Communities of Practice
The EAUC is committed to supporting our Members to exchange ideas, skills and experience. Our network now comprises over 4,500 colleagues in universities, colleges and learning and skills institutions. To encourage more specialist learning and information sharing, we seek out and launch a range of Communities of Practice (CoP) to support focused and efficient networking.
The success of these groups is crucial to the EAUC's delivery of its mission and vision so we have recently reviewed the role of these groups and the vital support we must offer them to allow them to function efficiently and to offer wider Membership value. We have outlined an EAUC groups strategy to clearly communicate this.
Communities of Practice allows student access to discussions and meetings. This access is aimed for those with a real interest in sustainability issues, such as:
- Learners with an academic interest in sustainability or environmental studies
- Students who are engaged in sustainability through their student union, as a green champion or an active member of an institution’s own sustainability project.
If you are a student or staff at a student union that would be interested in joining a CoP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, specifiying whether you're a student/at a student union and please tell us why you wish to join the CoP. Find resources for students here.
LiFE tip: Communities of Practice are ideal forums to share ideas, insight and practices that can help you progress in LiFE, if you’re using it to plan and self-assess your sustainability performance. If you're focusing on a particular Framework and would like to start a new group, please get in touch. Find more LiFE tips here.
UK wide groups
For those wanting to facilitate the sharing of ideas, experience and best practice related to waste in universities and colleges.
For those wanting to facilitate the sharing of ideas, experience and best practice related to living labs in universities and colleges.
For those wanting to facilitate the sharing of ideas, experience and best practice related to ISO 14001 in universities and colleges.
For those wanting to facilitate the sharing of ideas, experience and best practice related to biodiversity in universities and colleges.
For those who work with energy and water in a university or college and wish to share best practice and learn from one another.
For those wanting to facilitate the sharing of ideas, experience and best practice related to fair trade in universities and colleges.
For university and college travel and transport planning professionals.
In partnership with the Higher Education Academy for further and higher education sustainability professionals.
For those wanting to share and learn from each others' experience in the important area of green ICT.
For those wanting to identify with the challenges of changing the behaviour of staff and students.
For universities and colleges that undertake carbon intensive research.
For those who either work or study in a university or college who are looking to reach their self-leadership potential.
Scotland based groups - Topic Support Networks (TSN)
Scotland’s universities and colleges have publicly declared their intention to address the challenges of climate change and reduce their carbon footprints by signing the Universities and Colleges Climate Commitment for Scotland (UCCCfS) - this programme is delivered by the EAUC and funded by the Scottish Funding Council. As part of this, Topic Support Networks (TSN) were created to facilitate groups of people working together on a specific sustainability subject that is relevant to Scottish colleges and universities.
There are 9 Topic Support Networks - find out more.