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How Can STEM Support Sustainability: The Sustainability Summer Programme

With the world progressing into a deeper climate crisis, the concept of sustainable living is becoming a priority for governments, organisations and even individual households. Many advances towards promoting a sustainable lifestyle and economy have been made but there are still opportunities in areas including materials and designs.

At our 2024 Sustainability Summer Programme, we offer students the chance to join our world class academic colleagues from the Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy to look at the concept of Sustainability and how STEM can help society work towards this goal. Within this accredited course, we will explore different areas of STEM with a view to encouraging and inspiring innovations by bringing people together from all over the world to explore practical solutions.

The course is split into mini themes that spread across the different areas of STEM covered by the faculty. During the course, you will have the opportunity to explore Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Renewable Energy, and Mining and Geology, amongst other areas. By looking at all these different areas, you can see how each is crucial to the goal of sustainability and get a rounded view of STEM in these areas. The second portion of the course is a group research project available from one of the specified programme areas above to allow you to focus in and do a deep dive into a particular area that you are passionate about alongside students with the same motivation from around the world. Through different activity types including plenaries, workshops and seminars students will use the insights into the different areas to then work on projects that could have a real life impact on the concept of sustainability.

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Applications for 2024 are now open. Please visit our How to Apply section to read the guidelines to find out more. 

Find out more about our Fulbright Sustainability Summer Programme from previous students who studied with us in 2023.

Module at a Glance

Module Title How Can STEM Support Sustainability: The Sustainability Summer Programme
Module Code MTH3048
Module Convenor Dr Mohammed Akrami
Credit Value 7.5 ECTS
Scheduled Teaching 24 x 2 Hour Sessions
Total Module Hours 150 Hours
Guided Independent Study

Pre-Reading Before Arrival
Preparatory readings for lectures and seminars
Researching, preparing and delivering a group presentation
Researching and completing two written assignments

Formative Assessment


Summative Assessment

Written Assessment on your research project - 3000 words - 60% of credit - written feedback 

Group Presentation – 20 minutes – 40% of credit – verbal and written feedback

Sample Pre Reading

The 17 Goals - United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 

Sample Lecture Sessions

Sustainable Design

Offshore Energy

Flying Cars, Autonomous Mining and the Changing World

"The Sustainability Summer School is an irreplaceable experience with a lively environment. It was interesting to learn new things daily (literally!) because of different lectures per day, and different themes per week. The program was the highlight of my summer. Overall, the summer school aligned with my career interest, motivating me to follow my pursuits in earth systems science. I enjoyed the experience and the only sad part is that it ended. Thank you so, so much for the opportunity to participate in this program!"

Alenn, The Philippines