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Accreditation mark for greener curriculums

Wednesday 23-07-2014 - 00:00

We know that 60% of students want to learn more about sustainability, and so we’re proud launch a new programme to embed sustainability into tertiary education across the UK.

greener curriculums

We’re piloting a Responsible Futures accreditation mark over the next academic year, and we're proud to announce that the following institutions will be taking part in 2014/15:

  • Coventry University
  • Dumfries and Galloway College
  • Edinburgh University
  • Keele University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • SRUC
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Chester
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Worcester
  • South Lanarkshire College 

NUS is committed to helping students gain the skills and knowledge they need to contribute to a genuinely sustainable society, and greening the curriculum is an integral part of this.

Responsible Futures will be an externally assessed accreditation mark, evaluating how well an institution embeds social and environmental responsibility across its formal and informal curriculums, beginning now and developing over the coming decades.

This project is based on our successes with the behavioural change model of Green Impact, as well as this year’s institution-wide accreditation mark of Alcohol Impact. Responsible Futures will provide the framework of 50 criteria through which institutions can embed sustainability into their courses, and be measured against over time.

The result will be a robust and respected accreditation mark which demonstrates commitment to a responsible future, creating graduates which are part of the solution to our current social, environmental and economic problems.

Each pilot will operate as a close partnership between students’ union and institution, helping students to get the education they tell us that they want.

Responsible Futures will play a huge part in embedding sustainability into UK education, and creating the future students want to build.

Watch this space for more information on Responsible Futures across the academic year.

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