In line with our new strategy, one of our goals is to facilitate research and knowledge exchange.

We recognise that in order to facilitate post-16 education in laying the foundations for a sustainable future, we need to drive continual improvement and innovation in the sector and beyond. We will harness the wealth of experience and knowledge of our members to ensure on-going creation and dissemination of knowledge in sustainability.

We aim to be a platform for research, thought pieces, best practice guides and innovative resources.

Here is our most recent research:

Living Labs Research: A Revolution for Post-16 Education

It is time for collective action. If we are going to reduce the ever-increasing pressure on university and college academics, researchers, students and professional staff, we need a better way to collaborate together.
EAUC has launched its Living Labs Research. A university or college Living Lab is where real-world institutional problems are addressed in new dynamic partnerships between all the institution's stakeholder groups. A Living Lab facilitates a bridge of collaboration which liberates intellectual potential to address its own practical challenges. Surprisingly, a Lab does not necessarily demand a significant amount of additional resource; it simply helps identify existing resources and redirects them to the right problems.

Start by reading our overview of this research here:

Living Labs Brief: What are they? And why are they crucial for post-16 education?


If you want to develop your understanding of where the Living Lab sits within a post-16 institution read:

A Revolution for Post-16 Education - Part 1: A Case for the Living Lab


If you want to understand the academic research behind the Living Lab concept read:

A Revolution for Post-16 Education - Part 2: How do Living Labs Work? 


Next Generation Sustainability Strategy and Structure 

As universities and colleges reflect on how they can contribute towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and question how to advance on their own journeys towards sustainability, the concept of a whole-institution approach is gaining substantial interest, with a variety of interpretations emerging as to how this might be implemented in practice. EAUC commissioned the research paper ‘Next Generation Sustainability Strategy and Structure’ to help members understand the current sustainability landscape in tertiary education.

Read the full report here and additional case studies here.

EAUC launches new research on sustainability reporting tools

The EAUC has released new mapping research that looks at the wide ranging sustainability reporting tools available to UK post-16 education sector.

Navigating through the increasingly complex landscape of sustainability reporting tools often seems a daunting task. In response, the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) has initiated this project to help sustainability professionals critically evaluate those tools and facilitate their institutions’ orientation in sustainability assessment and reporting. The mapping also helps providers see which areas of sustainability their tools cater for and if there are any areas within their tool that could receive more attention.

Click here to find out more and read the full report.




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