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The greatest impact we can have to create a just and sustainable world for present and future generations, is through educating our students about the sustainability challenges and opportunities that face society. We were part of the NUS' Responsible Futures pilot programme in 2014/15 and worked in partnership with Chester Students' Union to create an enabling environment for sustainability to thrive. We endeavour to bring together academic disciplines to create opportunities for students to work collaboratively and develop the skills and knowledge required to be part of the solution to our social, economic and environmental challenges. 

At the University of Chester we adopted the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Education for sustainable development guidance (2014, p.5) definition, which defines it as:

"the process of equipping students with the knowledge and understanding, skills and attributes needed to work and live in a way that safeguards environmental, social and economic wellbeing, both in the present and for future generations"

At the University of Chester ESD is related to the:

  • Curriculum  developing skills in responsible management, ethical consideration and sustainable development;
  • Campus carbon management, key sustainability impacts and sustainable food;
  • Community workers' rights, ethical investments and partnerships;
  • Cultures auditing of systems, human resource management for sustainability, empowering staff and student engagement.