NUS Responsible Futures Project
In addition to CELT’s varied offer on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) CPD, the commitment of individuals (see examples in our Good Practice Exhange) and cross-institution groups of staff including the Sustainable and Ethical Enterprise Group (SEEG) and the Sustainability Research Network, has supported MMU’s steady progress on this area.
MMU has also worked in different research activities related to ESD such as the Global Citizens, Global Futures project, and several inter-disciplinary events aimed at staff and students co-hosted by different faculties.
One of the latest initiatives in MMU is the National Union of Students (NUS) Responsible Futures Accreditation.
MMU has been chosen alongside 15 HE and FE institutions in the UK to be a pilot for this whole-institution approach to embed environmental sustainability and social responsibility
■The aim is to develop a desirable, externally assessed accreditation mark , spanning the formal and informal curriculum, applicable to both further and higher education.
■During September and October MMU worked in Partnership with the Students’ Union and the National NUS to shape criteria for the accreditation mark. Over the next months MMU will test the approach and feedback to the NUS.
■The defined criteria will provide a framework from which we can pick and mix commitments, actions and interventions that suit us (we are already doing a lot of good work). Some of the criteria would be mandatory, with all the others optional. Each criterion would be scored and we would need to attain or exceed a threshold score to receive the accreditation mark.
■Towards the end of the academic year, a team of students would be locally recruited and trained by NUS as auditors, with them then auditing all the criteria under the auspices of an NUS member of staff and/or an independent external evaluator. At the end of the auditing week, the auditors would present findings back to MMU and NUS.
■The pilot will run fromSeptember 2014 to July 2015and Valeria Vargas (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the key contact for the project for MMU.