Students increasingly tell us they want to be equipped to make a positive difference to an ever-changing world. Our whole sustainability programme is guided by one simple response: that we need to change how we think and learn if we want to influence future generations.

Your course, your voice…

We want to empower you to influence your curriculum and take forwards your ideas for learning and sustainability. We do this in different ways:

Student Representatives

Workshops on Education for Sustainability for our student representatives

– run by our Sustainability Engagement Manager with the Students’ Union, including sustainability basics and change skills as well as insights into education practice.

Student Representatives

Expert seminars on changing learning dynamics with invited speakers leading the field in strengthening the voice of students in shaping university education.

– 2017 workshop on Co-creating Future Learning – with Professor Mike Neary from the University of Lincoln.


Supporting projects where students change the curriculum – teaching innovations that actively involve students in setting the agenda for learning and assessment.

– 2017 project on Changing Communities – students influenced the assessment criteria in this project focused on ‘decolonising education’ in Photography.

Education for Sustainability helps rethink the future…

We are pioneers internationally in ‘Education for Sustainability’ (EfS) which is an exciting agenda for changing how we think and learn through education, to create social change.

Our Learning Innovation for Tomorrow programme supports academics, and encourages them to involve students, to innovate in the curriculum and their teaching methods.

We also use our EfS focus to offer professional development opportunities for both staff and students to get involved in while living and learning at the University.

examples of Education for Sustainability Projects