We are on a journey to embed climate change across our education framework, with the aim of equipping our graduates with the knowledge, confidence, and skills to conserve and protect our planet, through learning, research and action projects.
Our approach to embedding has three distinct elements:
- supporting students in understanding the basics of the climate emergency, mitigation and adaptation approaches, and through this considering the impact of their personal choices and behaviours through our Climate Literacy programme.
- embedding relevant climate content in our courses through our Citizenship and Sustainability principle. We are currently exploring how we can best support staff with embedding, options include design review, staff training, sharing of best practice and the development of a resource hub.
- Developing new programmes specifically focussed on sustainability and climate change. In particular, we have a new MSc Zero Carbon Futures in development which is expected to welcome its first cohort of students in 2023. Other programmes in this space are anticipated.
The SU and Climate Action team have embarked on the SOS-UK supported initiative, Responsible Futures.
This is a structured framework of criteria to encourage action on embedding sustainability, inclusive of climate justice, into formal and informal learning. It maps out the organisational innovation and enhancement required, spanning top down, middle out and bottom-up level change, to achieve whole institution engagement with sustainability learning.