Our contribution towards Sustainable Development issues rests on graduates and staff who are able to drive a socially just and environmentally sustainable future.
Learning for a Sustainable Future recognises that knowledge, skills and attributes for a sustainable development are gained from the whole university experience for staff and students. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) occurs in the formal and informal curriculum, professional development, research and knowledge exchange, and through the University's environment, culture and leadership.
We are one of the first Universities and Students' Unions to gain the NUS Responsible Futures Accreditation Mark! This means that we are recognised for our commitment to embedding environmental sustainability and social responsibility into the student learning experience.
Staff and students can learn about sustainability in many ways here at Manchester Met.
Big Impact, run by the Environment Team, engages staff, students and the community in projects and workshops to enhance understanding and skills for sustainability. Ideas into Action provides our staff the chance to submit ideas for sustainability action and change.
A cross-university Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Group, consisting of staff and students work to embed, progress and communicate ESD related activites and projects at Manchester Met.
We understand that providing opportunities for students to work with University departments can be hugely beneficial - to the students themselves by providing real-life experiences, and to Manchester Met by contributing towards the improved sustainability of the University.
Academics and students alike are invited to undertake projects with the Environment Team and the Estates Directorate linked to their coursework, placements and research activities.
If you would like to undertake an academic or research project, undertake a placement, or become a sustainability ambassador- as part of the curriculum or through extra-curricular activites - send your enquiries to the Environment Team.
“Socio-technical perspectives on smart city implementation: linking social behaviour to the success of smart energy technologies”, Regine Sonderland Saga, PhD Researcher, Science and Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University.
This PhD aims to examine the socio-technological side of the smart city implementations in EU’s Triangulum project. Crucial to successful integration of smart technology will be to establish an understanding of people’s interactions with these technologies and the study will identify citizen’s environmental behaviour and their level of knowledge about sustainability.
Over the course of 2016-17, Regine is working with the University’s Environment Team and Residential Services to engage students who live at Birley Student Living to further understand behaviours and how smart technology impacts upon those behaviours.
This will assist Triangulum in assessing the community engagement in the project and to fill any potential gaps in socio-technological indicators for measuring and monitoring the progress. The research will primarily be conducted in “Corridor Manchester”. The concept of living labs will be utilized as part of this research in order to detect environmental behaviour and how energy consumption relates to levels of information given about sustainability.
More specifically, the research will look at:
Vocational Experience Module, Katie Foulkes and Helen Filby, 2nd year MSc Science and Engineering)
Katie and Helen worked with the Environment team over a four-week period to deliver projects to improve recycling behaviours and practise across the University. Read more about the projects.
"Dissertations for good"
We are proud to be part of the Dissertations for Good scheme, which aims to match the research interests of undergraduate students with organisations and charities who have a need for small scale research projects- providing the opportunity for students to be involved in real world research.
The Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy sets out how Manchester Met will provide a curriculum that embeds the principles of Environmental Sustainability and Social Responsibility.
The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) seek to secure a consistent, high quality student experience through formal and informal academic continuing professional development (ACPD) opportunities for all staff at Manchester Met.
CELT support and communicate best practice amongst academic staff through their Good Practice Exchange, provide resources and Continuing Professional Development and map our ESD impact - all to support the integration of ESD into our curriculum.
Manchester Met resources and supports a range of curriculum, research and extra-curricular projects that all embed or deliver ESD- and will continue to do so into the future.
Here are some projects that we have recently supported: