Your graduates, how they live, learn and work throughout their lifetimes, will have a persistent impact on the environmental and social challenges the world is facing. The competencies - the skills, attributes and values - they develop through their studies can help them contribute to a more sustainable future, transforming their thinking so that they have a positive impact throughout their lives.

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and Advance HE have supported the UK higher education sector in producing guidelines for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), informed by the UNESCO definition for ESD.  'ESD empowers learners to take informed decisions and responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society, for present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity.

In this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore the value and mechanisms for developing an institutional strategy for ESD, based on this guidance.  Following an introduction to ESD and the goals of the session the facilitators will invite participants to join a group discussion on one of the following three themes;

• institutional educational strategy for ESD; 

• engaging stakeholders with ESD;

• curriculum design and ESD competencies.   

Participants will work in small groups to share their knowledge and experience.   The discussion will be focussed on 4-6 key questions led by the Advance HE / QAA facilitator and shared on a collaborative document.
The format will be designed to facilitate knowledge sharing and ensure that everyone at the table has a voice.  The facilitator will capture the discussion to feedback in the plenary session and ideas will also be curated and shared with delegates after the event.


  • Dr. Catherine Hack, Principal Adviser (Learning and Teaching), Advance HE, UK
  • Dr. Kate Mori, Quality and Standards Specialist, Quality Assurance Agency, UK