From: Lorna Shrubb [Lorna.Shrubb@HEACADEMY.AC.UK]
Received: Monday, 07 Apr 2014, 13:01
To: HEA-ESD-NEWS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK [HEA-ESD-NEWS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK]
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.