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Sustainability Elective Students taking part in a Community Litter pick as part of Go Green Week.

The Worcester education for sustainable development model follows a number of strands and has been developed following the Higher Education Academy Green Academy program where the University of Worcester was one of the first Universities to follow the change programme.  Read the evaluation report here

A curriculum audit was undertaken in 2010 and again in 2013. The results indicate that 34% of all modules for 2013/14 academic year are related to sustainability a 42% improvement comparing with 2010. Read the full report here. A further audit will take place after September 2017 when new curriculum is adopted.

This year research was audited for sustainability in a collaborative research  project with Kingston University and led by students. 

Projects to further enhance embedding sustainability in the taught curriculum include Learning for Sustainable Futures program.  Now in its forth year this scheme is a joint initiative between The Education Quality Unit and the Sustainability department, first developed at the University of Gloucestershire and has nearly 20 awards of around £3,000 to individuals or small teams for collaborative projects working across the organisation and the community to connect sustainability thinking and practice. Students are co-creators on all projects, an example student presentation can be viewed here.  An Institute of Sport and Exercise Science project gets local recognition. Student Katie Amey presented at Beyond Boundaries learning and teaching conference 2017 .   

University was delighted to be an inaugural National Union of Students Responsible Futures gain the accreditation mark which demonstrates real action on education for sustainable development.  The Responsible Futures group  works to further develop the University and Students' Union whole institution approach to sustainability and social responsibility, read the 2017-2018 action plan here

Institute of Education colleagues work with the sustainability department to help develop skills for sustainability in their students and school children across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, in an award winning annual conference, Skills for Tomorrow  Global and local businesses, share and develop their sustainability skills whilst working with school and university students on citizenship 

As one of the country’s major providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce, the University of Worcester is working to include the UN Sustainable Development Goals SDG s in the practice of our trainee educators and this year held its first Institute of Education workshop on the Global Goals

With University of Michigan we have undertaken a project to use data from both universities to cross reference metrics to determine similarities and identify some common reporting themes. In addition the students began to map the university metrics across the SDGs. The pilot allowed students from both sides of the Atlantic to join a discussion around the metrics, reporting and data itself and ultimately get a sense of what universities, are doing to contribute positively to sustainability and the SDGs.

To support the teaching, research and community the University has developed a unique website www.susthingsout.com whose strap line is change today protect tomorrow and links curriculum, campus and community.

Our targets for this year are:

  • Retain Responsible Futures accreditation, and increase score from 234 to 250 at next re-accreditation.

How are we going to achieve these targets?

  • Review third  tranche of  Learning for Sustainable Futures projects July 2017
  • Regularly report on progress at both Sustainability Committee and Learning Teaching and Student Experience Committee
  • Monitor evaluate and disseminate the impact of susthingsout.com and Wordpress VLE for the sustainability electives by July 2017

Download our full current qualitative and quantitative targets and progress against targets from Carbon Management & Targets page