UWE Bristol first to receive the NUS Responsible Futures Accreditation

Issue date: 02 June 2016


The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has become the first UK University to receive the NUS Responsible Futures Accreditation under the full scheme.

This accreditation recognises the partnership working by the Students' Union at UWE Bristol and the University to promote and embed education for sustainable development (ESD) in its curricula, to help students to understand the sustainability challenge facing society and preparing them to contribute to the green and low-carbon economy.

Across all categories of the Responsible Futures criteria, UWE Bristol and the Students' Union have demonstrated partnership working of a high order, commitment and meaningful action in making education for sustainable development a part of every UWE Bristol student's higher education experience.

This accreditation represents external recognition of the difficulty and impact of the work being undertaken to help every UWE Bristol student become a globally responsible and future-facing graduate.

Dr Georgina Gough, who led the University accreditation work, said, “Our ESD work has again been verified as meeting the highest standards. This accreditation represents the work of staff right across UWE and we look forward to continuing to enhance opportunities for students to engage with real world issues and communities as part of their time at the University.”

Gem Heywood (VP Societies and Communications) and Rachel Colley (Community Manager), from the Students' Union at UWE Bristol, said, “Receiving this accreditation is the result of strong and effective partnership working between the SU and the University. This close working relationship has enabled us to not only significantly progress the ESD agenda, but also to develop relevant and exciting extra-curricular opportunities for students to expand their knowledge, develop their skills and 'be the change' in their community. We are extremely proud of all our students and their projects.”

Professor Jim Longhurst, Assistant Vice Chancellor, said “ I am delighted that our partnership approach to ESD has been recognised in this accreditation.“

Quinn Runkle, NUS Responsible Futures Lead, said “It was a great delight to audit the partnership at UWE and see its extensive accomplishments within Responsible Futures. As the first institution to complete the programme following its pilot year, the SU and University have together demonstrated leadership within the sector.”

Piers Telemacque, NUS VP Society and Citizenship said “Massive congratulations to UWE Bristol and the Students' Union at the University on this significant achievement! Thank you for your dedication to creating a learning environment in which students develop the skills, knowledge, and attributes to be agents of change.”

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