Having graduated from Plymouth University in 2011, it was nice to go back on a professional basis and sit in my old lecture halls, listening to lecturers and actually be able to talk to them and understand their research on a professional level as well as with my own interests in sustainability. I travelled down to see how to apply tried and tested methods of sustainability orientated whole constitutional change firstly to Roots, and then as a method of community focussed lifestyle change.
www.celt.mmu.ac.uk Podcast on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Global Citizenship, and Curriculum Development
Another very useful presentation was from the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) about their Centre of Excellence in Learning and Training (CELT) and Global Citizenship programmes. They have a very inclusive strategy incorporating internationalism, global citizenship, sustainability and social responsibility into the lives of their students. Their diagram of the strategy (LEFT) can be used to show how this approach can be carried out and applied to all students. A podcast detailing the strategy can be found at http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk and it can easily be applied to our own work encouraging young volunteers to use sustainable thinking throughout their life, both at work and at home. Presenters also shared ideas on volunteer recruitment, how to market ourselves at universities and everyone was very happy to provide contact details for some future help.
I think it is important to mention that throughout the conference, researchers brought up that their data suggests that females are more positive and interested in sustainable issues than males. Bucking this trend, Roots has far more males attending our activities than females – Well Done Boys!
~ Emma, Project Officer