Sustainable Development Goals Teach In 18th-22nd February 2019

This February the University of Exeter had amazing success participating in the ‘NUS Sustainable Development Goals Teach In’ - finishing top in both the 'number of teaching staff pledged' and 'students reached' leaderboards.

The campaign successfully raised awareness of why the Sustainable Development Goals should be at the centre of education. Across the institution, 38 educators pledged to include the Sustainable Development Goals within their teaching, learning and assessments during the week. The week ran 18th-22nd February 2019 and resulted in over 3,000 Exeter students having the SDGs integrated in to their learning experience that week.

Below are the final leaderboards and a small selection of photos from the week can be viewed here. Thank you to all those involved in making it such a huge success - plans are already underway to make it bigger and better in 2020.

Leaderboard (% of students reached)   Leaderboard (teaching staff pledged
1st Place University of Exeter   1st Place University of Exeter
2nd Place De Montford University   2nd Place UWE, Bristol
3rd Place Canterbury Christ Church   3rd Place Canterbury Christ Church

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals aim to end poverty, achieve prosperity and protect the planet by 2030. Education is vital if all 17 goals are to be achieved. 

With 85% of students agreeing or strongly agreeing that the Sustainable Development Goals should be actively incorporated and promoted by universities; start the conversation and include the Sustainable Development Goals within their teaching, learning and assessments. A number of Exeter academics are already offering some great SDG-related courses through Future Learn here.

New GSI Masters programme 

The University's Global Systems Institute is launching a new Masters programme in 2019. This innovative and interdisciplinary programme will challenge students to critically evaluate and propose solutions to a range of contemporary sustainability challenge; providing students with the experience and skills to become an agent of change for a sustainable future. More information can be here.

  • Stewart Barr, Director of Education and Professor of Geography
  • John Heathershaw, Director of Impact and Associate Professor of Politics
  • Sarah Hartley, Senior Lecturer in Management
  • Nils-Christian Bormann, Lecturer in Politics
  • Gregorio Bettiza, Lecturer in International Relations
  • Jamie Stevens, Associate Professor of Molecular Ecology
  • Beverley Hawkins, Director of Education, Associate Professor of Leadership & Organisational Studies 
  • Melvyn Hillsdon, Associate Professor in Sports and Health Science
  • Adrian Bailey, Senior Lecturer in Management
  • Michael Winter, Professor of Land Economy & Society
  • Dawn Lees, Curriculum and Work-related Learning Manager
  • Rachel Sloan, Work-related Learning Coordinator
  • James Dyke, Senior Lecturer in Global Systems
  • Damien Mansell, Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
  • Jonathan Cinnamon, Lecturer in Human Geography
  • Alison Hill, Senior Lecturer in Biosciences
  • David Studholme, Associate Professor in Bioinformatics
  • Mick Dumper, Professor in Middle East Politics
  • James Marks, Lecturer in Accounting
  • Chris Perry, Professor in Tropical Coastal Geoscience
  • Salah Troudi, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education
  • Stephen Hickman, Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies
  • Steffen Boehm, Professor in Organisation and Sustainability
  • Joanne Connell, Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management
  • Ulrike Zitzlsperger, Associate Professor of German
  • Baris Yuce, Lecturer in Engineering Management
  • Dr Rosey Davies, Academic Skills Adviser
  • John Shanahan, Academic Skills Adviser
  • Simon Allington, Peer Support Co-ordinator
  • Dr Rachel Canter, Academic Skills Adviser
  • Kelly Louise Preece, Researcher Development Manager (PGRs)
  • Lynette Mitchell, Professor in Greek History and Politics
  • Saffron O'Neill, Associate Professor in Geography
  • Neville Morley, Professor in Classics and Ancient History
  • Stephane Baele, Senior Lecturer in International Politics
  • Dunia Urrego, Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Geography - Dr Damien Mansell

GIS for Professionals students applied their skills to embrace the Sustainable Development Goals ‘Teach-in’ by developing sustainable Operations Dashboards for Exeter Streatham Campus. This new module led by Dr Damien Mansell focuses on students applying spatial analysis and mapping skills to the work place, including work-relevant assessment . The University Sustainability office Joel Smith came to a lecture pitching for an updated and interactive sustainable map. Students worked in groups to meet the client’s needs, producing an Operations Dashboard and a sales pitch video. Example outputs can be seen here: Operations Dashboard

Sales Pitch for Sustainable Development map and app

Sales Pitch for Sustainable Development map and app

The work was weeks long but as part of the NUS Sustainable Development Goals ‘Teach in’, Damien re-purposed the content of the students maps and set them to produce a 3D version in a computer practical session.  The sustainable development goals which were specifically being addressed included sustainable  cities and communities (i.e. Streatham Campus) but students extended this out to include affordable and clean energy by looking at energy consumption and use of solar panels of campus buildings, and some groups looked at the life on land goal by looking at biodiversity of green spaces on campus.