DMU’s Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) project is running a range of activities over the summer for DMU staff to learn more about how to link sustainability issues and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to taught courses at the university.

Background: Over 80% of DMU students want the university to actively promote sustainability issues in taught courses and the UN SDGs are a strategic priority for the university. Providing opportunities to make a positive difference through studies, such as through volunteering, project work and placements, can also prove very motivating and engaging for students, particularly amidst the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Summer sessions: Upcoming online one-off sessions and weekly drop-in workshops are listed below. For further guidance on embedding ESD, including DMU Case Studies and planning toolkits for module and programme leaders, see the project website:

Thursday 2nd July 2020, 12.30pm to 2pm: DMU Eco Café – theme for July is Decolonisation and Sustainability. Led by Ian Coleman from DMU’s Academic Development team.

Mondays 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th July, 1pm to 2pm: ESD Drop-indrop-in sessions (at any time) for hints, tips and discussion on embedding sustainability in taught courses or other student activities. Led by Ian Coleman or Dr Andrew Reeves.

Wednesday 8th July 2020, 12pm to 1pm: CAI Masterclass on ESD and Programme Design

Thursday 16th July 2020, 1pm to 2pm: ESD and Decolonisation discussion session – Dr Jonathan Coope on Indigenous Knowledge

Thursday 23rd July 2020, 9.30am to 11am: Introduction to ESD – interactive workshop on what Education for Sustainable Development involves, examples of practice and pedagogy and suggested first steps. Led by Ian Coleman from DMU’s Academic Development team.