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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Education for Sustainability in Higher Education Conference:  Achievements and Prospects – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS  

Thursday 8th January 2015, Plymouth University 

Hosted by PedRIO and the Centre for Sustainable Futures

This coming January sees the end of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the ten-year anniversary of HEFCE’s influential policy document Sustainable Development in Higher Education, and marks ten years since the Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF) was established here at Plymouth University, with the ambitious goal to embed sustainability across university policy and practice, particularly in teaching and learning. This conference will bring together, showcase, and celebrate achievements in sustainability-related teaching and learning, Continuing Professional Development (CPD), pedagogic research, resource development, hybrid learning space design, and whole institutional change. Abstracts for research papers and posters (500 words maximum) are welcome on the following themes:

  • ESD Pedagogy: Criticality, Creativity and Collaboration
  • Innovative Learning Spaces for sustainability education 
  • Towards the Sustainable University 

For more information and to submit an online abstract click here.

Adam Fisher
Manager of PedRIO  
Room 116, 3 Endsleigh Place,
Plymouth University,
Devon PL4 8AA
Tel: 01752 588943


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG) Workshop | Sustainable Living: myths, meanings and realities [feedly]

Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG) Workshop | Sustainable Living: myths, meanings and realities
// News & Info: Sustainable University

The Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG) will host a workshop on ‘Sustainable Living: myths, meanings and realities’ in London on 3 June 2014.


Building on over a decade of research, the event aims to synthesise the lessons from the group’s work on developing new understandings of the processes which lead to changes in people’s lifestyles, behaviours and practices. It also intends to offer evidence-based advice to policy-makers hoping to build and nurture more sustainable ways of living.


This stimulating and challenging one-day event is structured under four themes:

Exploring transitionCommunity and resilienceBarriers to changeSynthesis


The speakers include:

Dr Kate Burningham | Senior Lecturer in Sociology of the Environment, University of SurreyIan Christie | Research Coordinator, SLRGDr Helga Dittmar (invited guest speaker) | Reader in Psychology, University of SussexProfessor Tim Jackson | Director, SLRG and author of Prosperity without Growth: economics for a finite planetProfessor Andy Stirling | Professor of Science and Technology Policy, University of SussexProfessor Bas Verplanken | Professor of Social Psychology, University of Bath


Featuring plenary presentations from the SLRG team and panel discussions with invited experts, the day will offer participants the opportunity of gaining an in-depth understanding of key findings of SLRG research and a lively debate about the challenges ahead.


The SLRG aims to develop understandings of the processes which lead to changes in people’s lifestyles, behaviours and practices and also to offer evidence-based advice to policy-makers about realistic strategies to encourage more sustainable lifestyles. Moreover, it strives for building capacity for research in sustainable lifestyles amongst academics, young researchers, practitioners, and user communities.


The group’s research portfolio comprises around a dozen projects within four main research clusters:

Community | Sustainable Living in Remote Rural Scotland, Resilience and Sustainable Lifestyles, Civil society in sustainability transitions of food systemsEconomy | Mapping rebound effects from sustainable behaviours, Price Responsiveness of DemandChange processes | The HABIT project, Exploring Lifestyle Change in Transition (ELiCiT), Children and the EnvironmentSynthesis | Directions of Policy Dialogue, Foundations for Sustainable Living


The SLRG research programme is coordinated from the University of Surrey (Centre for Environmental Strategy) under the direction of Professor Tim Jackson with Ian Christie as the Research Coordinator. Its partners include the University of Bath, Edinburgh University, the University of Sussex, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Brunel University and it also works closely with non-academic partners including Peterborough City Council, the RSA and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


The group receives core funding from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Scottish Government and additional funding for individual projects from the European Commission and the ESRC.


Image adapted from the website of the SLRG





Event page


Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG)


Centre for Environmental Strategy | @CES_Surrey


PASSAGE | Prosperity and Sustainability in the Green Economy | @ProfTimJackson


The Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN) | @PSI_SDRN



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Monday, 7 April 2014

FW: HEA Green Academy workshop and seminar series 2013-14 – places still available

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From: Lorna Shrubb [Lorna.Shrubb@HEACADEMY.AC.UK]
Received: Monday, 07 Apr 2014, 13:01
Subject: HEA Green Academy workshop and seminar series 2013-14 – places still available

There is no charge to attend these events, but a place must be reserved using the online booking facilities. More details and to book.


Green academies: whole institution approaches to embedding education for sustainable development in the curriculum
12 May 2014, Bristol University

The workshop is designed for people interested in developing whole institutional approaches to ESD in the curriculum– or embedded ESD more broadly than at present within their institution. The focus is a critical exploration of aspects of the work of Green Academy institutions and the lessons we can learn from them, in particular the role of students as agents of change, and the role of whole institution approaches.


Grass root and green shoots: a green academy inspired ESF initiative
16 May 2014, Canterbury Christ Church University, Blake Hall College, London

This workshop focuses on an innovative approach to sustainability and environmental responsibility developed at Canterbury Christ Church University known as the 'Futures Initiative' (FI). Delegates will be introduced to some of the different initiatives which have been introduced across the university, the philosophy behind them and some of the challenges which have emerged in their implementation. These examples will provide delegates with the chance to reflect on how a bottom-up or grass-roots approach to embedding sustainability might work within their own institutions. Through feedback and interaction through the day, the Canterbury team will also be given a unique opportunity to reflect on their own progress.


Sustainability culture by a thousand cuts: an integrated whole institution approach to greening your academy
21 May 2014, Keele University

This workshop will explore an approach to embedding sustainability into the culture of a University utilising multiple 'entry points' to make sustainability part of every aspect of an institution's operations. This workshop with a difference, will take a hands on approach to exploring sustainability at Keele University. We will spend the morning out and about exploring sustainability education in practice and student sustainability projects across the Keele campus. In the afternoon we will be based at Keele Sustainability Hub for sessions around: sustainability leadership, vision and resourcing; formal curriculum strategies; ESD case studies from a range of disciplines; and the role of the Student's Union and Curriculum Development Team in leading informal and co-curricular sustainability education initiatives.


The Worcester sustainability model now and the future: maintaining momentum from the green academy
28 May 2014, University of Worcester

This workshop will share some of the methods adopted by the University of Worcester (UW) as a prompt for discussion, particularly focussing on development of a cross-institution multi-disciplinary Sustainability Elective Module which has been adopted. The workshop will bring together academics and students from a range of disciplines to discuss:

-          the Worcester Sustainability Elective – ideas and reflections;

-          good practice from the range of disciplines in attendance;

-          examples of good practice in supporting students' development/ employability;

-          to demonstrate the University Sustainability Elective public-facing website which will be used as a portal to maintain dialogue following the symposium;

-          institutional support funds for sustainability.


INSPIRE, the green academy initiative and the sustainability skills survey – 2 years on
23 June 2014, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The focus of the event will be to provide an insight into the work of embedding embed sustainability throughout all aspects of UW:TSD's delivery over the past two years. Through the university's participation in the Green Academy programme, it has developed a systemic approach to embedding sustainability throughout its curriculum and in all of its practice starting from first principles. The work identified opportunities for new curricula and research and engaged staff on what it means to have sustainability as a core value and strategic priority. Importantly, this project helped engender greater enthusiasm and support for the agenda.


The seminar will provide an overview of this work and highlight how it is helping wider organisations develop the in depth knowledge they need to take forward the sustainability agenda. The seminar will also provide an opportunity for university staff to highlight how they have taken sustainability forward within their roles.


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Saturday, 5 October 2013

HEFCE Project Legacy

Dear Colleagues


re: HEFCE Leadership, Governance and Management project: Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability


We would like to share news with you regarding outcomes from the HEFCE LGM-funded UK project on ESD and Quality, which completed in autumn 2012.


At its final meeting, the project’s Expert Advisory Board recommended that the project legacy should be developed through: i) an inter-agency event to promote greater sector-wide collaboration on ESD; ii) contributions as appropriate to QAA’s work to develop guidance and frameworks for ESD; and iii) strategic dissemination of project insights both in the UK and internationally.


In response to this, the following activities have taken place:


  1. QAA’s national guidance on ESD: members of the project team were invited to join the working group convened by QAA and HEA to develop national guidance for teaching staff on ESD - and to present insights from the HEFCE LGM project as part of the external consultation event for this guidance, which takes place on 5th November in Birmingham.


  1. HEA Conference and UK Teaching and Learning Forums: we hosted a discussion panel at the annual HEA Conference in July, themed around students participation in shaping the curriculum and featuring the HEFCE project work alongside the influential NUS and HEA research findings over the past 3 years into student demand for ESD. This was well attended and most importantly had strong contributions from excellent student panellists: Dom Anderson from the NUS and Mike Williamson from sparqs (Student Participation in Quality Scotland). Project partners have also presented at conferences held by the QAA, Association for Learning and Development in HE, Society for Research into HE, Leadership Foundation for HE, Royal Geographical Society and EAUC.


  1. International Discussions: We had opportunities to bring the project issues to a wider international audience at the World Environmental Education Conference in Marrakech in June, where we organised a roundtable session to debate issues around ESD and quality with perspectives from Greece (with Prof Michael Scoullos) and Spain (with Prof Javier Benayas del Alamo) and a range of contributors from different regions – with lively discussion and plenty of opportunity to share materials and ideas. In addition, Mr Anthony McClaran, CEO of the UK QAA, presented the project at the international quality assurance agencies conference (INQAAHE) in Taiwan this year. The level of international interest in this strategic ESD agenda at both events was notable and the project features in a forthcoming UNU publication on the transformation of HE towards sustainable development linked to the Rio+20 Treaty on HE.


4.       New Publication on ESD and Quality: the project team was invited to contribute to a special issue of the Curriculum Journal, titled Education for Sustainable Development as the DESD Approaches 2014: What Have We Achieved and Ways Forward? This article is now published and can be viewed at: The citation is: Ryan, A & Tilbury, D (2013) “Uncharted waters: voyages for Education for Sustainable Development in the higher education curriculum”, Curriculum Journal Volume 24, Issue 2


The HEFCE project has been part of an increasing and encouraging momentum around ESD in the HE sector in the last few years, with interest growing among all key sector agencies. We look forward to the outcomes of the QAA consultation and other key initiatives such as the NUS Green Fund projects, in helping to raise the stakes in this important area of work.



With best wishes,


Alex and Daniella


On behalf of the HEFCE LGM project team partners:

John Blewitt

Martin Haigh

Harriet Sjerps-Jones

Pauline Ridley

Marie Harder



Professor Daniella Tilbury

Director of Sustainability


Dr Alex Ryan

Associate Director of Sustainability (Academic)


DH204 Dunholme Villa, Park Campus

University of Gloucestershire GL50 2RH

Telephone: 01242 715416 or 01242 577976 (UK)


The future of quality Higher Education includes the Sustainability imperative:


Latest Publication:

Ryan, A & Tilbury, D (2013) “Uncharted waters: voyages for Education for Sustainable Development in the higher education curriculum”

Curriculum Journal, Volume 24, Issue 2:


Online Resource:

Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in HE:




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HEA seminars

ESD seminars

Influence, Implement, Engage. The triple imperative for ESD in HE
29 November 2013, University of the West of England
Enterprise and Sustainability: future thinking in curricular approaches
9 January 2014, University of Bristol
New to ESD?: Integrating Education for Sustainable Development in Teaching and the Student Experience
22 January 2014, Keele University
The Campus as a Living Laboratory - Exploring place-based approaches to ESD
12 February 2014, Cardiff University
Integrating ‘Sustainability’ within Degree Programmes: Towards a Student Handbook
28 February 2014, University of East Anglia
Food4Thought: A whole university approach to embedding ESD
12 March 2014, Nottingham Trent University
Embedding education for sustainability in a creative and multi-disciplinary context
25 March 2014, Bath Spa University