Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) equips learners across all disciplines with the knowledge, skills, attributes and values required to pursue sustainable visions of the future. Using active pedagogies learners are supported in addressing complex or ‘wicked problems’ and identifying how they can contribute to solutions that address environmental integrity, social justice and economic prosperity
If we as educators are serious about preparing our students for the future, we must embrace ESD and ensure that every graduate has not only the knowledge and skills but also the attributes that will enable them at least to cope and ideally thrive in the face of the multiple challenges they will face across their life course in the 21st century.”
Professor James Longhurst, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability,University of the West of England Bristol
Education for Sustainable Development Guidance
Jointly published by QAA and Advance HE, this guidance provides a framework and guidance to help staff in UK higher education institutions incorporate Education for Sustainable Development within their curricula. It has been produced by an expert group drawn from across the sector, with the aim of supporting students from any discipline to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to develop values and take actions to transition society towards sustainable futures.
The higher education sector has a pivotal role and responsibility in protecting the planet, through their research, their estates, their ways of working and their position in global networks. However, the behaviour of their graduates, how they live, learn and work throughout their lifetimes will have a persistent impact on the environmental and social challenges the world is facing. The competencies - the skills, attributes and values - graduates develop through their studies can help them contribute to a more sustainable future, transforming their thinking so that they have a positive impact throughout their lives.”
Dr Catherine (Kay) Hack (PFHEA), Principal Adviser (Learning and Teaching), Advance HE
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Advance HE can help you to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement and deliver solutions-based change with a review of the success of any initiatives against KPIs and global frameworks.