Community Engagement

Background

Colleges and universities are communities. Like the wider community they have a varied demographic – from young students to experienced operational staff; academics to sustainability professionals. The knowledge, skills and awareness of and interest in sustainability issues varies as it does in the wider population. The difference in colleges and universities is that we have a duty to educate and inform, to lead by example, to communicate and engage as part of the educational process.

Our students will go on to be practitioners and leaders in their chosen fields. The principles of sustainability can help them make the most of their student experience, curriculum and future career paths, opening up new routes to understanding. Art and science together have a key role to play in how we become more aware and tackle the issues of climate change, whether it’s through building better buildings, communicating through our creative industries, exploring science, producing better political leaders, or helping graduates apply better principles to their future work, whatever that may be.

Communicating and engaging is key to this process. How do those with an interest in or responsibility for sustainability issues interact with our students and staff, and wider community members, to raise awareness and encourage people to understand their own responsibilities within our community and beyond?

Our group is open to all staff and students at UK colleges and universities, and we welcome those without a direct environmental focus to their study or work; there are connections to sustainable principles across every role.

Contact John, Convenor of the group, to learn more.

Next meeting

Autumn 2017. Details to be confirmed.

If you have any suggestions for topics to discuss or potential speakers then please contact rpetford@eauc.org.uk.

Previous Meetings

Thursday 2nd February 2017 at Glasgow School of Art. For details, presentations and minutes, please click here.

Friday 26th August 2016 at University of Dundee. For details, presentations and minutes, please click here.

Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at Glasgow School of Art. For details, presentations and minutes, please click here.

Thursday 16 April 2015 at the University of Edinburgh. For details, presentations and minutes, please click here.

Friday 28 November 2014 at Glasgow School of Art. For details, presentations and minutes, please click here.

Thursday 26 June 2014 at the Glasgow School of Art. For details, presentations and minutes, please click here.

Monday 18 November 2013 at the University of St Andrews. For details, presentations and minutes, please click here.

Tuesday 23 October 2012 at the University of Strathclyde.

Wednesday 11 July 2012 at the University of Edinburgh. For details, presentations and minutes, please click here.

Contact Information

The convenor for the Community Engagement TSN is:

John Thorne, Glasgow School of Art

email: J.Thorne@gsa.ac.uk

To join the JiscMail Network for the Promoting Positive Behaviour TSN and recieve updates on meetings, please contact us.

Community Engagement
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