School of Education and Humanities wins at the International Green Gown Awards

Jul 8, 2021 | Staff

Congratulations to the School of Education and Humanities who were awarded winners in the Next Generation Learning and Skills category (large institute) at the International Green Gown Awards this month for their research project ‘A Rounder Sense of Purpose (RSP).’

The project, which previously won the same category at the UK Green Gown Awards, was led by Paul Vare and Rick Millican.

Dr Paul Vare, Senior Lecturer said:

“The project name is a response to the tendency of education systems to focus on ever-narrower curricula and measures of success. Instead, this project challenges educators to embrace a wider range of concerns – social, economic, environmental and the health and wellbeing of learners. RSP is now in its second phase and has involved nine partner institutes from across Europe, reaching thousands of teachers and is now also being adopted beyond the EU.

Recent developments of the project include linking the RSP competences to the UN SDGs and embedding the competences in accredited learning, including within the BEd programme at the University of Gloucestershire itself.”

The Green Gown Awards celebrate sustainability excellence in Higher Education and are sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Winners of the UK and Ireland awards proceed onto the International Green Gown Awards, which recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by the world’s universities and colleges.

For this year’s international awards there were 51 Finalists from 23 countries, with 13 finalists in this new category for 2021, Next Generation Learning and Skills. The category recognises achievement in the development of academic courses, skills and capabilities relevant to sustainability.

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