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Sustainability can be a rewarding but destabilising topic. You can support students and their learning by choosing pedagogic approaches to suit both the material, and your intended outcomes. Eden Centre departmental advisers are available to discuss possible approaches and activities.

New funding opportunity for Academic staff and Students

Education for Sustainability Student Internships

The Eden Centre has funding available to employ both undergraduate and postgraduate students as research interns or assistants during the academic year 2022/23. 

This is intended to support LSE Academics’ commitment towards education for sustainability, but also to offer students different experiences such as insights into how to embed education for sustainability in the existing curriculum; support curriculum enhancement, participate in course design and research skills development.

Selected students will support staff by identifying sustainability related theoretical frameworks, concepts, readings and case studies for a specific course and/or alternative ways to embed sustainability in the curriculum. These internships will bring together staff who are interested but time-poor and interested students. Staff will discuss the course and their objectives for change with student researchers at the beginning of the project. The expected outcome could be an annotated bibliography providing suggestions for updating the reading list, might include proposals for the lectures and/or assignments so that they are focused on sustainability issues. The Education for Sustainability team will organise an event where students can present the work done and the results achieved in terms of integrating sustainability into the curriculum.

Academics are encouraged to apply by briefly outlining in the application form how they intend to redesign their modules in relation to education for sustainability and will be asked to provide a short plan on how they envisage working in collaboration with the selected student(s). They will also be asked to explain how student involvement will produce change in the curriculum and foster education for sustainability. 

Students are also encouraged to invite staff to apply and if they do, it will be possible to select the student leading the proposal to transform the curriculum for the internship programme.  

 Departments and academics can choose the most suitable model for them. For example:

  • activities can take place within or outside term time. However, they need to be completed by the end of July 2023.
  • projects can be undertaken by solo students, or more than one student can be involved.

Constraints: Funding can cover up to 10 internships of 25 hours each.


Background Information

Since 2019, the Eden Centre has enabled 49 LSE students across 12 departments to collaborate with staff to extend and expand research projects. The ambitious Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme was founded with the aim of integrating students into the scholarly research-rich environment of the School – a key ambition of LSE 2030 and the LSE Student Futures initiative.

Now the Education for Sustainability initiative aims to offer undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to work alongside academics at LSE and engage with sustainability issues, developing a range of skills related to education for sustainability.

The LSE Education for Sustainability initiative reflects the LSE 2030 strategy, which promotes global impact education. Similarly, the LSE Strategic Plan for Sustainability clearly commits to integrating sustainability into LSE's teaching and learning experiences by 'strengthening and promoting existing courses and learning pathways that can provide students with a more comprehensive understanding of the environmental and social dimensions of sustainability, incorporating environmental sustainability into the LSE curriculum, and promoting interdisciplinary activities and solutions'.

How to apply

Applications are now open - please apply via this link.

This process will remain open until midnight on Tuesday 31 January 2023.

All projects will be considered, and selected applicants will be contacted within 10 working days of the respective deadline. 

With limited funds, we are likely to prioritise:

  • Projects that clearly demonstrate how student involvement can produce change in the curriculum and promote education for sustainability. 
  • Projects that provide a clear plan describing how the applicant intends to work in collaboration with the selected student. 
  • Courses with no current sustainability content and departments lacking a sustainability-focused curriculum.

Academic staff will also need to be able to commit to:

  • discuss with the student at the beginning and end of the project and be available for enquiries in the meantime; 
  • drawing on the students’ work to make changes for 2023/24;
  • report briefly on the process.

Once the projects have been selected by the Eden Centre’s Selection Panel, you will be responsible for selecting the student(s) and ensuring that the recruitment process is fair and transparent.

If your application is successful, you will be given a budget code to use when raising the contract (which will need to be edited to contain your department’s ‘Cost Centre’ code). Your department will be responsible for setting up a contract for the student(s), and submitting timesheets for them, although Eden Centre staff are happy to help with this.

The Eden Centre is pleased to discuss potential projects - please contact us via eden@lse.ac.uk.   

Take a look at these videos below on the topic of sustainability. Further down this page, you can find information on further networks and helpful resources.

Content adapted from University of Plymouth with thanks.

Videos

EfS video thumbnail - LSE100

Dr. Jillian Terry (Assistant Professorial Lecturer and Co-Director of LSE100) discusses the embedding of sustainability in LSE100, LSE's flagship interdisciplinary course taken by all first-year undergraduates. Watch the video

EfS - Abby Innes thumbnail

Dr Abby Innes from the European Institute tells us how embedding sustainability in her courses has led to improved learning outcomes and wellbeing benefits. Watch the video.

Climate crisis video - Nov22 - thumbnail

@MockCOP26 and the University and College Union - UCU have produced a short film highlighting the impacts of the climate crisis on students, pupils, and the education workforce. The film raises awareness to the parallels of how the climate crisis is affecting those in the Global South and the Global North, with case studies from India and England. Watch the video.

Some pedagogic approaches and tools

  • Critical reflection Reflexive accounts, learning journals, discussion groups

  • Systemic thinking and analysis Real-world case studies and critical incidents, project-based learning, stimulus activities, campus as a learning resource

  • Participatory learning Group or peer learning, developing dialogue, experiential learning, action research/learning to act, and developing case studies with local community groups and business

  • Collaborative learning Guest speakers, work-based learning, interdisciplinary/ multidisciplinary working

  • Thinking creatively for future scenarios Using role play, real-world inquiry, futures visioning, problem-based learning

AdvanceHE: resources to support your sustainable transformation strategy

The HE sector has a unique role and responsibility in protecting the planet and delivering on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This requires research that makes progress against the SDGs and graduates with the core sustainability competencies required to address financial, environmental and social sustainability. However, 1.7% of Global World Product (GWP) is spent in Higher Education, so the sector also has to take approaches to their people, practices and places that are consistent with the goals. 

Advance HE in collaboration with Times Higher Consultancy have developed a range of products for institutions and governments to support the higher education sector to promote and utilise the SDGs to drive institutional change across research and culture, curricula and civic responsibility.

Find out more on their website.

SOS-UK:helping students and educators promote environmental justice

SOS-UK is a student-led education charity focusing on sustainability that:

  • delivers programmes and campaigns that enable students and society to act on sustainability;
  • offers a range of learning opportunities and events to support sustainability action across the education sector and beyond;
  • carries out specialist research into sustainability and social responsibility of the education sector in the UK and internationally;
  • offers a range of services and packages to help drive sustainability through higher education institutions.

Further resources for educators