Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is embedded in UCA’s academic quality assurance programme. All academic course teams are required to reflect upon ESD in relation to their courses in preparation for course validation and periodic review. ESD is part of the remit of validation panels in considering courses for approval. Key documents are available to Course Leaders, including guidance on ESD from QAA and the HEA to help in preparation of course documentation for review. An example of the guidance given to staff on the integration of ESD into their courses is provided on the UCA Learning and Teaching site.

In 2021 UCA’s Business School for the Creative Industries signed up to the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), where learning will focus on the UN PRME’ s six key principles; purpose, values, method, research, partnership and dialogue, with an emphasis on ethics, inclusivity and sustainability in business.

This year the University’s School of Fashion & Textiles (SoFT) launched the UK’s first degree course in digital fashion. The MA Digital Fashion, which commenced in September 2021, is a response to the environmental concerns of fast fashion and the significant market growth in online virtual fashion, through virtual and augmented reality, social media and gaming, where garments are designed for the virtual world.

In October 2019, UCA became one of the founder partners in the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Albert sustainable education partnership.

Albert brings the UK screen industries together to tackle their environmental impact and inspire sustainable living: reducing the impact of the production process and being the vehicle for positive environmental change.

UCA’s School of Film, Media and Performing Arts is adopting Albert’s ‘Applied Skills for a Sustainable Screen Industry’ module, which was introduced to provide students with the opportunity to understand sustainability and its professional and personal relevance. The module also aims to equip graduates with the skills to support the industry’s sustainability transition once they are working within it.

Students are also able to access the Industry Carbon Calculator to work towards achieving an Albert footprint certification for their work, which demonstrates that the environmental impact of their productions have been monitored and measures have been taken to manage and reduce impact.

Following a decision by UCA Academic Board in 2014/15, UCA’s Learning and Teaching Committee has had responsibility for the integration, over a two-year period, of Education for Sustainable Development in all course curricula.

Useful documents, please click on links below to view and/or download: