UWE day on Education for Sustainable Development in Practice

Issue date: 05 July 2012

UWE staff gained practical insight and inspiration for bringing sustainable development into learning and teaching with a day on Education for Sustainable Development held on June 29th. Attendees were introduced to the principles and issues of bringing sustainable development into teaching across a range of subject areas.

Professor Jim Longhurst, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, introduced the day with UWE's commitment to exposing students to concepts of sustainable development and the extensive resources available via the 'Knowledge Exchange for Sustainability Education' Sharepoint site to support this. UWE is already very successful in this aim with around 75% of undergraduates believing that they have had some sustainable development education.

Professor Lindsey McEwen introduced issues of Interdisciplinary Learning in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) from her research into student experiences across a range of taught postgraduate courses at different institutions.

Anthony Plumridge and Dr. Andrew Mearman of the Bristol Business School recounted their journey to bring sustainability into a range of programmes in the Business School. Starting with a single module on environmental economics in 2007, sustainable development is now embedded into a range of modules with defined learning outcomes.

Alistair Oldham from the Department of Creative Industries then brought in another perspective by recounting how, through the use of his own examples of documentary film making on issues of sustainability, he infused sustainability into his teaching of documentary film and encouraged sustainable thinking in his students.

After a locally sourced lunch, workshop sessions explored different approaches to integrating sustainable development into teaching.

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