"At Kingston University (KU), sustainability and ethics are at the core of our teaching and learning, our research and our enterprise activities."
Kingston's Led By Learning strategy (KU, 2012) states that at the heart of what we do are: "learning, enquiry and practice; enriching lives; and respect for individuals, communities and our environment." Led by Learning promises that "we will act ethically to minimize our impact on the environment; we will include issues relating to sustainability and ethics in the curriculum" (clause 3.2); and "we will demonstrate the economic, social, cultural impact of our research and how it benefits individuals, the community and the environment." (Clause 2.6)
To meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 (UN, 2015), we need to create "professional, creative, proactive, thoughtful, resilient and globally aware" graduates. Employers with significant environmental, economic and social impact such as the Big Four accounting firms seek employees with the skills to address today's sustainability challenges. KPMG (2015) recognizes that business leaders across the world must respond to environmental and social changes: from population growth, urbanization and expanding wealth to resource scarcity, declining ecosystems and climate change. Creating these leaders of change is a central aspiration of our teaching, learning, research and enterprise at Kingston University.
The Sustainability Hub is part of the Vice Chancellor's Advisory and Support Directorate (VCASD). We use our strategic position to embed sustainability and ethics in teaching, learning, research and enterprise across the institution.
At the Sustainability Hub, Education for Sustainable Development is an approach to education that is relevant for any course and any career path. ESD is critical in providing a high-quality higher education experience. At the Sustainability Hub, we: