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

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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

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QAA/HEA Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Guidance | Formal launch on 17 October at UWE

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The formal launch of new guidance, Education for sustainable development: Guidance for UK higher education providers, will take place at Severn Room, Exhibition and Conference Centre, Frenchay Campus, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, BS34 8QZ on Friday 17 October 2014, 10.00-16.00.

Jointly hosted by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the University of the West of England (UWE), this one-day event will be of interest to programme leaders, teaching staff, institutional managers with responsibility for academic quality, sustainability leaders, and students and their representatives.

This Education for Sustainable Development (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 of UWE 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.

Day’s programme

Following an introduction to the day by Professor Jim Longhurst (Chair of the QAA/HEA ESD Group and Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability UWE), Professor Steve West (Vice-Chancellor, UWE) will welcome the delegates.

The morning will be structured around two panel presentation/discussion sessions. Panel one will introduce the purpose and expected use of the guidance, and panel two will be a respondents’ panel of academic users, professional body and student representatives.

Panel one, chaired by Professor Jim Longhurst, will comprise:

  • 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)

Panel two, chaired by Simon Kemp (University Lead in ESD, University of Southampton and former academic lead for ESD at the HEA), will comprise:

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

In the afternoon parallel workshops will give the delegates an opportunity to explore working with the new guidance within their own institutional context. They will be able to select a workshop depending on where their institution is in its ESD journey, i.e. starting to address ESD, some way along in its ESD journey, or more advanced in its ESD activity. Each workshop  will be facilitated by a member of the QAA/HEA ESD Group.

The event will come to a close with feedback from the workshops and conclusions from the day.

ESD Guidance

This Guidance, which aims to assist staff in UK HEIs in incorporating ESD within the curricula of their respective disciplines, comprises two main parts:

  • The identification of graduate outcomes: What students will be able to know, understand and do after an appropriate period of learning
  • A focus on teaching, learning and assessment: The ways in which educators can work with students to help them achieve and demonstrate the outcomes

Although it relates primarily to undergraduate provision and assessment at Level 6, the guidance may also be helpful to educators working at other levels (e.g. Level 5, including foundation degrees, and postgraduate). Moreover, it should be read in conjunction with the appropriate QAA subject benchmark statement.

Chapter B3 of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (the Quality Code) on Learning and Teaching identifies education for sustainability (or ESD) as an educational theme that cuts across academic disciplines. This guidance therefore complements the Quality Code but does not form an explicit part of it.

Booking

There is no charge to attend this event. Register online (see link below) to attend the event by Friday 10 October 2014.

Image adapted from the PDF flier of the event.

See also…

Free registration for the event on 17 October 2014 (registration closes on 10 October 2014) https://www.formstack.com/forms/uwe-esdguidancelaunch

UWE website | Launch of QAA-HEA guidance for higher education providers on Education for Sustainable Development http://info.uwe.ac.uk/events/event.aspx?id=16184

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/

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 ESD/sustainability 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

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

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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/

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/

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/

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/

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

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

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New QAA/HEA ESD Guidance to complement UK Quality Code for Higher Education

SML-QAA-ESD-docThe QAA/HEA ESD Guidance, titled Education for sustainable development: Guidance for UK higher education providers, was published in June 2014. It is a product of collaboration between the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

 

Aim and who it is for

 

The guidance aims to assist staff in UK higher education institutions in incorporating education for sustainable development (ESD) within the curricula of their respective disciplines.

 

This reference point for use in curriculum design, delivery and review is mainly targeted at academics, educational developers and programme leaders. However, it may also be of interest to those with responsibility for quality assurance and enhancement, and the management of teaching and learning.

 

Although this guidance relates primarily to undergraduate provision and assessment at Level 6, it may also be helpful to educators working at other levels (e.g. Level 5, including foundation degrees, and postgraduate). Moreover, it should be read in conjunction with the appropriate QAA subject benchmark statement.

 

Status

 

Chapter B3 of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (the Quality Code) on Learning and Teaching identifies education for sustainability (or ESD) as an educational theme that cuts across academic disciplines. This guidance therefore complements the Quality Code but does not form an explicit part of it.

 

Structure and content

 

The ESD guidance recognises that there are many ways in which ESD could be incorporated within the curricula and therefore it is not prescriptive about delivery. It only presents an outcomes-based framework for use in curriculum design, and general guidance on approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. Moreover, it is not specific to any particular degree programme or subject specialism.

 

The document comprises two main parts:

  • The identification of graduate outcomes: What students will be able to know, understand and do after an appropriate period of learning
  • A focus on teaching, learning and assessment: The ways in which educators can work with students to help them achieve and demonstrate the outcomes

 

How it was prepared

 

The guidance was prepared by an expert group drawn from the UK higher education community with expertise in ESD. The group was 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.

 

For more information, please contact Dr Laura Bellingham L.Bellingham@qaa.ac.uk

 

Image adapted from the cover of the guidance.

 

 

More…

 

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

 

Web page of the ESD Guidance document http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Pages/education-for-sustainable-development-guidance.aspx

 

Circular letter (Number CL 07/14) http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Documents/ESD-publication.pdf

 

ESD on QAA website http://www.qaa.ac.uk/ImprovingHigherEducation/Pages/Leading-Curriculum-Change.aspx

 

ESD on the Higher Education Academy (HEA) website http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/education-for-sustainable-development

 

 

ESD posts on LinkedIn (#asiLI)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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)

 

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/

 

Gloucestershire event | Turning tides in Education for Sustainability (EfS) across higher education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/gloucestershire-event-turning-tides-in-education-for-sustainability-efs-across-higher-education/

 

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/

 

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/

 

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/

 

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/

 

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/

 

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

 

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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Online consultation on QAA/HEA draft guidance on ESD for UK higher education open until 3 January 2014

SML-qaa-online-consltnThe online consultation of Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) on the new draft guidance on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for UK higher education providers will come to a close on 3 January 2014. The guidance will then be published in early 2014.

Before launching this online consultation on 11 November, QAA and the Higher Education Academy (HEA), which collaborated in producing the draft, held a one-day consultation workshop in Birmingham on 5 November 2013 (see link below).

Why an ESD guidance?

This new ESD guidance aims to offer practical help to UK higher education providers who to embrace ESD as part of the student academic experience. Chapter B3: Learning and teaching of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (the Quality Code), published in September 2012, identifies education for sustainability* (or ESD) as an educational theme that cuts across academic disciplines. The new guidance, offering a point of reference to educators, intends to complement the Quality Code, sitting alongside it.

Why a consultation on this draft?

The ongoing online consultation aims to gather wider views of the higher education sector and its stakeholders on this draft guidance, which has been developed by an expert group drawn from and acting on behalf of UK higher education community. Falling in line with its consultative and transparent process through which it operates, QAA intends to ensure that the final product is as representative as practically possible.

What does the draft cover?

The draft guidance:

  • Introduces the concept of ESD
  • Identifies a set of graduate outcomes (knowledge and understanding, skills, and attributes) appropriate for use as a framework in programme design and delivery
  • Offers guidance on approaches to teaching, learning and assessment
  • Provides a list of web-based resources

The guidance is not prescriptive and recognises that the way ESD is delivered would depend on institutional and disciplinary context.

Who should respond to the consultation?

Contributions are welcome from anyone with an interest in students’ academic experiences in ESD.

This may include staff within higher education (e.g. related to programme design and delivery, academic quality and the student experience), students and student representatives, academic support organisations, and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies. The consultation survey (on Survey Monkey) can be accessed from http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ESD_Consultation

For further information, please contact Dr Laura Bellingham at L.Bellingham@qaa.ac.uk

Image adapted from the cover of the draft guidance

More….

Consultation on draft guidance for UK higher education providers on ESD (QAA news release)

Please note that this page allows you to view/download the survey questions beforehand

http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Newsroom/Consultations/Pages/Consultation-ESD.aspx

ESD draft guidance for UK higher education providers:

QAA policy on consultations http://www.qaa.ac.uk/AboutUs/corporate/Policies/Pages/QAA-policy-on-consultations.aspx

ESD on QAA website http://www.qaa.ac.uk/ImprovingHigherEducation/Pages/Leading-Curriculum-Change.aspx

ESD page on the Higher Education Academy (HEA) website http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/education-for-sustainable-development

ESD-related posts on the satellite websites of the Sustainable University One-stop Shop

Blog/ reflective diary

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

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/

News

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/

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/

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/

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 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/

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/

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/

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QAA/HEA ESD Guidance Document for UK higher education goes under consultation

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A one-day consultation workshop on the draft QAA/HEA Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Guidance Document for UK higher education providers took place in Birmingham on 5 November 2013.

Five speakers set the scene for the afternoon’s consultation process. In his welcome and introduction, Anthony McClaran (Chief Executive, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education QAA) highlighted the strategic need for reorienting higher education curricula in the context of sustainability and predicted that the QAA/HEA ESD Guidance document would have a real impact on the UK higher education sector.

Speaking on ‘The student demand for ESD’, Dom Anderson (Vice-President Society and Citizenship, National Union of Students NUS) drew attention to the strong student demand for sustainability in the curriculum, referring to the recent report Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development, by the HEA and the NUS. He emphasised that students and academics should work in partnership in the area of ESD.

In his speech on ‘The role of ESD in the Higher Education sector’, Simon Kemp (Academic Lead ESD, HEA and Co-convenor of the QAA/HEA Working Group) emphasised the one real remit of universities, namely Responsible Futures. In delivering this, informal curriculum can play a vital role in student engagement and part of the challenge is moving away from traditional campus greening, he said. He concluded with ‘the real challenge’: How could we engage the rest of higher education in ESD through a guidance document?

Professor Daniella Tilbury (Chair UNESCO DESD Expert Group and Director of Sustainability, University of Gloucestershire) spoke on the online resource ‘Guide to Quality and ESD in Higher Education’, which is a key outcome of the HEFCE funded project, Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement in 2010-2012. She highlighted that ESD, which is relevant to all, is about how we teach as well as what we teach. Referring to the Quality and ESD project’s five partner universities – Gloucestershire, Aston, Brighton, Exeter and Oxford Brookes – she outlined how different universities took different routes to link ESD to their Quality initiatives. She also mentioned that UNESCO has designated ESD as one of its top priorities for a decade from 2014.

The ESD Guidance Document consultation process was the topic for Professor James Longhurst (Assistant Vice-Chancellor Environment and Sustainability, University of the West of England UWE and Chair of the QAA/HEA Working Group). A collaborative product of the QAA and the HEA, this guidance document has been developed by representatives of the higher education community with ESD expertise. With the aim of assisting higher education practitioners who plan to offer students with opportunities in thinking and learning about sustainable development as part of the latter’s higher education experience, this guidance is structured around two strands: (1) Graduate outcomes (2) Teaching, learning and assessment. He said that the document is not prescriptive about delivery, intends to be relevant to educators of all disciplines, and includes signposts to further information and resources. He also described how the delegates were expected to participate in the consultation process in the afternoon.

In the afternoon the delegates took part in five consultation working groups:

  • Definitions and the need for ESD
  • Graduate outcomes: knowledge and understanding
  • Graduate outcomes: skills and attributes
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: approaches to teaching and learning
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: approaches to assessment, questions for educators

Later, representatives from the five groups gave feedback.

Finally, Simon Kemp and Dr Laura Bellingham (Assistant Director, Research Development and Partnerships, QAA and Co-convenor of the QAA/HEA Working Group) revealed the next steps. An eight-week online consultation will be open for the public soon. The final version of the guidance document is expected to be published in early 2014.

 

More….

News post on the ESD consultation workshop

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2013/05_nov_HEA_QAA_ESD

Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development (Report)

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

Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education (Online resource)

http://efsandquality.glos.ac.uk/

 

Related news posts on Sustainable University News website:

Consultation workshop: QAA/HEA Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Guidance Document

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/consultation-workshop-qaahea-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-guidance-document/

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 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/

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/

UNEP publishes Greening Universities Toolkit

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

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University Notes blog:

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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Consultation workshop: QAA/HEA Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Guidance Document

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The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) will hold a consultation workshop in Birmingham on 5 November 2013 for the development of a new QAA & HEA Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Guidance Document.

Scheduled to be published in early 2014, this QAA/HEA ESD Guidance Document will assist staff in higher education with the implementation of ESD in courses and across the curriculum. Focusing on the development of this document, this workshop aims to gain direct feedback, ideas and suggestions from academics and students from across higher education.

The event is not solely for ESD experts and non-ESD practitioners’ contribution to the consultation is strongly encouraged.

Following the welcome and introduction by Anthony McClaran (Chief Executive, QAA), four presentations will set the scene for the afternoon’s consultation process:

  • The student demand for ESD: Dom Anderson (Vice-President Society and Citizenship, National Union of Students)
  • The role of ESD in the Higher Education sector: Simon Kemp (Academic Lead ESD, HEA)
  • Guide to Quality and ESD in Higher Education: Professor Daniella Tilbury (Director of Sustainability, University of Gloucestershire)
  • ESD guidance document consultation process: Professor James Longhurst (Assistant Vice-Chancellor Environment and Sustainability, University of the West of England & Chair of the QAA/HEA Working Group)

The day’s core session, Guidance document consultation working groups, will be led by members of the guidance document working group.

Feedback from groups and closing remarks will be given by Dr Laura Bellingham (Assistant Director Research Development and Partnerships, QAA) and Simon Kemp.

More….

Event webpage (including the online booking form)

ESD page on the HEA website

ESD page on the QAA 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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