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Preparing the Ground: Getting Started with Education for Sustainable Development in Your Institution

Tue 15th February 2022 - News

Following COP26, there has been increased momentum around education for sustainable development (ESD) in universities and colleges.

On 20th January 2022, our well-attended EAUC Scotland/ Learning for Sustainability Scotland ESD Topic Support Network aimed to harness that in the first of three ‘COP26 Legacy’ events, Preparing the Ground: Getting Started with ESD in Your Institution

This online event highlighted reasons for embedding sustainability across curricula, explored the 2021 QAA/Advance HE Guidance for ESD , shared examples from three Scottish institutions and supported attendees to workshop an exemplar ESD activity and practice curriculum mapping. 

The recording of the event, available here: is aimed at teaching staff and senior leaders with a role in curriculum design but may also be of interest to other university and college staff and students. 

This video includes: 

  • An account of motivations for ESD at Heriott Watt University (9.18)
  • A focus on QAA and Advance HE guidance around beginning ESD (42.30)
  • A case study of how an online sustainable development degree began at the University of Highlands and Islands (58.52)
  • A case study of Glasgow School of Arts ‘First year experience’ modules (1.12.54)
  • A case study of embedding ESD in the institutions strategy for learning at Glasgow Caledonian University (1.25.05)
  • Workshop walkthrough of ‘the coffee cup game’ (1.37.45)
  • Individual quick curriculum mapping workshop (1.42.06)

Minutes from the session, individual presentations and resources highlighted in the session can also be downloaded.