Collaborative projects

Below are a number of collaborative projects that the Education for Sustainability (EfS) team has supported across ARU. 

You can also read these case studies on best practice approaches happening here, or watch this short video to hear from staff directly.

Environmental Law Seminar series

The Education for Sustainability team, in partnership with the Law Society and Anglia Law School, organised a series of expert-led environmental law seminars open to both students and lecturers in 2018. Speakers included lawyers from Richard Buxton law firm, a senior civil servant from DEFRA, and the Director of the Waikato Public Law and Policy Research Unit.

As a result, Environmental Law has now been included as a dissertation module in the undergraduate law course, and will be incorporated into the Master's Law course.

Arts and Environmental and Sustainability Education module

In September 2017, Dr Nicola Walshe, BA Primary Education Studies Course leader worked with the EfS team to organise a one-day conference designed to engage students in Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE).

Following highly positive feedback from all attendees, Nicola and the EfS team designed a new arts based ESE module for all third year students, which has been part of the curriculum since September 2018. Dr Walshe recently received funding from AHRC to conduct further research into the links between art, well-being, and Environmental and Sustainability Education.

Sustainability Art Prize

The sustainability art prize is a long-standing collaboration between the Global Sustainability Institute and Cambridge School of Art, in which students from the art school submit artworks in any format (print, illustration, digital etc) that illustrate the complex and multi-faceted issue of sustainability.

Student engagement with the prize remains consistently strong, and the winning pieces are frequently featured in local and regional news, including this article in The Guardian. 

MSc Sustainability

Our MSc in sustainability is a pioneering course that integrates digital technologies, immersive residential trips, and 6-week practical placements to create a unique blended learning experience. The course is run in partnership with the Eden Project, based in Cornwall, where students spend three weeks engaging with local sustainability challenges. Visit the Eden Project web page for student testimonials and further information.

The course was first designed in 2013-14 with the intention that students would 'learn about' sustainability, 'experience' sustainability, and 'practice' sustainability.

Conservation Coasters

This project looked at how interdisciplinary working between students can help to raise awareness, and ultimately promote action for a more sustainable world, with a particular focus on plastic pollution. Find out more.

Electric Athenaeum; A New Digital Magazine Exploring Sustainability in Science Fiction

This involved the creation and publication of a magazine looking at the rights of future generations through the lens of science fiction. The online magazine received over 57,000 views. You can read the project report here.

Sustainable Biologists magazine

As part of the Level 5 Being a Biologist module, lecturer Alex Dittrich and student Juniper Kiss worked with students to put together a magazine called Sustainable Biologists. You can read about this here.

Embedding the Lived Experience into MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology

Lecturer Emma Kaminsky led a project to invite in end-users to meet with students training in Clinical Psychology. Find out more.

Giving Human Resource Management (HRM) students the opportunity to 'be the change'

This project looked at how sustainability could be embedded into practices in HRM education. Find out more here.

Trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology

Dr Alison Pooley and Dr Willnara Guimaraes led a group of architecture students to the Centre for Alternative Technologies in Wales for an immersive learning experience. Find out more. 

'Early Education' annual conference

Lecturers in Early Childhood Studies attended a conference that looked at different ways that Education for Sustainability could be embedded into their courses. Find out more.