The Sustainability Forum is a dedicated cross-disciplinary community which shares teaching practices and organises to engage the University in education that enables students to construct healthy futures for themselves, their communities and the planet.
It is coordinated by Dr Diana Pritchard of the Centre for Learning Excellence.
Human Rights & Migration: movement, settlement & peace 2019
Our multi-disciplinary Sustainability Forum is holding another university-wide event at our Luton campus. This will deepen knowledge and understandings of the contexts and extent of forced migration & human rights atrocities and abuses occurring in different regions across the globe.
This will involve students and academics from disciplines in all faculties. Former survivors of war and violations, representatives from local and national organisations, and local Councilors will join us. Collectively we will learn about and explore the reporting on and the consequences for individuals, families and our transnational communities. Through interactive and participatory sessions, we will identify key challenges and actions, which shine an authentic light on events, respond to needs, and create connections of solidarity.
Climate Change: Negotiations, actions & movement 2017
Over 122 people (including 90 UG students from over six disciplines, together with academics, civic organisations, and local and international dignitaries) attended this event which created a dynamic learning experience for everyone.nIt involved simulated learning, incorporating the materials and software developed by Climate Interactive
Credits: BedsTV, School of Culture & Communications (Anthony Greenbank, Lucy Hunt and Chloe Slocombe).
The event focussed on discussions from practitioners on mitigations and adaptations to climate change in specialist workshops, and closed with a final plenary on Youth Action
Credit: Daniella Martins, UG student, School of Culture & Communications
Climate Change event from November 2016
Bringing in representatives from public, private and community organisations, this event involved over 170 people in participatory activities which explored current trends and impacts of climate change, and identified the areas for cross disciplinary, sector and generational collaborations.
Students gained knowledge and understandings about climate change and its relevance to their future work and lives.
Our events build on practices which are piloted and evaluated for learning impact and student experience.
Since 2016 we have designed and implemented University-wide events to involve students, staff and representatives of civic, public and private institutions in experiential, simulated and real-life learning.
We celebrate that our dedicated community is valued for having shaped the institutional agenda. Academic participation is recognised within the Professional Teaching Scheme
In recognition of their effective work, core members of the Sustainability Forum were nominated by the University for the prestigious HEA Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence.
(Left to right: Dr Nicolas Worsfold, Biological Science; Dr Diana Pritchard, Centre for Learning Excellence; Dr Helen Connolly, Sociology; Dr Tamara Ashley, Dance Performance; David Jazani, Construction)