With the Student Led Teaching Awards closing in one week (23/03/18), we need YOU to help us recognise University staff who are fab at embedding sustainability in the curriculum.
This year, Outstanding or Innovative Contribution to Sustainability in the Curriculum was added to the awards to thank and celebrate academics who are working hard to promote sustainability across the curriculum. "Sustainability" is not just about the environment - it covers good practice reflecting social, economical, ethical, cultural AND environmental conditions - and therefore is relevant across ALL disciplines (not just the "environmental" ones!). You can place your nominations for the SLTA's here.
NUS research indicates that 8/10 students believe sustainability should be actively incorporated and promoted by their university - and we want to praise the staff who are helping to make this happen.
ESD, or Education for Sustainable Development, is the process of embedding sustainability across the curriculum and aims to equip students - no matter what subject they study - with the skills needed to work and live in a way that safeguards environmental, social and economic wellbeing, both in the present and for future generations.
To see how ESD is/could be in your curriculum and how it's relevant to all, check out this NUS resource.
Students really do have the power to create real change; for example, after student lobbying at Manchester University, the Economics curriculum was altered to make it more relevant in post economic crash times.
Log any times you see good ESD practice being implemented in your lectures here. Once the evidence has been collected, a report can be taken to lecturers/the University to discuss ways to improve sustainability in every course. If you are a course rep, complete the ESD training modules, or think about asking your lecturers about whether what you are discussing has different consequences for groups of people from different cultural, economic, or social backgrounds, or for the environment. Sometimes it's as easy as starting a conversation!
Thank you - and don't forget to vote!
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