You are warmly invited to attend the next Education for Sustainable Development meeting on 

18th May 2.30 to 4.30pm Simon Building (University of Manchester) Room 5.05

All interested staff & students welcome to attend


The RoundView

The RoundView is an ongoing research project and initiative led by Dr. Joanne Tippett at the University of Manchester. The subject of this work is the knowledge, skills, and behaviours that are needed in order to create sustainable solutions and development, locally and globally. Simple, accessible models of sustainability and of the systemic changes that can lead us in that direction have been developed together with hands-on tools and resources for teaching and training them. This workshop will introduce the RoundView framework and also discuss how it has been used to promote critical thinking and exploration in a range of teaching settings – from post-graduate to primary school settings.

key component of the RoundView framework is a clear and powerful model of how ecosystems and ecological cycles work to provide our ‘Global Life Support System’. This can be viewed as our ‘Big Heritage’ – the heritage of our species, globally, which forms the essential context for our society, culture and economy. This workshop will also discuss current work with the Great Manchester Wetlands Project to trial the RoundView as a means for motivating a wide range of community members and stakeholders to get involved in regenerating the post-industrial landscape between Manchester and Wigan.





Education for Sustainable Development- joint meeting- Manchester Met and University of Manchester

The Sustainability in the Curriculum Community of Practice


Manchester Met Education Sustainable Development Steering Group


warmly invites you to the next meeting on

carbon literacy

Wednesday, 20th April from 2pm to 4pm in University Place (UoM), Room 6.206


Dr Chris Stone (MMU) and Lucy Millard (UoM) will discuss current and prospective activities relating to the Carbon Literacy Project: .


Chris Stone will present an overview and evaluation assessment of an innovative ‘carbon literacy’ (CL) education and training programme delivered to undergraduate students studying MMU postgraduate degree programmes in 2014-15.  Lucy Millard will talk about initial plans for a carbon literacy accreditation scheme for staff at the UoM.


As is usual in these meetings there will be opportunities for discussion around the theme.


The Sustainability in the Curriculum Community aims to help share understandings and teaching ideas around sustainability education among interested staff and to inspire staff to critically and creatively engage with ways of integrating sustainability (social as well as environmental) into the curriculum.


If you would like to share your ideas/give a presentation/suggest a focus for a meeting we would love to hear from you.  The community meets on a Wednesday every month during semester time.



Please contact Valeria Vargas if you would like further information:

ESD meeting next week

Next week our ESD meeting with colleagues from Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Manchester, will take place at the Geoffrey Manton Building Room GM233 2-4pm on Wednesday 16 March. You are very welcome to join us.

The session will be led by Jane Mörk, Senior Research Assistant- Carbon Literacy, School of Science & the Environment.

Please find below an outline of the session:

Keywords: Carbon Literacy, Climate change, extracurricular vs curricular, transferable skills, employability

 The Carbon Literacy project is a world’s first unique training programme that stems from Manchester’s Climate change action plan– Manchester a Certain Future (MACF). According to MACF, everyone that lives works and studies in Manchester should have access to one days’ worth of Carbon Literacy training.

Carbon Literacy is defined as:

“An awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities

and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions on an individual,

community and organisational basis.”

 The aim of this workshop is to share Manchester Met’s experience of delivering Carbon Literacy to students. The workshop will start off with a presentation that covers:

  • Background to the Carbon Literacy Project.
  • Background to Manchester Met’s involvement with the Carbon Literacy Project.
  • Manchester Met’s new Carbon Literacy scheme: Carbon Literacy for Students (CL4Ss) and Carbon Literacy facilitator programme.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion covering topics such as:

How can a University support the Carbon Literacy Project?

Should Carbon Literacy be embedded in the curriculum or should it be delivered through extracurricular activities?


Related links: The Carbon Literacy Project- website  – Carbon Literacy in a single side




Symposium on Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the UK

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The last slots are available for presentations at the “Symposium on Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom” , organised by Manchester Metropolitan University, in cooperation with a number of institutions of higher education active in this field, from across the country. It will be held on 5-6 April 2016 and will involve researchers in the field of sustainable development in the widest sense, from business and economics, to arts and fashion, administration, environment, languages and media studies.
The aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences on sustainable development
research in the UK today. To this purpose, a peer-reviewed book titled “Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom” will be published, with all accepted papers. This will be part of the award-winning “World Sustainability Series”, published by Springer, one of the world´s top five scientific publishers.
Further details and a flyer can be seen at:

If you are involved with sustainability research, then this is the right place to present, discuss, document and disseminate your work.

Also, the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2016), to be held at MIT, USA in
September received nearly 700 abstracts, and about 180 have been accepted. This promises to be an exciting event and
details can be seen at:

These events and publishing opportunities are part of the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme IUSDRP
TWITTER: @iusdrp

Post contributed by Prof. Walter Leal
School of Science and the Environment
Faculty of Science and Engineering

Internationalising the Curriculum? Global Citizenship? Education for Sustainable Development?

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During the Global Citizens project in 2013, we asked staff and students about how global citizenship was embedded into theircurricula. We found that there were many examples but that staff did not always recognise these as such. For example, in some health programmes, staff felt that they teach many of the aspects that might be thought of as being about global citizenship but thatthese were often couched in terms of access to education or access to healthcare in the UK.

One of the outcomes of the project is a staff development unit, Global Citizens Global Learners, which aims to surface and develop curricular examples, and to discuss our own identities and experience around the concepts of global citizenship,internationalising the curriculum, ESD and other related concepts
and their appearance and emphasis in our own academic disciplines.

The first session is on 5th May, and staff are welcome to attend any or all of the four sessions in May. More information and to sign up:

CELT also offer a bespoke workshops for staff development around Internationalising the Curriculum. For more information or to contribute an example to the HEA project currently in train, please contact Alicia Prowse

Post contributed by Alicia Prowse, Principal Lecturer in CELT.

The potential of the Human Capabilities for strategy development in the Higher Education Curriculum

CELT have won a Society for Research into
Higher Education (SRHE) Scoping Award 2014
of £5000 to explore the potential of the Human Capabilities
Approach (HCA) for strategy development in the Higher
Education curriculum.

The project aims to explore the potential of the Human
Capabilities Approach in integrating concepts of Education for
Sustainable Development (ESD), Global Citizenship Education
(GCE) and Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IC) into UK
Higher Education. To this end, publicly available university
mission statements and literature investigating the applicability of
Human Capabilities for university strategy development will be
systematically reviewed.

Alicia Prowse is leading this research project working with the
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Co-ordinator,
Valeria Vargas.

Gold Eco Campus Award Success

EcoCampus Gold

In March MMU gained Eco Campus Gold, Environmental Management System (EMS) in the HE and FE sector.

The auditees for this process from CELT were Alicia Prowse and Valeria Vargas both working on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and other related agendas.
The auditor suggested that ESD is an area where the University is ahead of the game certainly when compared to other Universities visited by him in the Eco Campus programme.

By the end of the year, MMU through two policy areas “Estates and Operations” and “Teaching and Research” will be audited for Eco Campus Platinum/ISO 14001, the final phase of the international EMS award.

ManMet article: