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New QAA/Advance HE Education for Sustainable Development Guidance for Higher Education published

Tue 18th May 2021 - Schools and early learning & childcare settings

The new Education for Sustainable Development Guidance for Higher Education providers, jointly published by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Advance HE, has been launched!  This Guidance  is intended to help staff in UK higher education institutions to incorporate Education for Sustainable Development within their curricula.

The guidance comes at a time of increased urgency to tackle the climate crisis and its interconnected sustainable development needs. As the UK prepares to host the COP26 UN Climate Conference later this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it acknowledges that the higher education sector has a key role in helping address sustainable development issues.

QAA and Advance HE brought together an Advisory Group representing academic, business and student communities, with the aim of supporting all students to acquire the skills necessary to develop values and take actions to transition society towards a sustainable future. Learning for Sustainability Scotland’s Chair, Rehema White University of St Andrews  and Director, Pete Higgins, University of Edinburgh   both contributed to the development of this guidance as members of the Group. LfS Scotlland and EAUC Scotland members contributed to the consultation on the draft version. This published Guidance provides a framework to support curriculum design and practical guidance on approaches to teaching, learning and assessment

Read the Executive Summary and get access to the full Guidance here.