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Education for Sustainable Development changemakers

Co-creation for D3: Democratise, Decarbonise & Decolonise
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SOS-UK advocates for student leadership and students as co-creators in implementing Education for Sustainable Development curriculum design and innovation. This is an integral part of the newly released QAA and Advance HE ESD Guidance. ​

Our ESD changemakers programme is open to universities and colleges to support staff, in partnership with their students, to establish a co-creation approach for ensuring tertiary education is fit for purpose. It seeks to address ‘D3’: democratising, decarbonising and decolonising teaching, learning and research. This approach aims to ensure students are appropriately equipped with the knowledge and understanding, skills and attributes to meaningfully take action for climate justice and address the climate and ecological crisis.

We are seeking institutions and their students' unions to be part of an innovative, forward thinking network, driving change in how we 'do' education for the betterment of people and planet. Join our first year of the programme to contribute towards the shaping of of this exciting programme​ and make meaningful change using education as the tool.

Student-staff partnerships

Students and staff will work together, in partnership, as ESD changemakers. SOS-UK will support ESD change makers (students & staff) to: ​

  • Gain skills and understanding for sustainability ​
  • Become partners in progressing institutional change to embed ESD at your institution​
  • Support academic and professional services staff to develop whole-institution engagement with sustainability learning. ​
  • Establish a national network of students and staff connecting their academic disciplines with sustainability and climate education. ​

Tier 1 and Tier 2 membership

We are offering two levels of membership. Tier 1 will require the institution and students union to take more of a leadership role in supporting students and staff on their co-creation journey as part of the ESD changemakers programme, whilst tier 2 membership offers more support and input from SOS-UK. A breakdown of the difference in support across the two levels of membership can be found in the overview here.

Sign up for 2022/2023

Sign-up deadline for the 2021-22 is 30th September 2021.

To find out more about how this programme and discuss how it could work at your institution email Interim director of education, Meg Baker.