Students still want their institutions to do more on sustainability

Thursday 03-09-2015 - 10:57

For the fifth year in a row, 80 per cent of students have told us that they want their institutions to be doing more on sustainability, and 60 per cent want to learn more about it.

Every year, we work with the Higher Education Academy to ask students about their attitudes towards sustainable development. Of course, we already know that students care about sustainability. We see it from the actions thousands are taking on their campuses and in their communities.

This research makes it even more clear just how much students care about sustainability.

  • 80 per cent of students want their institution to be doing more on sustainable development
  • 60 per cent of students want to learn more about sustainability

We’ve conducted this research five years in a row now, and these results have stayed exactly the same. Despite stuff like the rise in fees, and the crash of the jobs market, these numbers have stayed exactly the same.

For the first time this year, we also surveyed employers. As well as finding out what skills and attributes students want to get from their time in education, we were interested to find out what skills and attributes employers want from emerging graduates – especially relating to sustainability.

We found that employers thought that a range of skills for sustainability were important when they were recruiting, and we’ll be building on this research in the years to come to ensure that sustainability becomes a joined up experience through education into employment.

Research like this is part of the reason we do the sustainability work we do. It’s important to students, so it’s important to us – and we’ll continue to embed sustainability across campuses, curriculums and communities because that’s what students want.

Read the full report and talk to us about sustainability.



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