HEFCE consultation on Sustainable Development Framework until 7 February 2014

SML-HEFCE-consul-cover-logoThe consultation on a sustainable development framework for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will remain open until noon on 7 February 2014. As part of this process, two events will be held in Leeds and London in January 2014.


WEBCAST | HEFCE Sustainable Development Framework Consultation | London event | 30 January 2014, 10.30am–3.15pm | Registration form http://view6.workcast.net/register?pak=5206429876747473


HEFCE and sustainable development in higher education

‘Sustainable development is central to HEFCE’s work with the higher education sector,’ says Steve Egan, Interim Chief Executive of HEFCE, ‘Students are eager for universities to maintain their high level of commitment to sustainable development, and we are looking carefully at what more we can do to enrich and support the sector’s work.’

Having set out a vision of how higher education could contribute to sustainable development in 2005, HEFCE has promoted and supported English universities’ work on sustainable development in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Provision of funding for universities’ projects, most recently through the Revolving Green Fund and the Students’ Green Fund
  • Development of a carbon reduction target and strategy for the sector in 2010
  • Supporting the development and dissemination of good practice


Consultation on HEFCE’s sustainable development framework

Now, HEFCE is reviewing how it supports English higher education’s contribution to sustainable development and is consulting on a framework for its future work.

Through this consultation, the body proposes a new vision of how English higher education could contribute to sustainable development, with an emphasis on the sector’s leadership role in society.

The consultation document sets out some of the ways the sector can contribute to sustainable development and proposes an overall framework for how HEFCE will support sustainable development in the sector. It encompasses HEFCE’s earlier policy statements on sustainable development and carbon reduction, and will influence its future funding.

This consultation seeks comments from everyone in higher education, including students, academic staff and senior leaders.

The key documents of this consultation are:

  • The consultation document: Sustainable development in higher education: Consultation on a framework for HEFCE (November 2013 | ref: 2013/31)
  • Two main supporting documents: Sustainable development in higher education: 2008 update to strategic statement and action plan (HEFCE 2009/03) | Carbon reduction target and strategy for higher education in England (HEFCE 2010/01)

The consultation document is structured as follows:

General principles:

  • Why sustainable development is important: the national and international context
  • The important role of universities and colleges of higher education
  • How HEFCE intends to support the sector

Specific themes: Supporting students | Education for sustainability | Research | A modern sustainable economy | Business operations | Information and analysis | HEFCE operations

HEFCE refers to the actions and vision articulated in this consultation as a framework in order to embark on a coherent longer-term engagement.

Please email comments and feedback to sustainabledevelopment@hefce.ac.uk by noon on Friday 7 February 2014.


Two consultation events in January 2014

Two consultation events will also be held on 9 January in Leeds and 30 January 2014 in London. They aim to celebrate progress and achievements in higher education, to provide a discussion forum for future actions and to facilitate networking on sustainable development.

At the Leeds event, to be held at The Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ, the speakers will include Professor Dame Julia King (Vice-Chancellor Aston University, Committee on Climate Change) and Professor David Hogg (Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds).

Among the speakers at the London event (Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SN) will be Nigel Carrington (Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London) and David Pencheon (National Health Service).

Steve Egan, HEFCE’s Interim chief executive, and Dom Anderson (Vice-President Society and Citizenship, National Union of Students) will be speaking at both events.

Image from HEFCE website



Enquiries on the consultation: Andrew Smith, a.smith@hefce.ac.uk, 0117 931 7001

Enquiries on the consultation events: Elizabeth Shah, e.shah@hefce.ac.uk, 0117 931 7391

HEFCE news post on the consultation http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/newsarchive/2013/news83727.html

HEFCE Sustainable Development Framework http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/lgm/sd/framework/

Sustainable development in higher education: Consultation on a framework for HEFCE (consultation document and response form available for downloading from this page) http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2013/201331/

Events on the HEFCE Sustainable development framework consultation http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/events/2013/events83604.html

Free registration for the events https://www.hefce.ac.uk/booking/event/susdev2014/

LinkedIn Group: HEFCE’s Sustainable Development Framework consultation: Have your say http://www.linkedin.com/groups/HEFCE-s-Sustainable-Development-Framework-7425360?home=&gid=7425360&trk=anet_ug_hm

Twitter @HEFCE #SDframework

Sustainable development page on HEFCE website http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/lgm/sd/

Sustainable development strategy http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/lgm/sd/sdstrategy/

Revolving Green Fund http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/lgm/sd/rgf/

Carbon reduction target and strategy for higher education in England http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2010/201001/

Links to sustainable development organisation and resources http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/lgm/susdevresources/strategy/

Students’ Green Fund website of NUS (National Union of Students) UK http://www.studentsgreenfund.org.uk/

UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit http://www.unep.org/Training/docs/Greening_University_Toolkit.pdf


Related news posts on Sustainable University News website (this website):

Online consultation on QAA/HEA draft guidance on ESD for UK higher education open until 3 January 2014 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/online-consultation-on-qaahea-draft-guidance-on-esd-for-uk-higher-education-open-until-3-january-2014-2/

COPERNICUS conf: Leadership in a Changing World: Higher education, sustainability and the new Global Action Programme on ESD https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/copernicus-conf-leadership-in-a-changing-world-higher-education-sustainability-and-the-new-global-action-programme-on-esd/

QAA/HEA ESD Guidance Document for UK higher education goes under consultation https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/qaahea-esd-guidance-document-for-uk-higher-education-goes-under-consultation/

House of Commons launch: UK’s Rio+20 Manifesto to strengthen education’s role in sustainable development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/house-of-commons-launch-uks-rio20-manifesto-to-strengthen-educations-role-in-sustainable-development/

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) London Conference 2014: Call for Papers https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/education-for-sustainable-development-esd-london-conference-2014-call-for-papers/

Times Higher Education Awards 2013: Greenwich wins Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/times-higher-education-awards-2013-greenwich-wins-outstanding-contribution-to-sustainable-development/

ESD has made inroads in new pedagogical ideas in future flexible higher education – HEA report https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/esd-has-made-inroads-in-new-pedagogical-ideas-in-future-flexible-higher-education-hea-report/

Green Gown Awards 2013 – Winners and Highly Commended https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/green-gown-awards-2013-winners-and-highly-commended-2/

Manchester Metropolitan tops People & Planet Green League 2013 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/manchester-metropolitan-tops-people-planet-green-league-2013/

HEA-NUS Report 2013: Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/hea-nus-report-2013-student-attitudes-towards-and-skills-for-sustainable-development/

UNEP publishes Greening Universities Toolkit https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/unep-publishes-greening-universities-toolkit/

NUS announces 25 Students’ Green Fund projects in England https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/nus-announces-25-students-green-fund-projects-in-england/

New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/new-website-the-guide-to-quality-and-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/new-toolkit-problem-based-learning-a-case-study-of-sustainability-education/


Related posts on The Sustainable University Notes blog

Higher Education’s role in building a sustainable world http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/higher-educations-role-in-building.html

Pathways to a sustainable university http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/pathways-to-sustainable-university.html

EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University (Part 1): curriculum content and delivery http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/education-pathway-to-sustainable.html

Opportunities for integrating sustainability across curricula (Part 2 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/opportunities-for-integrating.html

University of Planetshire approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 3 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/university-of-planetshire-approach-to.html

Outputs of the University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 4 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/outputs-of-university-of-planetshire.html


Related posts on The Sustainable University Diary blog (ESD reflections)

The starting point of our sustainability crisis? http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-starting-point-of-our-sustainability-crisis/

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