Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Take our professional development course for staff: Be Sustainable Advanced

'Be Sustainable Advanced' is a professional development course for staff who want a more in-depth understanding of social responsibility and sustainability, and how to make positive changes in the workplace and at home.

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Our Summer 2019 course has finished. To register your interest in the next course in 2020 please provide us with your email address at the bottom of this page.

The course is a mixture of online and classroom-based learning, and is an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to make sustainability part of their professional development.

The course has been developed in partnership with Learning for Sustainability Scotland incorporating expertise and resources from across the University of Edinburgh.

Course content

The course comprises of:

  • an introductory classroom session
  • six one-hour online modules released fortnightly over fifteen weeks hosted on the University's Learn platform (accessed via MyEd)
  • a mid-point classroom session to check your learning
  • a final classroom session.

The modules are:

  • Community
  • Food
  • Climate Change
  • Waste
  • Travel
  • Wellbeing 

Each module contains materials in three sections - the first looks at the issue in a global context, the second in a local Scottish or University context, and the third looks at what this means for us as individuals at home or in the workplace.

Modules are released online every fortnight for participants to complete at their desks as part of professional and personal development time. Each module takes one - two hours to complete, and participants have two weeks to complete it. It is advised that participants seek approval from their line manager to complete the course during work time as part of professioanl development.

Learning outcomes

By taking this course you will be able to:

  • understand the importance of sustainable behaviours on personal, institutional, and global levels
  • recognise how we can all contribute to change and the positive impact of small changes
  • feel empowered as an individual to take practical steps and changes to be more sustainable and socially responsible
  • appreciate the value of community and the link between the personal and professional aspects of people’s lives
  • identify your scope of influence in implementing change across your workplace.

Dates

The dates for the course are as follows:

Wednesday 26th June 2019

0915 registration

0930 - 1200 classroom

Introductory classroom session
Wednesday 26th June AM Community module released
Monday 15th July AM Food module released
Monday 29th July AM Climate Change module released
Monday 12th August

AM

Waste module released
Wednesday 28th August

0915 registration

0930 - 1100 classroom

Mid-point classroom session
Monday 26th August AM Travel module released
Monday 9th September AM Wellbeing module released
Wednesday 9th October

0915 registration

0930 - 1200 classroom

Final classroom session

person project presentations

Requirements

  • Participants should have a desire to learn about the importance of sustainable behaviours in the workplace.
  • Participants do not need any prior knowledge in sustainability - this will be covered in the course.
  • Participants will need access to a computer or smart device, such as a mobile phone or tablet, in order to complete the modules.
  • Participants should be available for the classroom sessions.
  • Participants should seek approval from their line manager to complete the course in work time. There are six modules released fortnightly, and each module takes one - two hours to complete.

Register for Be Sustainable Advanced

If you would like to register your interest for the next Be Sustainable Advanced course, please enter your email address below. We'll be back in touch soon to confirm if you would like a place on the course.