Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Fwd: The Higher Education Academy's Education for Sustainable Development e-Bulletin

 - 2nd May 2012

The Higher Education Academy's Education for Sustainable Development e-Bulletin

 - 2nd May 2012


HEFCE Project Conference: Quality Assurance, Enhancement and ESD: Creating a Framework for Dialogue 

Monday 2nd July 2012, Aston University, UK

This national conference seeks to create a framework for dialogue, between those involved in ESD seeking to develop more strategic enhancement approaches, and those working in quality assurance and enhancement to bring contemporary educational agendas into those systems. This is a new area of educational practice and it creates a unique dialogue between two worlds that rarely coincide.

Please join us in July for this innovative event, which aims to raise the stakes in discussion of contemporary innovation in academic strategies and quality frameworks.

The conference is informed by an LGM HEFCE-funded project: Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement which began in October 2010 and is due to complete in September 2012. The project was forged in recognition of the need for strategic work to scale up efforts on education for sustainable development (ESD) through the quality assurance and enhancement systems of HE.

The conference will bring together findings and insights emerging from the project, drawing on the experiences of the pilot institutions as well as the dialogue and perspectives emerging with sector stakeholders. The event will involve keynote speakers, plenary discussions and interactive workshops, including perspective-taking from students and a range of HE stakeholders. Anthony McClaran, CEO of the Quality Assurance Agency and Chair of the project's Expert Advisory Board, will provide the headline presentation.


Environment, Sustainability and Education

Function – Form – Future

Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July 2012, Marwell Wildlife Conference Centre 

This conference, arranged by the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES) in association with the Higher Education Academy (HEA), will explore the issues of if, why, how and when education provides what we need to know regarding our environment and our understanding of the broader issues of working and living sustainably. The main focus will be on higher education, but placed within a more general context via perspectives from the wider environment sector (e.g. employers and professional bodies), along with pre-university educators. The intention is to take an open and pragmatic and view of the needs for education for environment and sustainability, with opportunities for delegates to participate through discussions, workshops and plenary sessions.

Specifically, the conference will address:

Function        What are seen as the motivations for education in environment and sustainability?

Form              How do we best ensure that students have the necessary skills and attributes?

Future            What challenges lay ahead and how might we meet them?

Contributors at the conference will include: undergraduate students, recent graduates, educators from non-university institutions, universities, environmental professional bodies, the Higher Education Academy, and the broader environment sector. The conference will be take place at the Marwell Wildlife conference centre and run from lunchtime on the 5th July to lunchtime on the 6th. The conference meal will be held at Wickham Vineyard, preceded by a tour of the vineyard and wine tasting.

The cost will be either £250 per residential delegate (all events, accommodation, all refreshments, lunches and conference dinner) or £135 for delegates not requiring accommodation. An "early bird" discount of 20% is available to delegates registering for the conference on or before Friday 11th of May.

Please contact the CHES office if you are interested in attending:

CHES Information Officer
c/o The Institution of Environmental Sciences
34 Grosvenor Gardens
London SW1W 0DH

phone: 020 7730 5516

2nd Annual National Greening the FE & HE Sectors Conference and Exhibition: Promoting Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability

Wednesday 30th May 2012, The Brewery, London. EC1Y 4SD

The Government has announced its top priority as growth, reinforcing its 'Greenest ever Government' commitment, and pledging to focus on sustainable growth that is both balanced and shared.  Key to reaffirming the requirement for sustainable growth was the realisation of the important role education plays in recovery. In November 2010, The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published the 'Skills for Sustainable Growth' Strategy Document, which demonstrated that skills are vital to our future, and that improving skills is essential to building stronger communities.

In light of the Sustainable Growth Agenda, the Further and Higher Education Sectors have been placed in the unique position of playing a leading role in the development of change, embedding sustainability within the heart of education and implementing the sustainable skills required for the transition to a low carbon economy.

Greening the FE & HE Sectors: Promoting Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability will examine the direction in which Further and Higher Education Institutions must proceed in order to provide state of the art facilities that not only reduce environmental impacts but deliver the requirements of sustainable economic growth.

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Planet Under Pressure

Planet Under Pressure 2012 was the largest gathering of global change scientists leading up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) with a total of 3,018 delegates at the conference venue and over 3,500 that attended virtually via live webstreaming. The Plenary sessions and the Daily Planet news show continue to draw audiences world wide as they are available On Demand.

An additional number of organisations, including 150 Science and Technology Centres worldwide streamed the plenary sessions live at Planet Under Pressure-related events reaching an additional 12,000 viewers.

If you have any content you would like to include in either the weekly bulletin or bi-monthly newsletter, please email me at:  Also, please get in touch to discuss existing ESD work, ideas for projects, request for contacts, or anything else in the rich and varied work of ESD in HE.


Best wishes,


Simon Kemp

Academic Lead, Education for Sustainable Development

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