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We are working across Faculties to gather examples of how the Sustainable Development Goals are being incorporated into teaching and will share the results here . If you're interested in teaching sustainability here are a collection of resources that may be of use.

Chester Business School have produced a progress report on how they integrate sustainability within thier teaching and scholarly activity

Staff - Teaching Resources

Toolbox for “The digital introduction of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into Higher Education Teaching" (launched June 2019)

Collection of easy-to-adapt teaching materials about the SDGs. The first three modules are online: SDG 3 (health and well-being), SDG 4 (education) and SDG 5 (gender equality). During June and July 2019 the next three modules will follow: SDG 6 (water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and SDG 13 (climate action). This is an Open Educational Resources (OER) – and published them under CC license CC BY SA.

Student  - Experiential (formal & extra-curricula)

For Good (including Dissertations for Good; Placements for Good; Projects for Good)

NUS For Good supports students to turn their education into a force for good by making a positive difference in the organisations they are partnered with across the UK. Opportunities include dissertation or thesis research, bespoke projects and work placements.


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Case Studies and Testimonials 

If you already include content and themes relating to Education for Sustainable Development in your teaching, please share with us. Send us examples of how you are incorporating ESD through coursework assignments, research projects, departmental events and extra-curricular activities. We would really appreciate your input, which will also help us to build a picture of what activity is already happening across the University. If you would like to get involved or discuss the initiative further, please contact Tamara Hunt

Chester Business School

The Chester Business School have integrated environmental auditing into a final year module, Tourism Futures. When visiting local hotels and tourist destinations students apply skills developed in the classroom, to evaluate the opportunities to improve the environmental performance of the organisation. This year, the cohort completed Carbon Literacy training, and the success of this pilot has led to a project to roll out Carbon Literacy Training to fellow students in 2021/22.

Computer Science

Computer Science students have been involved in a proposed project to restore the former Chester Hydroelectric Power station, which has been out of use for many years, back into use as a Sustainable Energy Visitor / Education Centre (Chester Hydro Hub).  A group of Level 5 Experiential Learning students designed, built and tested a prototype website and database for the centre, and Level 6 and M.Sc. dissertation students have designed, built and tested prototype designs for Virtual Reality exhibits.

Geography and International Development Studies

Each year the Sustainability Unit offers projects for students taking the final year module Sustainable Futures. Students apply theories of sustainability to real-life projects at the University or in the wider community. This year, students carried out surveys exploring students' attitudes towards sustainability, designed a Sustainable Campus Trail, providing recommendations on how to reduce waste during conferences and opportunities for reducing food waste in student halls of residence. Recommendations to increase food waste recycling facilities and using apps to reduce food waste are currently being implemented ready for the new academic year. 

Performing Arts/Art & Design

Within their Developing Professional Practice module students are introduced to the concept of sustainability and how it can be applied to the performing arts. During the Collaboration event in November 2019, students worked together for two days to produce art work, design, films and objects focussing on sustainability which were displayed in the Forum Shopping Centre. This year students are currently working on an exhibit as part of the Youth Climate Conference taking place in Chester Cathedral in October 2021.