UK HE Agencies Frameworks and Materials

QAA (2014) Education for Sustainable Development: guidance for UK higher education providers, Quality Assurance Agency, UK
National guidelines on EfS linked to its inclusion in the UK Quality Code for Higher Education, which informs audits of curriculum standards and enhancement systems for all UK universities.

HEA Future Fit Framework, Higher Education Academy, UK
Guidance framework and toolkit for developing ESD in the higher education curriculum, created by Professor Stephen Sterling with the UK Higher Education Academy.

National Union of Students and Higher Education Academy
Major annual studies from the NUS and HEA to gauge student views and demand on the integration of sustainability in their higher education experiences and the core business of universities.

Higher Education Academy ESD Resources
The HEA ran its ESD Project to support the DESD and funded curriculum innovation projects across the sector as well as research and institutional initiatives. This weblink has key outputs and publications.

Online Education and Training Resources

UE4SD Online Platform, University Educators for Sustainable Development Project
Best practice resources, identified and created through this unique project across Europe, the first to focus on professional development in EfS. Contains materials, tools, links and project outputs.

Flip Curriculum
Australian Office of Learning and Teaching commissioned resource developed by Professor Geoff Scott, connecting EfS principles into curriculum change for enhanced graduate competences.

Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future
Adaptable multimedia teacher education toolkit from a UNESCO initiative with 100 hours of professional development in teacher education, curriculum change as well as educational materials and policy.

Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education
Web resource from the HEFCE-funded Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability project to advance EfS in curriculum quality agendas, working with the UK Quality Assurance Agency and 5 universities.

Learning and Teaching Sustainability
Australian Government, Australian Learning and Teaching Council and University of Western Sydney – resources on EfS frameworks and principles, teaching tools, and leadership, policy and CPD materials.

Australian Research Institute in Education for Sustainability
Extensive and up-to-date resource portal with videos, project reports, reviews and teaching resources on EfS and on sustainability, across a range of topics, sectors and professional issues.

Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges sponsored toolkit of teaching resources, policy documents and case studies for the learning and skills sector, to support EfS in the tertiary curriculum.

Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability
Sponsored by the US Partnership on Education for Sustainable Development, sharing materials from within and across disciplines on pedagogic, conceptual and professional aspects of sustainability.

Major International EfS publications

UNESCO (2014) Roadmap for Implementing the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, Paris: UNESCO
The GAP identifies whole-of-institutional change as a priority for education, as well as strengthening of capacity building and professional development of all who work as learning facilitators for ESD.

UNECE (2013) Empowering Educators for a sustainable future, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Tools for workshops linked to the UNECE ESD Educator Competences framework, developed and launched in 2011 as part of the UNECE Strategy for ESD.

UNECE (2011) Learning for the Future: Competences in Education for Sustainable Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Framework of competences for use by educators and with learners developed by a pan-European expert group and based on principles of the Delors framework for transformative21st century education.

UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) 2005-2014 embraced initiatives worldwide across formal, informal, community and professional education. As lead agency, UNESCO, holds the DESD portal of resources from events and projects across continents.

Key reports:

  • Report on contexts and structures for ESD across member states – Wals, A. E.J. (2009) Review of Contexts and Structures for Education for Sustainable Development, Paris: UNESCO.
  • Review of processes and learning initiatives in ESD – Tilbury, D. (2011) Education for Sustainable Development: an Expert Review of Processes and Learning, Paris: UNESCO.
  • Evaluation and monitoring report on UN DESD – UNESCO (2014) Shaping the Future we Want: UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) Final Report, Paris: UNESCO.