An evaluation of the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) Green Academy organisational change programme, launched today, identifies long-lasting and interrelated effects for participating institutions.
Green Academy was launched in 2011 to help higher education institutions to embed education for sustainable development (ESD) into the overall student experience. This second evaluation report (the first carried out in 2012) designed to assess the nature and impact of curriculum developments covers seven institutions from the original 2011 programme: Bristol University, Canterbury Christ Church University, Keele University, University of Nottingham, University of Southampton, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and University of Worcester.
The report discusses the general features of implementing the work of Green Academy teams including the relationship of activities to major curriculum reforms and other general management tools. It also looks at the progress teams have made in developing modules and programmes in the formal curriculum, as well as opportunities in the informal curriculum, and the nature of staff development activities.
The report authors, Dr Andrew McCoshan and Professor Stephen Martin, highlight two identifiable long-term effects. First, that participation in Green Academy has enabled institutions to set foundations for giving sustainability greater legitimacy and longevity. Second, that those taking part in Green Academy have been placed in a position to lead sustainability implementation and respond positively to events as they happen.