Published: 2 December 2016 at 15:30
University is recognised by students for promoting sustainability and social values
Anglia Ruskin University has become one of just 13 UK higher education institutions recognised for arming its students with the knowledge, skills and values to critically challenge the world around them, and tackle social, economic and environmental issues and inequalities.
A team of student auditors awarded Anglia Ruskin the prestigious National Union of Students Responsible Futures accreditation for its work embedding sustainability and social responsibility across the formal and informal curriculum. This comes just weeks after it was shortlisted for a 2017 Edie Sustainability Leaders Award.
Anglia Ruskin has worked hard to promote sustainability on campus and in its research, as well as through teaching. ‘Concern for the Environment’ is one of the university’s key values.
Anglia Ruskin was the first UK university to sign up to the Rio+20 declaration, committing to the development of sustainable practices for higher education institutions. The Students’ Union also recently won the Gold Award for Green Impact, which recognises excellent environmental performance, for the first time.
Dr Alison Greig, of Anglia Ruskin’s Global Sustainability Institute, said:
“Anglia Ruskin signed up to Responsible Futures because we recognise the need to develop our students’ knowledge and skills so that they have the capacity to become effective agents for positive change.
“Achieving this accreditation demonstrates to current and prospective students that a degree from Anglia Ruskin will help them to prosper as responsible global citizens of the 21st Century.”
NUS Vice President (Society and Citizenship) Rob Young said:
“60 per cent of students want to learn more about sustainability, and Responsible Futures is making that happen.
“We need our graduates to meet the challenges of the century ahead of us, not to repeat the mistakes of the decades behind us. That’s why I am so thrilled that Anglia Ruskin University has been accredited with the Responsible Futures mark.”
For more details about Anglia Ruskin’s commitment to sustainability, visit aru.ac.uk/sustainability.