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TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE UNIVERSITY: A CASE STUDY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BRISTOL

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SDP180681

Volume

217

Pages

13

Page Range

807 - 819

Published

2018

Size

331 kb

Author(s)

JAMES W.S. LONGHURST, GEORGINA K. GOUGH

Abstract

The paper will explore the progress of the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol’s in embedding sustainable development into the whole institution mission. The university is committed to ensuring that all its students, irrespective of their programme of study, are introduced to the ideas of sustainable development during their undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme. The university recognises that a typical graduate will have some 50–60 years of life post-graduation in which the pro sustainability knowledge, skills and attributes developed at university can play out positively in both their professional and private lives. Hence, UWE considers it a key part of its mission to provide an opportunity for all students to consider sustainability within their degree programme. In the most recent year of analysis the university has confirmed that each UG and PG taught programme within the portfolio provides this opportunity for disciplinary consideration of sustainability. The University’s award-winning Sustainability Plan sets out our policy commitments and strategy to support sustainable development and describes their implementation these into the business of the University both in our educational role and in the management of our estate. Progress with the aims of the Plan are reported publicly and enhancement actions are identified and prioritised by the use of an accredited environmental management system, certified to the international standard BS: EN ISO14001, covering the entirety of the institution’s endeavours. In 2016 the university became the first in the UK to have its Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) work accredited under the full NUS Responsible Futures certification scheme. This paper provides a range of examples to illustrate the university’s commitment to ensuring that current and future student are able to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that will enable them to be responsible 21st century citizens contributing to the development of a sustainable future.

Keywords

sustainable development, UWE Bristol, students, higher education, education for sustainable development