To build the necessary capacity for embedding sustainability and ethics considerations in our teaching and learning, we have adopted Responsible Futures (RF); a whole-institution change programme and accreditation mark designed by the National Union of Students. The creation of a collaborative Working Group that reports progress on a termly basis to the University Education Committee is one of the Kingston Education Strategy 2015-20 objectives.
A number of academics champion Education for Sustainable Development by embedding sustainability principles and topics in their teaching and learning activities. Some examples follow below:
There are a number of sustainability courses at Kingston University as well as sustainability-related courses that include sustainability in their learning outcomes. Some examples follow below:
Hosted by the University's Sustainability Hub, Whole Earth? is based on the premise that the future belongs to today's young people and that students and universities everywhere have a major role in making society much more sustainable.
"The Whole Earth? exhibition is a fabulous vehicle to engage students with the key issues which challenge our interconnected world. It's thought provoking messages encourage students to debate their rights and responsibilities in this globalized world and inspires them to consider their capacity to find workable solutions", Annie Hughes Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.
The Whole Earth? exhibition was set up outside the Learning Resources Centre at the Kingston Hill Campus from October 2015 to March 2016. From September 2016, the exhibition is going to be set up outside the Learning Resources Centre at Penhryn Road Campus.
The Test is a tool for the various initiatives on sustainability lead by Higher Education Institution to assess and verify the sustainability literacy of their students when they graduate. It assesses the minimum level knowledge in economic, social and environmental responsibility for higher education students, applicable all over the world, in any kind of Higher Education Institution (HEI), in any country, studying any kind of tertiary-level course (Bachelors, Masters, MBAs, PhD).The Sustainability Hub is member of the UK Steering Group for the test together with a number of other UK HEIs. The Sustainability Hub collects feedback from KU staff and students with an aim to improve the test and push forward the ESD agenda nationally and internationally.