Education for Sustainable Development

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a vision of education which gives the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to empower every human being to assume the responsibility of creating a sustainable future.

We believe that the development of sustainable development curricula, innovative learning and teaching practices are essential components in the discovery of solutions to global challenges and a necessary reform for preparing our students as members of a global community. In the 2019/20 NUS Skills Survey, 81% of our students said that they want sustainable development to be incorporated into courses.

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We are now committed to providing that level of education. Under the new 2016-2020 teaching and learning strategy we will actively incorporate and promote sustainability throughout the curriculum for all of our subjects. Our aim is for all students to have the opportunity to study at least one module that engages with at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have also developed a new online course which examines the concepts behind sustainable development. It is open to staff, students and members of the public.

We also want our graduates to be prepared for an increasingly competitive job market where employers are interested in the role sustainability plays in effective business and organisation. These employers want graduates who not only support current sustainability practices but will lead the way with future initiatives and this fits in with our Leicester Graduate profile.

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Key contacts

University Leadership Team representative for ESD - Professor Graham Wynn

ESD Academic Lead - Dr Sarah Gretton

Academic Engagement Officer - Hannah Sellers

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