towards sustainability at higher education institutions, Alex R Shelley, International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development (ICIS), The Netherlands

Partnerships for sustainability

  • Partnerships for change: ESD in practice in Welsh Higher Education, Lara Hopkinson, Cardiff University, UK
  • Sustainable cities: opportunities for building partnerships through European Green Capital, Chris Willmore, University of Bristol, UK
  • Building a partnership for change: The connecting children and nature network, Nicola Kemp, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Teaching and learning for sustainability:

  • Widening the geography of learning; reflecting on community based learning in sustainability education, Kenny Lynch, University of Gloucestershire, UK
  • Politechnolopis: Let’s be designers of out future, not its victims, Maja Ewa Nowak, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
  • From the human-environment theme towards sustainability: The case of Danish University Geography, Thomas Skou Grindsted, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Through global learning and teaching towards sustainability, Birgitta Nordén, Malmö University, Sweden

The second parallel session covered two themes:

Whole-institutional approaches:

  • Achievements of the environmental sustainable development at University of Granada, Carolina Cardenas, University of Granada, Spain
  • Education for Sustainable Development at the University of West England, Bristol, Professor James Longhurst and Dr Georgina Gough, University of West England, UK
  • Higher education and the challenge of sustainability: The Central European case, Jana Dlouhá, Charles University, Czech Republic
  • In transition USC: A programme for the promotion of participation to improve university sustainability, Tamara Miguéns, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Higher education and sustainability networks:

  • The UN SDSN project and the MED-Solutions Network, Dario Piselli, University of Siena, Italy
  • Contributing to partnerships of change: The International Sustainable Campus Network, Dr Bernd Kasemir, USA
  • Sustainability in Canadian post-secondary education: a comparative analysis of how institutions are engaging with sustainability, Philip Vaughter, The Sustainability Education Policy Network, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Sustainability at University of Siena: Greening USiena and a model of cooperation between stakeholders, Dario Piselli, University of Siena, Italy

The afternoon of Day 1 saw three more keynotes:

  • Dr Lorna Down (Teacher Education Expert at the University SML-CorpConf-SubPicof West Indies, Jamaica): Outcomes of a Teacher Education project on curriculum innovation in sustainability in Jamaica
  • Professor Javier Benayas (Co-ordinator of RISU [Network of sustainability indicators in higher education] at the Iberoamerican Network of Universities for Sustainability [ARIUSA] and Executive Secre­tary of CADEP-CRUE [Sustainability working group within the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities], Spain): Work of ARIUSA and progress on one of its flagship projects on sustainability indicators
  • Dr Ingrid Mulà (CA Co-ordinator, UK): Ambitions and plans of the UE4SD project

The keynotes were followed by an interactive panel discussion chaired by Dr Simon Burandt (Leuphana University of Lüneburg and CA, Germany).

The day’s dialogues and outcomes were summarised by Professor Dr Clemens Mader (Visiting Professor for Environment and Sustainability in the Region at Leuphana University of Lüneburg and Vice-President of CA, Germany).

Day 1 ended with closing words by Maxine Melling Pro-Vice Chancellor (Operations) University of Gloucestershire.

 

Student Leadership for Sustainability (Day 2)

Day 2 began with a welcome by Professor Tilbury and featured four keynotes in the morning:

  • Jamie Agombar (Ethical and Environmental Manager, National Union of Students NUS, UK): Students and sustainability
  • Felix Spira (Co-founder of RootAbility, Germany): Maastricht University Green Office concept
  • Dr. Zoe Robinson (Director of Education for Sustainability at Keele University, UK): A report of the international conference on Student Action for Sustainability held at Keele in October 2013
  • Tom Newman (Students Union, University of Gloucestershire UK): Greener Gloucestershire Project

The keynotes session was followed by an interactive panel discussion, chaired by Iain Patton (CEO Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges EAUC, UK).

Finally, a session on student sustainability projects and research, chaired by Professor Jiri Dlouhy (CA, Czech Republic), took place:

  • Student research on energy literacy, Dr Wendy Miller, Plymouth University UK
  • University students as active and engaged citizens, Dr Salvador Calabuig, University of Girona, Spain
  • Action plus reflection = learning: The role of embedded activity in transformational learning, Chris Willmore, University of Bristol UK
  • What do staff and students make of Sustainable Development, and what can we do about it? Dr Neil Gordon, University of Hull, UK

 

COPERNICUS Alliance AGM (Day 2)

The conference was followed by the CA Annual General Meeting.

COPERNICUS Alliance (CA) is a European network of higher education institutions that aims to re-orient their programmes and research towards sustainable development while promoting best practice on sustainable management of university campuses. It also seeks to build partnerships with business, government agencies and civil society to progress sustainability at the local and global level.

CA’s origins run back to the 1993 COPERNICUS Charta, which has so far been endorsed by 326 European universities, showcasing their commitment in leading change for sustainable development. In 2011, an updated version of the COPERNICUS Charta, namely COPERNICUS Charta 2.0, was developed and this calls for a greater commitment of universities in re-orienting themselves towards sustainable development.

Images created from photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

 

More…

Copernicus Alliance website http://www.copernicus-alliance.org/

UNESCO ESD page http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/education-for-sustainable-development/

UNESCO ESD website http://en.unesco.org/themes/education-sustainable-development

UNESCO World Conference on ESD 2014 (Japan, 10-12 November 2014) http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/

Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education http://hetreatyrio20.com/

Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) of UNEP http://www.unep.org/training/programmes/gupes.asp

Global University Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) http://www.gupes.org

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

Turnaround Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education http://www.uws.edu.au/bringing_sustainability_to_life/sustainability/research/turnaround_leadership_for_sustainability_in_higher_education

ARIUSA http://www.ariusa.net/

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

RootAbility http://rootability.com/en/homepage/

 

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 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

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University News & Info website

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

 

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

 

More…

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/

 

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