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).

The suite of Sustainable University websites: Sustainable University One-stop Shop, News and Information, Research, Good Practice, Quotes and Facts, Blog and Micro-blog (Twitter)

CONFERENCE: Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue

A national conference Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue was held on 2 July 2012 at Aston University, UK. Anthony McClaran, CEO of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), delivered the keynote address ‘ESD and the quality landscape – policy, practice, priorities.’

 

A panel discussion on ‘ESD and quality – pathways and perspectives’ was followed by three parallel workshops on Leadership and change, Capacity building and CPD and National guidance on ESD. The programme also included an ESD and Quality Chat Show on student engagement and graduate profiles.

The conference was informed by Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement, a project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This two-year project, scheduled to end in September 2012, is a result of the recognition of the need for strategic work to scale up efforts on ESD through the quality assurance and enhancement systems of higher education. Led by the University of Gloucestershire, the project operates through an institutional arm (a consortium of five universities comprising Gloucestershire, Aston, Brighton, Exeter and Oxford Brookes) and a sector arm (working with QAA, Higher Education Academy and an Expert Advisory Board chaired by QAA).

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

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The suite of Sustainable University websites: Sustainable University One-stop Shop, News and Information, Publications, Good Practice, Quotes and Facts, and Micro-blog (Twitter)

Greenwich tops UK People & Planet Green League 2012

The University of Greenwich topped The People & Planet Green League 2012. The rest of the top five places went to Plymouth, Brighton, Gloucestershire and Nottingham Trent (last year’s winner).

Among the biggest forward leaps are those of the University of Surrey (67 places, from joint 114th in 2011 to 47th in 2012), Cardiff University (55 places, from joint 130th to 75th), the University of the West of England (UWE) (26 places, from joint 37th to joint 11th) and the University of Brighton (18 places, from 21st to 3rd).

The top 25 green universities are as follows:

1 University of Greenwich

2 University of Plymouth

3 University of Brighton

4 University of Gloucestershire

5 Nottingham Trent University

6 University of Central Lancashire

7 Bournemouth University

8 Bath Spa University

8 University of Bradford

10        Manchester Metropolitan University

11        Aston University

11        University of East Anglia

11        University of The West of England, Bristol

11        University of Worcester

15        Oxford Brookes University

16        De Montfort University

16        University of Portsmouth

16        University of East London

19        Bangor University

19        Sheffield Hallam University

21        University of Huddersfield

21        Liverpool John Moores University

21        Cardiff Metropolitan University

24        University of Exeter

25        University of Derby

More… (Full list of Green League 2012 on The Guardian website)

More… (More detailed full list of Green League 2012 on People & Planet website)

More… (About the winner, the University of Greenwich)

More… (About the biggest rises and falls)

More… (How points are scored for the rankings)

The suite of Sustainable University websites: Sustainable University One-stop Shop, News and Information, Publications, Good Practice, Quotes and Facts, and Micro-blog (Twitter)

CONFERENCE: Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue

A national conference, titled ‘Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue,’ will be held on 2 July 2012 at Aston University, UK. Anthony McClaran, CEO of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), will provide the headline presentation at this event, which will involve keynote speakers, plenary discussions and interactive workshops.

The conference is informed by Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement, a project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This two-year project, scheduled to end in September 2012, is a result of the recognition of the need for strategic work to scale up efforts on ESD through the quality assurance and enhancement systems of higher education. Led by the University of Gloucestershire, the project operates through an institutional arm (a consortium of five universities comprising Gloucestershire, Aston, Brighton, Exeter and Oxford Brookes) and a sector arm (working with QAA, Higher Education Academy and an Expert Advisory Board chaired by QAA). The conference will bring together findings and insights emerging from the project.

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The suite of Sustainable University websites: Sustainable University One-stop Shop, News and Information, Publications, Good Practice, Quotes and Facts, and Micro-blog (Twitter)