Leicester students becoming socially responsible global citizens!

In support of the SOS-UK SDG Teach In, we are proud to showcase our sustainability intra-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for our students.
98% of 2019/20-entry undergraduate courses have teaching aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

At the University of Leicester, we recognise the importance of including current sustainability issues in our teaching and preparing our students to go out into the world and make a difference. In the recent NUS Sustainability Skills survey, 81% of Leicester respondents believed that the university should actively incorporate and promote sustainable development as part of courses. As one of the first universities to sign the SDG Accord and to map our academic contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are proud that 98% of our undergraduate courses for 2019/20 entrants have teaching aligned to the UN SDGs.

SDG grid

Developed by the NUS, the SOS-UK (Students Organising for Sustainability) is an educational charity that aims to get more students leading on and learning about sustainability. They run an annual campaign called SDG Teach In, which aims to put the SDGs at the heart of education. This year, the SDG Teach In runs from 17th to 21st February and encourages academics to use the SDGs within their teaching.

In support of the SDG Teach In, many of our academics are teaching their students about the SDGs throughout their courses. The ESD Working Group has worked with academics and academic support staff to identify what sustainability-related teaching is currently going on and help to provide opportunities to embed the SDGs further into the curriculum.

Case Study: Natural Sciences First Year Students

As part of the module, NT1007 Science, Society and Sustainability, first year Natural Sciences students explore our role in the environment and the different aspects of sustainable development, including economic and political aspects of sustainability, energy, climate change and security of food supply. This module has teaching aligning to Goal 4, Goal 7, Goal 8, Goal 9, Goal 10, Goal 11, Goal 12, Goal 13, Goal 14 and Goal 15. In the SDG Teach In week, the students will be learning about climate change, climate justice and the Anthropocene (the new human-influenced geological age), which relates to Goal 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and Goal 13 (Climate Action).

Along with inter-curricular activities, we also run extra-curricular activities so students have the opportunity to learn about all SDGs, no matter what degree they do, including the Sustainable Futures free, short online course. 72% of Leicester respondents wanted us to run sustainable development extra-curricular activities with the Students’ Union (NUS Sustainability Skills Survey, 2018). Following on from this, we run the Student Sustainability Project Group, in collaboration with the Students’ Union, so students can have their voices heard about sustainability at the University as well as fund several extra-curricular ‘SEED’ student projects each year. If you have an idea, we will help make it a reality.

To find out more about the SDGs at Leicester and in the curriculum, please visit the University’s SDG webpages.

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