Education for Sustainable Futures
We encourage and support all of our staff and students to understand how to manage our environment and address future challenges that threaten our planet. That is why we are actively working to reflect sustainability in our teaching and learning.
An exciting new project
Using a creative and engaging approach, we’ve introduced a series of projects that form the Futures Initiative, a holistic approach to developing the student learning experience for the future. It will look at the way we need to change the curriculum so that sustainability principles are part of the learning experience of every student and member of staff. For example:
Christ Church Bioversity is a project that will explore Canterbury’s rich cultural history and its ‘sense of place’ as a World Heritage Site. By 2015 the University, with our partners at the Cathedral and St Augustine’s Abbey, will be creating an urban biodiversity hub that celebrates the city’s cultural and environmental heritage.
This will include creating a heritage trail around our current species and habitats – for example, Canterbury Cathedral’s herb garden and the University’s wildflower banks – while recreating a sense of the past: the orchards, vineyard, medicinal and culinary herb gardens and other elements that once existed on the World Heritage Site.
Introduction of a new 'Skills Award'
We are committed to enhancing the development of students’ employability skills by partnering with academic staff to embed employability-related activities within the curriculum and provide opportunities to develop skills on an extra-curricular basis.
The Skills Award will recognise the learning gained from the wider student experience and provide a framework for students to articulate the skills developed to future employers.