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ESD / Learning for Sustainability and Enterprise

Student-led projects at Bristol & Edinburgh


Partnership & Engagement

  • ESD in Bristol

  • Environmental operations since the 1990’s

  • Academics part of operational Steering Group on environmental issues

  • Greening the machine, but what about output?

  • Open Unit of Sustainable Development

  • Informal work with student societies


Partnership & Engagement

  • ESD in Bristol

  • Limited progress

  • Green Academy via HEA

  • Space to think

  • What emerged was the Five Ring Model

  • Strong Academic / Estates / Student approach

  • It took a year before we got going.

  • Capacity - Student interns were the key…


Partnership & Engagement

Activities at Bristol

  • Mapping tools

  • Baseline review

  • Strategy

  • Staff and student training

  • Individual support

  • Network

  • Guides and online tutorials

  • Monitoring process

  • Academic Network

  • Social media

  • Subject specific online resources



Partnership & Engagement

  • Benefits

  • Open doors

  • Student led

  • Low cost

  • Bottom up

  • Existing systems and processes

  • Challenges

  • Limited self reflection

  • Gate keepers

  • Continuation

  • Language

  • Monitoring


Partnership & Engagement

The ESD story continues…

  • National engagement

  • Student support and development

  • Internal innovation


Partnership & Engagement

wiki esdbristol


Student-led initiatives at Edinburgh

"... all undergraduates ... should be exposed to teaching about the wider and more fundamental issues of society's relationship to the environment, including complex social, economic and ethical questions ..." Educational Policy Committee, 1990

www.alastairmcintosh.com/articles/1991-Edinburgh-Uni-Env-Edn-for-Adaptation.pdf


The Edinburgh Manifesto

Autonomous University Edinburgh1… formed in 2011 and led to the … Learning for Change Manifesto2

“We wish Education for Sustainable Development to be at the very core of Learning and Teaching at the University, of the University’s relations with and responsibilities towards the community, both locally and globally, and of the running of the University itself.” March 2012

1https://www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghfreeschool

2www.oured.ed.ac.uk/2012/03/students-vision-edinburgh-manifesto/


Learning for Change internship

  • In summer 2012 UG student Olga Bloemen internship with the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) analysed SRS curriculum elements meeting criteria outlined in the Edinburgh Manifesto

  • Over 500 courses met the criteria – 24% of total UoE courses offered 

  • 72% of programmes offered aspects of Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

  • www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/learning-teaching/staff/advice/courses/topics/sustainability


Current UoE Attributes:

Edgy Attributes

  • This led to Graduate Attributes that support character development, social and emotional intelligence and commitment to sustainability:

  • Systems thinking

  • Future orientation

  • Creativity

  • Ethical thinking

  • Self-reflection

  • www.docs.hss.ed.ac.uk/iad/Learning_teaching/Academic_teaching/Resources/Sustainability/Graduate_Attributes_for_Global_Citizenship.pdf

  • Empathy

  • Academic responsibility

  • Bridge-building

  • Change-making

  • Risk benefit analysis & risk-taking


Student-led initiatives at Edinburgh

  • Ethical Investment Policy – 2003

  • www.seag.estates.ed.ac.uk/docs/open/Paper10-ReviewofSRIPolicy-Appendix

  • Fairtrade University – 2004

  • www.ed.ac.uk/about/sustainability/fairtrade/fair-trade-university

  • Transition Edinburgh University – 2009

  • www.ed.ac.uk/about/sustainability/what-we-do/community/transition-edinburgh-uni

  • EUSA’s Teaching Awards – 2009

  • www.ed.ac.uk/news/staff/teaching-awards-180310

  • Edinburgh Sustainability Awards – 2010

  • www.ed.ac.uk/about/sustainability/what-we-do/awards

  • First registered UK Student Co-operative – 2013

  • www.shrubcoop.org/what-we-do/+ https://www.facebook.com/EdinburghCoops


Edinburgh’s 20,068 + 12,780 students

The University in the City


Case study: Collaboration sorts problem

Sandra Kinnear

Sustainability Coordinator

Accommodation Services

Ben Miller + lots more from People & Planet Society & Transition Edinburgh Uni



  • Student-led co-op cuts waste, shares skills & promotes sustainability

  • Swap or buy second-hand place to learn how to give things a new life

  • Space for activities promoting student & community well-being

  • Reduce waste: students, alumni and local community re-use & repair

  • http://prezi.com/en_xvzr_zk0r/copy-of-swap-reuse-hub-shrub/


A shop premises on two floors
A shop premises on two floors

  • Redistribute discarded items and challenge “consumption & disposal”

  • Support EdExchange used text book sales vs buying new ones

  • Wee Spoke bike repair workshop each week

  • Work experience: a co-operative business, run by and for members

  • Roles like volunteer coordinator, accountant, director, admin, website.


Recognition: Awards and plaudits

  • Edinburgh Sustainability Award in 2012

  • Young Scot Environment Award in 2014 www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLKuswRh30c

  • Listed in Co-operative Education Trust Scotland’s Student’s Guide to starting a co-operative

  • Member, Students For CooperationA federal body supporting UK’s emerging student co-operative movement in the UKwww.theguardian.com/social-enterprise-network/2014/mar/26/co-ops-uk-growth



Partnership & Engagement

  • ‘Aha’ moments from

  • ESD / Learning for Sustainability & Enterprise:

  • Student-led projects at Bristol & Edinburgh

  • Interns can map / explore ESD curriculum offerings

  • Promoting inter-disciplinary & collaborative learning

  • Action Learning complements the taught curriculum

  • Enterprise is for co-operation not just for profit

  • Students are a major force for change in HE

  • Go seek out & support your student innovators


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