Teaching and learning
Equipping students with the skills they need for their careers and also their lives is core to what the University does. 'Green skills' are a key part.
Green skills are the knowledge, abilities, values and attitudes needed to live in, develop and support a sustainable and resource-efficient society.
Why are teaching and learning important?
One of the most impactful ways the University can make the world a better place is by ensuring that students who pass through our doors leave with the knowledge and confidence they need to influence the people and systems they go on to encounter for the better. For people and the planet.
Every subject area has the potential to incorporate social responsibility and sustainability, or 'green skills'.
As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.
The following initiatives are embedding green skills into both the curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
View elective modules and degree programmes that include content that contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals.
The University of Edinburgh has made commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Strategy 2030. Reviews of the Business School and School of Geosciences have taken place.
We offer a range of training for staff and students, including an online introduction to sustainability, Modern Slavery training, and award-winning Carbon Literacy Training.
The University also offers other training resources such as short online courses, open educational resources, and access to LinkedIn Learning.
Sustainability Leadership and Skills for Students is part of the University’s efforts to provide students with opportunities to critically engage with and learn about the climate crisis and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Based at the University, Learning for Sustainability Scotland is one of the United Nations University Regional Centres of Expertise for Education for Sustainable Development.
These are networks of formal, non-formal and informal education organisations, mobilised to deliver learning for sustainability to local and regional communities.
Learning for Sustainability Scotland reports on sustainability in education for the UK government and UNESCO as part of the UK's national efforts to meet SDG 4 (Quality Education).