Learning Innovation for Tomorrow is the University’s professional support programme to bring transformative, futures-oriented learning into the curriculum, co-curriculum and education support.

LIFT offers funding, tools and guidance for new curriculum and learning initiatives from academic or professional staff. It is led by the Sustainability Team, with support from the Academic Development Unit and RCE Severn, the University’s partnership platform in Education for Sustainability.

LIFT introductory film


LIFT Showcase 2017

LIFT Principles

LIFT is grounded in principles associated with Education for Sustainability, to support new innovations in learning that will help our graduates become more than specialists trained in one discipline, but to think and act in a broader professional and societal context.

The underpinning pedagogical principles of LIFT and the projects it funds are:

  • Futures thinking
  • Systems thinking
  • Critically reflective practice
  • Decolonised learning
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Learner empowerment

LIFT projects are required to include an element of co-creation in their design, actively involving students in shaping the project focus and goals. They also deliver on underlying enhancement goals such as innovative assessment and feedback, e-learning, research-teaching transfer and employability.

LIFT Funding

LIFT is now open for 17-18 projects bids – see FAQs above. Closing date 12 noon 18th September 2017. To find out more or discuss ideas, contact: Dr Alex Ryan, Director of Sustainability

2016-17 projects


This student-led project explores the history and identity of Cheltenham’s Lower High Street community, using an Education for Sustainability pedagogy to bring transformative and practice-based learning into the student experience and increase the community impact of their research using futures thinking.


This project develops the work of the School of Sport and Exercise to adopt an Education for Sustainability focus by working at two levels: introducing an activity geared to employability development at module level and engaging in wider staff development to extend EfS principles and approaches in Sports subject areas.


This project supports an international partnership development for the School that develops the strong foundations established for Education for Sustainability in the teaching of Restorative Justice. It seeks to strengthen academic partnerships in EfS and RJ with Ulster University and Humber College in Toronto, Canada, both of whom share UoG’s focus on community impact through teaching and research.