Leicester scores top marks in University League for Education for Sustainability

Posted by sll33 at Nov 14, 2017 01:05 PM |

The 10th annual People & Planet University League published today reveals how a decade of student pressure on campus has transformed the sustainable development of Higher Education in the UK.

Leicester has scored well once again achieving a 2.1. We dropped slightly from last year as the weighting changed a little and as other Universities have also stepped up their sustainability game. However, we are still 7th in our competitor group of 30.

The Guardian, that publishes the results, noted that, “this year marks a step change in one area: education. The most noticeable rise is the number of universities taking education for sustainable development seriously and embedding it in the curriculum. All but 24 of the 154 universities in the table are doing at least something to prepare students for the environmental challenges they will face.”

Leicester scored 100% for ESD this year, a testament to the great work that has been done by the ESD Working Group delivering extra-curricular sustainability-related opportunities and the Curriculum Transformation Project working to embed ESD within the curriculum.

Some of the areas like Carbon Management and Environmental Policy, scored low because they were not approved and published in time for the late spring deadline but will score much higher next year. Other areas require more consideration and are being addressed under the forthcoming Social Impact Strategy.

GGA 2017

Meanwhile, the University has been shortlisted for two Green Gown awards in the categories of Continuous improvement, for our huge progress in sustainability over the years and for Sustainability Champion, as Dr Sarah Gretton (recent winner of the HEA Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)) for her work promoting ESD at Leicester.

Read the 2016/17 Annual Sustainability Report.

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