NUS Responsible FuturesResponsible Futures is a structured approach to embedding social responsibility and sustainability across a university’s curriculum.

It is coordinated nationally by the National Union of Students (NUS), and offers a practical framework to develop and audit activities towards Education for the Sustainable Development Goals at universities.

DMU’s participation is a partnership between the university and De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU). As a participant, De Montfort benefits from mentoring support and networking events with other UK universities.

Host Partnership 2020/21

In 2020/21, DMU/DSU is serving as one of the host partnerships for Responsible Futures, organising and hosting knowledge-sharing events for staff and students at universities across the UK.

Three DMU-hosted events are taking place, focussing on:

  • Decolonising the Curriculum (January 2021)
  • Student-led approaches to sustainability at universities (February 2021)
  • Embedding sustainability across a whole institution (April 2021)

Responsible Futures Audit 2023

Responsible Futures participants are accredited for their work on sustainability education by a student-led audit, managed externally by SOS-UK.

Student-led auditing is based upon a range of criteria, such as having a strategic commitment to act on sustainability, employing real-world learning experiences on sustainability issues and running events and educational programmes for staff, students and the general public.

Previously DMU had a successful student-led audit in March 2019 and also March 2021. Our latest audit took place in March 2023.

DMU staff and students are invited to support this process by:

  • Sharing your stories of events and activities that contribute to the Responsible Futures criteria
  • Staff using the criteria to provide ideas on embedding sustainability into taught courses
  • Students volunteering to take part in auditing our progress


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