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Education for Sustainable Development

Date posted: 22/02/2008

There is growing pressure and expectation on the higher education sector to respond to the sustainability challenge and consider how best to embed sustainable development and policies and practices, not least in learning and teaching and curricula.  To that end, the Higher Education Academy's Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Project is continuing to support a programme of development activity and capacity building so as to better assist institutions and subject communities in their development of curricula and pedagogy to equip students with the skills and knowledge to live and work sustainably.  This recognises the importance of increasing 'sustainability literacy' among students and the growing demand for sustainability skills among employers.

As background, prospective applicants are encouraged to see the Higher Education Academy's report (2008), Employable Graduates for Responsible Employers:

The Higher Education Academy’s ESD Project invites applications for the funding of mini-grants designed to develop small-scale work in one or more of these areas:

  • Explore the links between employability and sustainability in the curriculum and the potential for innovation and development in this area
  • Link sustainability with careers advice and student volunteering
  • Critique, develop and explore the notion and substance of sustainability literacy skills and how best to embed this area in the curriculum
  • Support student outreach programmes and integrate off-campus activity into programmes

The ESD Project is setting aside £15k for grants in this Tranche; the maximum funding for any single proposal will be £2.5k.

For further information and details of how to apply visit