Education for sustainability demands new thinking. It challenges us to engage across traditional discipline boundaries; it requires a reassessment of societal values, new pedagogies and new models of learning.
In order to achieve this, the Hub aims to work with others to:
- enhance existing courses and develop new multi-disciplinary courses that address the urgent priorities society faces in a changing world.
- energise multidisciplinary discussion and curriculum development at all levels from Foundation and Undergraduate to Postgraduate degrees; embracing all Faculties engaging with professional practice and re-skilling.
- ensure our students become Sustainability literate graduates ready to become leaders of their generation.
Sustainability ideas, concepts, awareness and understanding are introduced to all Kingston students through:
- the university’s estates and facilities management
- the activities of the Sustainability Team
- volunteering opportunities, work placements and work shadowing
- open lectures and ‘town -gown’ debates from guest speakers
- exchange opportunities with partner universities abroad
- research-and-consultancy-informed teaching
- pedagogic change to enable new structures for Education for Sustainable Development across the University
We are committed to monitoring the embedding of sustainability across the University curricula. The Steering Group for Sustainability commissioned a Curriculum audit in 2003 "Kingston University: Sustainability in the Curriculum". The audit was an indicative survey of 60 academics from across KU and gave a snap shot of staff sustainability understanding, staff knowledge of key sustainability relevant international treaties and staff understanding of KU sustainability initiatives at that time. Staff wishes for sustainability at Kingston University and perceived barriers to progressing sustainability in the curriculum were also explored. To view the full report click here
We are currently working on a new method of monitoring the coverage of sustainability in modules across KU so that we will be able to collect this information annually.
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"... the people who will succeed 15 years from now, the countries which will succeed, are those which are most based on a sustainable vision of the world. That is what we should be training people to do."
Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP (Secretary of State for Education and Skills) 2003
"Universities educate most of the people who develop and manage society's institutions. For this reason, universities bear profound responsibilities to increase the awareness, knowledge, technologies and tools to create an environmentally sustainable future."
The Tailloires Declaration (Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future) 1992