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:

Call for Papers: Symposium “Universities and Climate Change: the Role of Higher Education Institutions in Addressing the Mitigation and Adaptation Challenges” Manchester, United Kingdom, 1st -2nd September 2016

Dear Colleagues,


Many universities across the world perform state- of-the art research on matters related to climate change, both in respect of

mitigation, and adaptation. Yet, as shown by the latest 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention on Climate Change
(COP 21), held in Paris in December 2015, there is much room for improvements in the role played by universities in the negotiations and in influencing decision-making on a matter of such a global importance.

There are unfortunately relatively few events where a multidisciplinary overview of university-based research efforts and projects on climate change can be show cased, and where researchers from across the spectrum of the natural and social sciences have had the opportunity to come together to discuss research methods, the results of
empirical research or exchange ideas about on-going and future research initiatives focusing on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

It is against this background that the Symposium “Universities and Climate Change: the Role of  Higher Education Institutions in Addressing the Mitigation and Adaptation Challenges
is being organised  by Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and HAW Hamburg, Germany, under the auspices of the  International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP).
It will be held in Manchester, United Kingdom, on 1st -2nd September 2016.

The Symposium will involve researchers in the field of climate change in the widest sense, not only
from traditional climate science, but also from the fields of environment, human geography, business and economics, arts, administration and media studies.

The Symposium will focus on the role of higher education institutions in addressing the
mitigation and adaptation challenges and will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field.  All papers will be peer-reviewed and the accepted ones will
be published in the “Handbook of Climate Change Research at Universities: addressing the mitigation and adaptation challenges”. This will be a unique, state-of-the-art publication, which will document and promote the research on climate change taking place at universities across the world. The publication will be  part of the award-winning
“Climate Change Management Sustainability Series” (launched in 2008), published
by Springer, one of the world´s top five scientific publishers.

Selected papers presented at the event, will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, which is a fully indexed journal. The call for papers can be seen
Please note that no ad hoc submissions are possible. Only papers presented at the event and discussed,
may be considered.

If you are working and/or publishing on climate change, this is an event not to be missed.Further details can be seen at:

Walter Leal


Blog post contributed by Prof. Walter Leal

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




Trading Theory for Practice

Last term, we filmed Gavin Brown from the Business School doing one of his Economics lectures. In these lectures, Gavin introduces various theories for stocks and shares prices and movements. However, keen that his students don’t just get a good book knowledge of his subject, he has introduced a way of applying their theory in practice. Here, Gavin expands on some of the points he discusses in his Good practice film, focusing particularly on ethics and research. Continue reading

CELT and TIPL Writing Space

Are you researching and writing about higher education research or pedagogy?
CELT and TIPL (the centre for Technology, Innovation and Play for Learning in the Faculty of Education: are jointly hosting a ‘writing space’ on the 3rd Thursday of every month, to which you are very welcome.

The next such event is as follows:

Thursday 20th November
13.00 – 17.00
All Saints Building, Room 105 (opposite the CELT offices)

If you need to dedicate a few hours to writing out of the office, or want to talk to colleagues about current writing projects or challenges, you are very welcome.

Subsequent writing space events for your diary are:

18 December
15 January
19 February
19 March
16 April
21 May
18 June
16 July

Venues for these subsequent events are yet to be confirmed.

For more information contact Charles Neame in CELT ( or Nicola Whitton in ESRI (

This post was contributed by Charles Neame.

Professoriate Lecture from Prof. C. Philip Wheater

Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Science and Engineering

50 Shades of Green: The benefits and challenges of managing urban greenspace
Most urban dwellers look favourably on the greenspace that lies close to their homes or places of work, few realise the richness of the wildlife that can be supported by such environments. Nor do many of us understand the different benefits, pressures, opportunities and challenges that are involved in designing, maintaining and enhancing such spaces. This talk presents a wide ranging tour of the different types of space and considers conflicts and resolutions to these issues with reference to work carried out by researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University. The topics covered will include benefits (including on the public’s health and wellbeing) of urban habitats, urban ecology, problems in urban open spaces, and the management of urban wildlife and habitats.

Phil Wheater is the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and a Pro-Vice Chancellor at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has been teaching, researching and writing about wildlife and urban ecology for over 30 years, including textbooks on urban habitats and invertebrate animals, reports on site management, and articles on human / environmental interactions. Phil has worked on many different aspects of urban management from wildlife ecology, through habitat management, to personal security and public health issues. He has worked with a wide range of organisations associated with urban habitats. These include metropolitan authorities (such as Manchester City Council and the Corporation of London), national organisations (including Natural England and the National Trust), and managers of a number of urban fringe areas including sites of special scientific interest and national nature reserves.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014
from 18:00 to 20:00

This is a general talk, aimed at a wide audience, and no prior knowledge is assumed!
A drinks reception will follow the talk. Tickets are limited so be sure to book your space thorugh the link below: