Big Dilemmas Project - Naturalist and TV wildlife presenter Nick Baker instructs students on the value of ecosystems.
Academics and students from across the University are working with stakeholders to investigate and tackle Big Dilemmas around energy demand, food and water security, health, biodiversity, and poverty and population.

Naturalist and TV wildlife presenter Nick Baker recently instructed students on the value of ecosystems.

Curriculum and research

We are committed to providing all students with the opportunity to learn about the scientific, human, social and cultural issues which are involved in the vital field of sustainability and to equip them with the skills for a ‘greener’ economy and the imagination to provide solutions for a sustainable society. Acknowledging that there are many different interpretations and definitions of ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Sustainable Development’ (SD), the University of Exeter chooses to define environmental sustainability as a state where human activity does not degrade the natural environment beyond self sustainment. Sustainable development is the process that enables humanity to move towards an environmentally, socially, economically and culturally sustainable world.

The University has flagship ‘sustainability’ focussed programmes and modules at all Colleges, for example the One Planet MBA and the module Mathematics and Climate Change. The Flexible Combined Honours degree offers new exiting Global Futures/Sustainability themed modular pathways from 2011/12. This scheme allows students to combine modules from different programmes into a custom made ‘combined’ degree that will be enhanced further with a sustainability focussed module in each year.

Under the enhanced modularity scheme students have the opportunity to take additional sustainability focussed modules to compliment and enrich the programme of study. These SUSTAINability modules range from broad knowledge in the areas of politics and anthropology to applied disciplinary knowledge such as renewable energy and environmental law.

Further information is available from H.Sjerps-Jones@exeter.ac.uk