This year, we will be streaming the conference around Collaborations for Change, Global Goals for Tomorrow's Education, Today
Wednesday 20th June
Workshop Sessions: 11:15 - 12:15
Campus Workshop 1: We swiped right and made a great Travel Plan!
Dawn Dewar - University of East Anglia. Meleiha Youngs - Liftshare.com. David Jordan - First Eastern Counties Buses
The University of East Anglia’s highly successful Travel Plan is entering its 16th year and UEA concludes its success can, in part, be attributed to the many positive collaborations with key partners over the years. UEA believes business relationships mirror personal relationships; pick the wrong partner and you could suffer both financial, and emotional consequences. Fail to nurture your relationships and they will fail. UEA with its partners will lead a session in which delegates explore what makes successful, mutually beneficial relationships to support Travel Planning and hear how UEA’s and its partners have worked together to achieve success.
Campus Workshop 2: Are Sustainable buildings meeting what they are promising?
Dr. Sharon George - Keele University. Dr. Jun Caw - Keele University
With vast growing approaches to building designs, the reflection on the desire for buildings to cope with the carbon reduction strategies of the United Kingdom is ongoing. The labels given to buildings, e.g., Smart or Intelligent, Green or Sustainable, are assigned based on the design concept and calculations, rather than the actual operation which governs them. These types of buildings usually incorporate different systems, that are not otherwise featured in conventional buildings. However, there are multiple concerns here: Are these buildings operating as intended? Are they achieving the design concept targets? Are they meeting the estimated payback period? And most importantly are they providing adequate comfort levels for their occupants?
As a practical case study in answering such questions, an ongoing examination of the Sustainability Hub at Keele University is presented. This is a renovated building that is an exemplar of smart and sustainable design. Here, we analyse this type of build project, and reflect upon the different problems that can be encountered in realising intended efficiency and operation. Specifically, we will analyse three factors: the growing performance gap; experiences of occupants; and the reliability of systems. We aim to highlight the major problems of such buildings and suggest learning outcomes from our experiences and findings.
Campus Workshop 3: Navigating the SDGs: Mapping your Journey
Hannah Sellers - University of Leicester. Dr Sandra Lee - University of Leicester. Ben Evans - University of Leicester
This workshop is to open up a discussion about institutional-level mapping of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This will be a collaborative learning experience through participation from the delegates and an open discussion to share each other’s experiences and learnings of mapping and reporting SDGs within their institution.
Campus Workshop 4: Turning Student Waste into Treasure
Karen O’Donoghue - British Heart Foundation. Amy Healey - British Heart Foundation
Hear how the BHF have been working with 97 Universities UK wide with their free Pack for Good campaign at the end of the academic year. Pack for Good will reduce your waste costs each year, increase your environmental credentials, engage your staff and students in re-use for good causes and in turn support the BHF in your City. A proven award winning model that works and delivers real results year on year, with added value delivered completely free by the charity.
Campus Workshop 5: Points mean prizes – engaging the many in sustainability actions
Dr Neil Smith - Bournemouth University. Liz Harris - University of Winchester. Eloise Nickerson - Bournemouth University
BU and the University of Winchester have rolled out a sustainability staff engagement platform (Green Rewards/JUMP) to engage the many and not just the usual ‘green’ suspects. This session will present the experiences of working in partnership with a third party provider to implement a ‘mass’ staff engagement platform that rewards staff - including those hard-to-reach academics - for positive sustainability and wellbeing actions. The workshop will provide an opportunity for delegates to share their staff engagement stories – what worked and more importantly what didn’t work. Delegates will gain practical and affordable ideas to try in their institutions.
Campus Workshop 6: Degrees of Change: Making carbon saving everyone’s responsibility
Joanna Marshall-Cook - University College London. Richard Jackson - University College London. Ben Stubbs - University College London
UCL’s sustainability team have used a £1.2 billion investment programme to embed carbon saving in organisational processes, approvals and contracts, making carbon saving a core requirement and not a ‘nice to have’. The session will explain how UCL have implemented rigorous governance and effective relationship building to shift attitudes across the institution, with engineers, maintenance staff, lab managers and architects all considering carbon in their day to day activities and suggesting new initiatives to reduce energy and resources. The session will also demonstrate UCL’s unique carbon appraisal tool for identifying the best energy saving solutions for projects.
Academic Workshop A(1): This Changes Everything - Discussing Climate Change via music and Art
Glenn Fosbraey - University of Winchester. Antosh Wojcik, University of Winchester
In early 2016, Splendid Fred Records produced an original album of songs about Climate Change called ‘This Changes Everything'. The finished product, written and performed by students, graduates, and staff from the University, went on to win a Green Gown Award in November 2017. The album was one small step on the way to alerting people of the crucial environmental issues facing us all, and in February 2018 inspired a multi-media art exhibition where a local community, through a shared love of art, stood together to face these issues head-on. This session will tell the story of the album, the exhibition, and how music and art can play a role in the fight against climate change.
Academic Workshop A(2): The Trojan Mouse of Sustainability: Dropping Sustainability into Education
Dr Zoe Robinson - Keele University
At Keele we do not have a single ESD ‘project’ - a Trojan Horse to be wheeled through the walls of the academy. We have Trojan Mice that infiltrate the student and staff experience through multiple mouse holes, leaving droppings behind that have fertilised further sustainability activity. The ‘droppings’ occur at all levels including high level strategy; specific sustainability degree programmes; sustainability elective modules; bespoke workshops for programmes developed in partnership between central teaching support, the ESD team and programme teams; and multiple droppings through the staff development mousehole. This workshop will detail the different approaches and partnerships involved in this holistic approach to whole institution ESD integration.
Academic Workshop A(3): Facilitating Interdisciplinarity for Life-long and Life-wide Learning
Maria Kirrane - University College Cork
University College Cork has made significant efforts to facilitate and support interdisciplinary research and teaching opportunities amongst academic staff. A major output of these endeavors is the University Wide Module in Sustainability, which is open to students, staff and the general public for interest or credit. Piloted in 2016, the module is now in its third year. For the first time in 2018, it is also being streamed to two locations in rural Ireland. This session will explore how sustainability can be advanced through interdisciplinarity, and how this can contribute to breaking down barriers between university and community.
Academic Workshop B(1): Five Ways of Working for Sustainability
Victoria Hands - Kingston University. Radu Cinpoes - Kingston University
The Welsh Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015 (p7) recommends five ways of working to embed sustainability: long-term (balancing short-term needs with ability to also meet long-term needs); integration (impact of and alignment with other institutional objectives); involvement (involving people who reflect the diversity of stakeholders); collaboration (acting with others to meet objectives); prevention (acting to prevent problems occurring or getting worse). The session will share the findings of a literature review identifying best practice and tools which you can adapt to embed the five ways of working in your institution to enhance sustainability delivery.
Academic Workshop B(2): Psycho-sociology for Dummies
John Thorne, Glasgow School of Art
Psycho-sociology is the study of society's reactions to climate change. What lies beneath our disengagement with the crisis of climate change? How do we manage our feelings of anxiety and hopelessness? How can we, as professionals, better engage staff and students to encourage meaningful action on campus, and within the curriculum? For anyone who's ever met a disengaged manager or disinterested student, this is the session for you.
Academic Workshop B(3): 5 WOWs! A Tool for Sustainable Decision Making
Dr Carolyn Hayles - University of Wales TSD. Dr Gwenith Elias - Bangor University. Jenny Lloyd - University of Wales TSD
Collaboration, long-term (planning), integration, involvement and prevention are the Five Ways of Working (WoWs) identified in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. They aim to foster sustainable decision-making, in turn supporting organizations to fulfill the Act’s seven Well-being Goals, which align with the UN SDGs. As a direct result of the Act, the Higher Education Future Generations Group (HEFGG) has made a commitment to inter-institution collaboration across the Welsh HE/FE sector. This HEFGG workshop will explore how the five WoWs can be applied within individual and multi-organization contexts to support sustainable decision-making towards achieving the SDGs.
Workshop Sessions: 14:30 - 15:30
Campus Workshop 7: How to run a multi-agency city wide Go Green Week
Katy Boom - University of Worcester. Selina Fletcher - Coventry University. David Chapman - University of Warwick
Go Green Weeks off campus can be high profile informing residents and visitors to cities how to live and work more sustainably. They bring your research and student activities to a new audience. Learn from two Cities and three Universities how students practiced, developed and enhance their enterprising and entrepreneurial skills. The complexity that underpins sustainability requires effective inter-agency collaboration and networking to succeed. We aimed to develop a shared understanding and route maps for sustainability locally with students at the centre. These collaborations enabled students to be agents of change, to coalesce and galvanise a community and build relationships.
Campus Workshop 8: Aren’t Trees Brilliant? Using Collaboration to Communicate Campus Greenspace Benefits
Dr Anna Gilchrist - The University of Manchester. Julia Durkan - The University of Manchester
Campus greenspace provides staff and students with a range of health and wellbeing benefits, including opportunities for physical exercise, mental relaxation and social interaction. However, campus greenspace is often threatened by development pressure, including the need to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities to attract prospective students. This interactive workshop explores how collaboration can be used to measure and communicate the benefits provided by campus greenspace. Participants will identify opportunities for communicating the health benefits of campus greenspace in their own institutions and explore opportunities for collaboration. Participants can share their own experiences and draw from different techniques used on the University of Manchester campus.
Campus Workshop 9: Governance Guide
University of Edinburgh/EAUC
Campus Workshop 10: Keele’s Smart Energy Living Lab: partnerships between campus and business
Dr Zoe Robinson - Keele University
Keele’s 600+ acre campus with its own energy infrastructure, is a unique and genuine living laboratory for smart, clean energy research and development. Keele has received significant European and Government funding to generate Europe’s largest integrated smart heat and electricity network for the development and testing of smart energy processes, products and governance at the scale of a small town. Working in partnership with businesses is a key part of the project, for delivery, providing the facilities for businesses use to develop and test new products and processes, and helping local business engage with energy issues. This workshop will explore with participants these projects in detail, the challenges and opportunities and their future directions.
Campus Workshop 11: The SDGs in Education: How we are (attempting) to include the SDGs across all programmes and how we are tracking our progress - NUS
Quinn Runkle - University of Winchester. Anthony Courtney - University of Winchester
The University of Winchester has policy committing itself to ensuring all graduates leave with the knowledge and skills needed to tackle the world’s greatest challenges. One mechanism of implementing this has been a large-scale student-led audit of all undergraduate modules to identify where the SDGs are being taught and what methods are being used to teach them.
This session will share with delegates our learnings throughout this process, give an overview of our methodology, what has and has not worked, and how a curriculum audit contributes to our wider work on education for sustainable development.
Campus Workshop 12: The environment strikes back…
Candice Snelling - National Oceanography Centre Southampton. Laura Porter, National Oceanography Centre Southampton. Manuel Torres de Carvalho - Southampton Solent University
An interactive workshop experience which explores how organisations cope with major environmental incidents.
Think of an environmental version of ‘Pandemic’ which will make you think strategically about the impact of the environment on your organisation.
You will be working in small groups to agree a response to an environmental incident. You will need to balance priorities within your group while controlling environmental risk.
You will need to feedback to the main group as your incident escalates and also on lessons learnt at the end of the session.
Be prepared to think differently.
Academic Workshop C: People, Power, Politics and the SDGs: Simulating the UN Global Agreement Process through Classroom Politics and Negotiation by Social Media
Simon Kemp - University of Southampton
This interactive workshop will involve a shortened version of the internationally successful 'Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summit' from the University of Southampton. Delegates will represent selected international 'blocs' and engage in personal and social media negotiation around the 17 SDGs. Through this education game delegates will attempt to reach consensus on which 6 SDGs to support, and crucially which SDGs they are prepared to sacrifice in the name of global political agreement.
Academic Workshop D: Engagement, Co-creation & Collaboration towards Sustainability in Practice: University, Students, and Community
Romas Malevicius - University of Salford. Rebecca Bennett - University of Salford
This session will detail a successful collaborative approach between the University of Salford Business School Business ethics and sustainability module and Estates and Facilities Division to provide work based learning opportunities for students whilst supporting the University to embed the Sustainable Development Goals. The session will emphasise practical students engagement through partnership and involving community into the curriculum. During the session you will have the opportunity to develop your own ideas for collaboration between academic, professional service departments and local community, share and learn from others.
Workshop Sessions: 16:00 - 17:00
Campus Workshop 13: Collaborative and innovative approaches to sustainability in science teaching laboratories
Matthew Bennett - University of East Anglia. Catrin Darsley - University of East Anglia
Does your institution have science teaching laboratories? How does it approach sustainability in these areas? This session will explore the recipe for successful implementation of sustainable practices in teaching laboratories. Focussing on; the key collaborators, embedding sustainability: curricula and technical operation, common challenges and the potentials of success. Delegates will take part in a ‘model for change’ exercise, deconstructing real life student protocols and will assess opportunities for change to create their own toolkit for sustainable design.
Campus Workshop 14: Chew fancy a brew? Winchester’s coffee cup story: from 3 to 33 in 100 cups
Liz Harris - The University of Winchester
The University of Winchester has tackled consumption of single-use disposable cups head on through introduction of a bold new pricing structure at cafes on campus - a 25p surcharge on all hot and cold drinks purchased in a disposable cup – combined with a giveaway of reusable cups, made of recycled chewing gum, to students and staff.
The session will explain how the initiative was implemented and explore the dramatic change in consumer behaviour, which has seen reusable cup use increase more than tenfold and saved over 40,000 disposable cups from being used at the University in a year.
Campus Workshop 15: Futureproof Your Career: how NBS links Sustainability to Employability
Fiona Winfield - Nottingham Trent University. Lina Erlandsson - Nottingham Trent University. Petra Molthan-Hill - Nottingham Trent University
This presentation will introduce the key elements of our award-winning module, which embeds Sustainability with Employability as core in the final year of all NBS undergraduate degrees. Students work collaboratively on a project with a responsible leadership focus, involving external organizations. Individual reflection is also required; with identification of gaps to be filled with appropriate CPD (opportunities include sustainability-related activities and volunteering).
Colleagues from other institutions who want to integrate Sustainability alongside Employability can explore this further in the World Café which will follow a detailed presentation.
Campus Workshop 16: Leadership the ISO way
Dr Neil Smith - Bournemouth University. Professor Simon Kemp - University of Southampton. Candice Snelling - National Oceanography Centre
Leadership and commitment is now at the centre of the new ISO14001:2015 standard. This workshop explores how institutions can use this clause to their advantage in embedding the SDGs in their strategies and how this opens the door to new partnerships. Delegates will be able to discuss what evidence they are gathering to meet this leadership challenge and take away practical ways to apply the learning in their institutions.
Campus Workshop 17: A challenging climate – carbon reduction on a budget
Katherine Middleton - The College of West Anglia. Adam Thompsett - The College of West Anglia
Learn how the College of West Anglia attained a 51% carbon reduction in 2016 since the 2010 baseline, exceeding its 2015 target by achieving a 36% carbon reduction (target 30%). CWA has now set an ambitious target of a 60% carbon reduction by 2020 (over the 2010 baseline).
With a challenging financial climate and diminishing resources, the College has undergone a huge period of change. This session aims to share lessons learned along the way, both good and bad. Delegates will participate in group discussions and take away a suite of learning for their institutions.
Academic Workshop E: Creating a Living Lab for Sustainability
Thom Cooper - University of Leeds. Paul Warwick - University of Plymouth
The EAUC launched its living lab report and model in 2017. Twelve months on a number of institutions are working on projects to develop and embed living labs to collaborate and co-create sustainable solutions through research and teaching. This session will provide delegates with the opportunity to workshop their ideas for living lab projects at their own institutions. Hear from the Living Lab Community of Practice co-conveners as they share their experiences and learning from both the academic and practitioner perspective, before working together to develop plans and overcome hurdles for living labs in your own institutions.
Academic Workshop F: Engagement, co-creation & collaboration towards sustainability in practice: University, students, and community
Rebecca Bennett - University of Salford. Romas Malevicius - University of Salford
This session will detail a successful collaborative approach between the University of Salford Business School Business ethics and sustainability module and Estates and Facilities Division to provide work based learning opportunities for students whilst supporting the University to embed the Sustainable Development Goals.
The session will emphasise practical students engagement through partnership and involving community into the curriculum.
During the session you will have the opportunity to develop your own ideas for collaboration between academic, professional service departments and local community, share and learn from others.
Thursday 21st June
Workshop Sessions: 09:00 - 10:00
Campus Workshop 18: Fairtrade University and Colleges Pilot – pitfalls and possibilities
Harriet Waters - University of Oxford. Jo Williamso - Middlesex University. Jo Kem - NUS. Jo Milis - The Fairtrade Foundation
This session will explore how 12 universities, colleges and students unions have co-developed the new Fairtrade Universities and Colleges Award, will demonstrate what we have learned and discuss how we can develop its potential across the sector.
Campus Workshop 19: Sustainability Leadership Scorecard – How to connect with your senior management
Campus Workshop 20: Accelerating demand for hybrid buses - how universities can support
Victoria Hands - Kingston University. Dan Lupton - Kingston University Service Company Ltd. Chris Rumley - RATP Dev
If your university procures a bus service or can influence local bus service provision, attend this session to understand how you can reduce carbon emissions by c.35%, NOx emissions by c90% and PM10 emissions by c.95% and contribute to improved local air quality. Kingston University tendered for low emission bus services via OJEU and successfully applied for Low Emission Bus Scheme funds. Together with our service operator, RATP Dev London, come and hear about our collaboration and share the lessons we learned in launching our ‘hybrid, clean, quiet’ fleet of 7 low emission buses. You can do it too!
Campus Workshop 21: Partnership for Impact! Ensuring strategic alignment and impact evaluation
Dr Peter Rands - Canterbury Christ Church University. Ellie Martin - Christ Church Students’ Union
Developing a project based approach allows initiatives to include several partners and deliver a variety of outcomes. But partnerships often bring different agendas! So how do you ensure that your project aligns with institutional objectives, supports the delivery of graduate attributes, sets participation at an appropriate level, manages accessibility and risk, establishes the appropriate monitoring and evaluation strategies, and builds replicable case studies. This session starts by briefly describing the key strategic elements of the CCCU journey since 2010, which now form the basis of a new Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation framework. You’ll hear from our Students’ Union partners, and have a chance to use it yourselves.
Campus Workshop 22: Engaging with professional departments
Campus Workshop 23: Gamification of Teaching and Learning Resources for Built Environment Education– Eco Material Trumps
Aled Williams - University College of Estate Management. Dr John Lester Clarke - University College of Estate Management.
The workshop is an innovative and enjoyable way to understand the fundamental principles of the impact of construction materials on the environment using gamification. A short introduction covers behavioural change, climate change, lifecycle considerations and theoretical background to the development of the resource Eco Material Trumps. The workshop then leads into playing the game which requires groups of 5 to 6 players to compare and contrast the most sustainable material for a chosen sustainability feature. The workshop concludes with a feedback and Q & A session on the pedagogical efficacy of the resource and will be given a set to take away.
Academic Workshop G(1): BREEAM to Passivhaus – Policy Change to Deliver Low Carbon Estate Growth
Tom Heel - University of Oxford. Chris Swinburn - CBG Consultants
The University of Oxford has spent four years evaluating the success of delivering BREEAM assessed buildings and looking at alternatives that might better support its emissions and operational cost aspirations. The session will share this journey, taking examples of good and bad practice from our estate and elsewhere and looking in detail at the performance of the University’s first Passivhaus certified building.
The session will be co-presented by a Passivhaus designer and will offer the opportunity for attendees to pose questions form their own current or future projects.
Academic Workshop G(2): Creating Better Buildings – It’s More than Just a Badge!
Dr Sandra Lee - University of Leicester. Dr Emma Fieldhouse - Future We Want. Dr Stephen Ball - Couch Perry Wilkes Partners
This session will explore what makes a more sustainable, resilient or ‘better’ building as well as providing an overview of building standards, techniques and tips. Drawing on the experience of producing the University of Leicester’s first passiv haus building (Dr Stephen Ball, CPWP) and then engaging with staff to secure an A-rated DEC after a year in use (Dr Sandra Lee – UoL) delegates will be encouraged to share the best and worst of their own experiences through a facilitated and interactive session (Dr Emma Fieldhouse, Future We Want). We’ll show you how to navigate building standards and people for better outcomes.
Academic Workshop H(1): The best way to lead? Sustainability leadership successes
Janet Haddock-Fraser - Manchester Metropolitan University. Peter Rands - Canterbury Christ Church University. Stephen Scoffham
Based on interviews with sustainability leaders in UK universities, this session presents a structured means to understand leadership styles, traits and behaviours that catalyse successful delivery of sustainability in the higher education sector. The research presented is based on analysis through the application of a situational leadership model for sustainability (developed by Visser and Courtice, 2011 at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership). It provides an academically robust, yet practically applicable, approach to leadership for sustainability in the sector.
Academic Workshop H(2): How Bike Share can Support Effective Partnerships
Katy Boom - University of Worcester. Critina Pop - Worcester City Council. Matt Smith - University of Worcester
Hear how environmental science and graphic design students helped develop a city wide bike share scheme - Woo Bikes. Students from two modules in different Institutes provided primary research and prototype designs. This curriculum and campus ‘live’ project developed employability skills. Learn from a recent graduate whose curriculum project is now being used by the partners as she interns for the City Council. Also hear about the practicalities of how to expand bike share scheme off campus into the City.
Workshop Sessions: 11:45 - 12:45
Campus Workshop 24: International student air travel fuels Carbon Literacy Living Lab
Rachel Dunk - Manchester Metropolitan University. Jane Mork - Manchester Metropolitan University. Helena Tinker - Manchester Metropolitan University. Valeria Vargas - Manchester Metropolitan University
The importance of internationalisation to universities’ global reputation and financial sustainability is growing. However, increased international student recruitment has significant carbon consequences due to increased air travel. This session explores Manchester Met’s novel institutional response to this challenge.
Come along and find out about our pioneering partnership approach, including the development of an innovative Environmental Educational Fund that supports the delivery of an ambitious ‘Carbon Literacy for Students’ cascade training model. You will also hear directly from our student Carbon Literacy trainers, engage in a Carbon Literacy taster session, and have the opportunity to ask us plenty of questions.
Campus Workshop 25: The Leeds Way: Students Shaping the Future/The Leeds Way – The University of Leeds’ Approach to Sustainability
Kelly Forster - University of Leeds. Josh West - University of Leeds
Knowledge: it’s an integral part of what makes a university tick. We are committed to integrating sustainability into student learning and experience to ensure all our students understand the importance of sustainability, and have the capacity to act sustainably through employability, working with communities and creating a vibrant campus environment. Fundamental to our approach is an integrated Student Development Programme which includes the Leeds Sustainable Curriculum, a University-wide programme of integrating sustainability and learning. In addition to the curriculum we also recruit Student Sustainability Architects and Interns, and run a Sustainability Volunteering Programme, allowing students to build knowledge, skills and experience whilst studying for a degree.
Campus Workshop 26: Embedding sustainability across a total project portfolio
Ben Stubbs - University College London. Richard Jackson - University College London. Joanna Marshall-Cook - University College London
Making the case for investment in sustainable buildings presents a significant challenge in the face of budgetary and teaching pressures. Institutions with a high number and diverse range of facilities must provide clear, value-driven arguments for best practice that is not limited to flagship buildings.
Meeting the rising expectations of staff and students, whilst anticipating regulatory developments, requires serious engagement with decision makers - backed up by robust strategy and assessment frameworks.
Going beyond standard ‘green’ considerations, we will explore the case for whole-campus sustainability with a focus on life cycle value: financial, environmental and – importantly – improving wellbeing.
Campus Workshop 27: Future Business Council - Industry & Institutions Collaborating
Campus Workshop 28: The #SDGTeachIn: how student demand led to over 200 teaching staff including the SDGs in their teaching, learning, and assessment
Quinn Runkle - NUS. Katie Jepson - NUS
67% of students have not heard about the SDGs, but upon hearing of them 61% would like to learn more. How do we meet this student demand?
The #SDGTeachIn in February engaged 200+ teaching staff at 30 institutions, reaching over 11,000 students. This campaign aimed to start a conversation and help students and academics to identify the links between their discipline and the SDGs.
This session will share outcomes of the campaign including what educators did, how students responded, and what lasting effect it might have. Participants will leave with ideas about how to engage educators in the SDGs and have the opportunity to feed into the campaign.
Campus Workshop 29: Does a policy push or the meaningful message get results
Harriet Waters - University of Oxford. Tom Heel - University of Oxford. Rupert Stuart Smith - University of Oxford. Tomas Refslund Poulsen - University of Copenhagen
The session will focus on a comprehensive piece of work carried out by a IARU sustainability fellow based at Oxford University to provide guidance to practitioners looking at the most effective interventions leading to behaviour change to reduce energy consumption. The paper has also been worked on by communication experts to ensure that it is optimised for a practitioner. The report is the first of series of reports, IARU aim to produce to give international guidance on sustainability improvements.
Academic Workshop I(1): A Rounder Sense of Purpose: Educator Competences for Sustainable Development
Paul Vare - University of Gloucestershire. Rick Millican - University of Gloucestershire
The competence of educators has been seen as a bottleneck to providing high quality education for sustainable development (ESD). This international project has distilled and refined existing work in this area and piloted training programmes with teachers and students of education. The session tells the story of the ‘Rounder Sense of Purpose’ competence framework, highlights its novel features, including the peer assessment model, and shares the impact on our students. We invite participants to share their experiences in this area, to make use of the framework and training materials and work together to develop the next generation of sustainability educators.
Academic Workshop I(2): Hamsters in a Wheel? Is Sustainability Education Stuck in a Rut?
Chris Willmore - University of Bristol. Amy Walsh - University of Bristol
This session will review what is happening in UK Universities in relation to sustainability education and ask whether we are busy going round in circles and question where the really groundbreaking work is going on. This session is for people wondering where the next big idea is coming from.
Academic Workshop I(3): Classroom collaborations: exploring multi-sector co-learning at universities for local sustainability
Andrew Reeves - De Montfort University
This session explores the premise that university taught courses can be “opened up” beyond their student cohort to support local action for sustainable development. A Masters level module at De Montfort University in Leicester, “Leading Change for Sustainability”, was re-designed in 2016 to incorporate knowledge exchange with sustainability practitioners. Local community members, including practitioners from businesses, local government and charities, were invited to co-learn in participatory classes alongside students, via timetabled sessions and evening events. Drawing upon two years’ experience of this approach, recommendations are put forward on how it can be employed to enhance student learning and local sustainability.
Workshop Sessions: 13:45 - 14:45
Campus Workshop 30: Win-win: Experiences of delivering ‘living lab’ experiential learning projects
Matthew Lawson - University of Edinburgh. Davy Gray - Edinburgh University Students’ Association. Rachel Drayson - NUS. EAUC
Our campuses offer transformational learning opportunities for students with the chance to gain real-world experience through applying and developing skills. Simultaneously, institutions benefit from problem-solving and improved links between academic and professional staff.
‘European Students, Sustainability Auditing’ is a pioneering European-funded project whereby students learn how universities implement social responsibility by delivering a comprehensive audit. By completing a self-reflective learning process, students are awarded a Level 6 EQF Certificate in Social Responsibility Auditing.
By providing a case study, this session considers the outcomes from experiential learning opportunities providing delegates with space to consider the potential for their campuses
Campus Workshop 31: EAUC SDGs, Mapping and Reporting
Campus Workshop 32: Sustainable City Challenge: A staff engagement success
Jessica Lobo - City, University of London. Eleanor Simes - City, University of London.
The Sustainable City Challenge is a staff engagement programme designed to involve all staff. The Challenge is a competition between departments where staff can earn points by taking part in monthly challenges and completing self-led sustainability projects.
After engaging 780 members of staff (over 40%) in our first full year of delivery, we reviewed the programme focusing on strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. As a result of this we have been implementing improvements during our second year.
In this session we will share our problems, solutions and successes and invite delegates to share their own experiences through our interactive Share Board.
Campus Workshop 33: LEAF (lab efficiency assessment framework) - A new approach to achieving laboratory sustainability
Martin Farley - University College London. Cristina Azevedo - University College London
Laboratories are extremely energy/material intensive, and yet remain one of the more challenging areas to achieve sustainability. To address this, we have developed a new tool at UCL called “LEAF”. LEAF builds on the process initiated by Green Impact providing new criteria and crucially gives benchmark data on how labs perform. Its aim is to be an intuitive, free, visual, and educational way to engage research laboratories. This session will discuss its initial application at UCL, outcomes, and how you could apply this at your institution.
Campus Workshop 34: Circular Economy
Campus Workshop 35: The Genius of Two Wheels
Katy Boom - University of Worcester. James Morvan - University of the West of England. Jack Windle - Love to Ride. Charlotte Bonner - NUS
Cycling is a fun and accessible way to get healthy, save money and have fun. It’s even good for the environment. A cohort of eight universities, with support from Love to Ride, EAUC and NUS have come together to get more people to ride a bike, if only for ten minutes. This session reviews the learnings of the UniCycle pilot which has used state-of-the-art behaviour change theory, GPS and app technology, and peer support to get more students and staff on their bikes and provides participants with top tips to take to their campuses as well as an opportunity to get involved for year two.
Academic Workshop J: Learning & Skills Workshop: International Panel Event
• Sustainable University Network of Thailand, President, Professor Boonchai Stitmannaithum
• China Green University Network, Secretary-General, Professor Hongwei Tan
• Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative, President, Professor Tae Yoon Park
• Campus Sustainability Network in Japan, Executive Director, Professor Takayuki Nakamura
Academic Workshop K: A Practical Application of SDGs within the Curriculum
John Thorne - Glasgow School of Art
In January 2018, Glasgow School of Art applied the SDGs to the annual Cross-School-Project. All 400 1st year students - fine artists, designers & architects - applied the values and aims of the SDGs, using them as a lens to research, and report on, issues across the city. This session will detail the approach, and show how it can be replicated at any institution, within any subject area. SDGs are not just for developing countries - they are for everybody.
Keele’s Student-led Projects: Students’ Union, Students and University Partnerships
Dr Zoe Robinson - Keele University
Keele Students’ Union works in partnership with students and the University to run a large number of sustainability innovations. For example, the SU developed a Sustainability ‘Stripe’ for societies to work towards, and have developed a specific Sustainability Student Representative strand. The SU works closely with the Studen- Led Service ‘Think: Green’, who independently run an organic UK veg-box scheme for all staff and students (set up by Ulrich Pohanka, Highly Commended Green Gown Award Student Sustainability Champion in 2016), regular clothes swaps, Green Move Out environmental film and vegan nights. This workshop will cover the different schemes and processes behind this student-led activity.