Learning for Sustainable Futures: ESD professional development at University of Gloucestershire, UK

Ryan, Alex and Tilbury, Daniela (2015) Learning for Sustainable Futures: ESD professional development at University of Gloucestershire, UK. In: Leading Practice Publication: Professional Development of University Educators on Education for Sustainable Development in European Countries. University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD), pp. 82-87. ISBN 978-80-87076-22-4

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Abstract

The Learning for Sustainable Futures (LSF) scheme at University of Gloucestershire provides professional development in ESD for both teaching staff and staff who support student learning. It enables staff to develop the curriculum and to improve teaching practices as well as students’ professional skills in ESD. Staff from any academic faculty or professional department can propose project concepts through an annual competitive process. The successful proposers receive £2500 to lead and develop their projects, as well as mentoring support, tailored ESD guidance, resources, training and networking opportunities. LSF is supported by the University’s senior management as part of the implementation of the Learning and Teaching Strategy and commitment to ESD in the Strategic Plan 2012–17. It is part of the institutional strategy for embedding ESD across the curriculum, student experience, quality enhancement and corporate practices. The scheme is co-led by the Sustainability Team and Academic Development Unit and has received £50,000 of central University funds. This investment has been provided over a 3 year period and has supported 20 projects in total, with the 4th cycle starting in 2015–16. The LSF Scheme also won Highly Commended at the UK 2013 Green Gown Awards for its strategic approach to ESD professional development.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Higher education, Sustainability, Professional development, Case study, Europe
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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education
Research Priority Areas: Learning and Professional Contexts
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 12:23
Last Modified: 26 May 2017 11:16
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3492

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