Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Co-curricular pathways

Students interested in learning more about social responsibility and sustainability issues can participate in new co-curricular pathways, an innovative model which encourages reflective learning.

The pathways promote active student-led learning within and beyond students' main programmes of study, with opportunities for experiential learning on campus and in the community. Students participating in the pathways will develop their skills, knowledge and graduate attributes.

Interdisciplinary research and learning will be promoted through the pathways, providing students across the University, no matter what their degree, the opportunity to learn more about social responsibility and sustainability issues.

New pathways for students

Students will be able to apply and participate in two new exciting pathways for the 2017-18 academic year. The pathways will focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change. Students will develop their knowledge and communication skills, and will be provided with an opportunity to practically apply their learning. 

The pathways are open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students. Places are limited, with each pathway having a cap of 30 students. 

Please register your interest via the form below by Friday 21 September 2018. 

Sustainable Development Goals - Key Information and Dates

The pathway will introduce students to the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals and inspire them to take action. Students will gain a better understanding of what makes good communication when discussing the Goals with individuals and groups. Students will be supported to contribute towards the Goals through the United Nations House Scotland Advocacy Programme.  

Semester One

  • Welcome Event: 2pm - 4pm Wednesday 26 September 2018
  • Edinburgh Award and Starting the Pathway: 2.30pm - 4pm Wednesday 3rd October 2018
  • Session #1 'Inspire': 2.30pm -  4.30pm, Wednesday 31 October 2018
  • Session #2 'Communicate': 2pm - 5.00pm, Wednesday 21 November 2018

Semester Two

  • Edinburgh Award 2nd Session: 4.30pm - 7.00pm, Wednesday 27th February 2019
  • Edinburgh Award Final Session: 12pm - 4pm, Friday 26th April 2019

Please note the following deadlines for Edinburgh Award submissions: Input 2 submission is required on Friday 15th March 2019 and Input 3 final submission is required on Friday 10th May 2019.

Please note that the sessions will normally take place on a Wednesday afternoon to avoid clashes with the academic timetable. 

Climate Change Pathway - Key Information and Dates

The pathway will introduce students to the importance of climate change, inspiring them to take action through the Carbon Literacy Training programme.  Students will gain a better understanding of what makes good communication when discussing climate change with individuals and groups. Students will also apply their knowledge by auditing University departments participating in the Sustainability Awards programme. 

  • Welcome Event: 2pm - 4pm Wednesday 26 September 2018
  • Edinburgh Award and Starting the Pathway: 2.30pm - 4pm Wednesday 3rd October 2018
  • Session #1 'Do': Wednesday 17 October and Wednesday 24 October 2018

Semester Two

  • Session #2 'Communicate': 2pm - 5.00pm, Wednesday 20th February 2019 - Room 4.3, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre
  • Edinburgh Award 2nd Session: 4.30pm - 7.00pm, Wednesday 27th February 2019
  • Carbon Literacy Training: 10am - 5pm, Wednesday 17th April and Wednesday 24th April 2019 (this training will be delivered twice)
  • Edinburgh Award Final Session: 12pm - 4pm, Friday 26th April 2019

Please note the following deadlines for Edinburgh Award submissions: Input 2 submission is required on Friday 15th March 2019 and Input 3 final submission is required on Friday 10th May 2019.

Please note that the sessions will normally take place on a Wednesday afternoon to avoid clashes with the academic timetable. 

Other pathways

Students can also participate in five other pathways which are structured around four key stages. These include awareness raising; knowledge and skills development; mentoring and placements; and a capstone project. Students can complete these over a phased period of three years. The five pathways include the following.

  1. Social enterprise
  2. Sustainability
  3. Global citizenship
  4. Leadership through innovation
  5. Design for well-being

Students who are interested in participating in any of the  pathways can contact matthew.lawson@ed.ac.uk for further information. 

Further information

Please contact us with any questions.

General enquiries

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Contact details

Address

Street

Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability
The Boilerhouse
High School Yards

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH1 1LT