Design and evaluate the impact of a central programme of carbon literacy education.
Universities are positioned as central to offering educational experiences which encourage graduates to actively commit to a more sustainable vision of the future in their professional and personal lives (Advance HE / QAA, 2021). The University of Derby has responded to this in various ways, including identifying Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as one of four new curriculum design principles (Curriculum Design Framework, 2022). The work of embedding ESD into the curriculum has begun, as part of a wider Student Success Programme.
ESD embraces multiple elements, including carbon literacy: an informed understanding of climate change, the carbon consequences of our everyday decisions and actions, and a motivation to reduce emissions at an individual level and beyond. We aspire towards carbon literate graduates with a future-focused mindset, who can be agents for positive, sustainable, change. This goal also aligns well with the University’s Zero Carbon academic theme, one of six topics which inform the planning of the University’s teaching and research activities.
Inspired by initial work in the Business School, the University of Derby is committed to offer carbon literacy education to all students. This will be available online as an asynchronous resource and it is anticipated it will be hosted on the Develop@Derby platform, a central resource focused on the provision of key academic and personal development skills for our students.
This project will initially focus on the development of the carbon literacy education programme, refining and developing existing resources which have been created in the Business School. It will then move on to the substantive research project of evaluating the use and embedding of this new resource and the impact it has on student learners.