Opportunities for Embedding the SDGs in Higher Education
June 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDTFree
The webinar will share insight from recent research into student experiences of sustainability in higher education, and the Sustainable Development Goals. NUS UK has carried out a longitudinal study into student attitudes towards and experiences of sustainability in higher education since 2010, and in 2018 expanded this research to investigate international perspectives. The international research uncovered strong desire amongst students for their institutions to take action on sustainability, for example 91% say they agree their place of study should actively incorporate and promote sustainable development. Action is also demanded within the curriculum with 81% saying they want to learn more about sustainable development.
NUS UK has responded to this demand be creating and delivering the Global Goals for Sustainable Development Teach-In. This one week campaign engaged over 250 teaching staff and 16,000 students in 2018, and presents an ideal opportunity for engaging with the SDGs in your curriculum in 2019 when the campaign launches internationally.
Quinn Runkle, Education for Sustainable Development Programme Manager, National Union of Students UK
Quinn Runkle is the Education for Sustainable Development Programme Manager at the National Union of Students (UK). She leads NUS’ work on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and manages the Responsible Futures programme which supports universities, colleges, and students’ unions to embed ESD throughout the formal and informal curricula.
Quinn’s background includes managing student and staff behaviour change and engagement programmes for sustainability at the University of Bristol (UK) and the University of British Columbia (Canada).
She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education at the UCL Institute of Education and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Political Science with a specialism in Environment and Sustainability from the University of British Columbia. In 2017, she was named the “Top 30 Under 30 Environmental Educators” by the North American Association for Environmental Education.
Rachel Drayson, Insight Manager, National Union of Students UK
Rachel is an Insight manager based at NUS focusing specifically on research and evaluation linked to sustainability.
At NUS, Rachel leads in the design, management and delivery of sustainability research projects and services, both internally within NUS and for external clients. Examples include the investigation of students’ attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development, where she has successfully managed seven years of longitudinal research, analysing changes and trends over an increasingly large dataset (c.40,000 respondents after year 7).
Rachel has a Masters degree (Distinction) in Environment, Science and Society from University College London, and an undergraduate degree in Geography from Durham University.