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1. Sustainability in the Curriculum meeting: Carbon literacy

Come along to the next meeting continuing our focus on carbon literacy. Wednesday, 20th April from 2pm to 4pm in University Place, Room 6.206. Dr Chris Stone (MMU) and Lucy Millard (UoM) will discuss current and prospective activities relating to the Carbon Literacy Project. Chris Stone will present an overview and evaluation assessment of an innovative ‘carbon literacy’ (CL) education and training programme delivered to undergraduate students studying MMU postgraduate degree programmes in 2014-15. Lucy Millard will talk about initial plans for a carbon literacy accreditation scheme for staff at the UoM. As is usual in these meetings there will be opportunities for discussion around the theme.

20th EAUC Annual Conference, which will take place at the University of the West of England (UWE) on 25th - 26th May 2016. See website for details:

Piloting the sustainability grand challenge

In May 2014 community of practice participants  met to discuss the UoM Sustainable World Grand Challenge pilot event. The event was piloted in order to gain insights into how to approach future ‘grand challenge’ signature events. The Sustainable World event is one of three potential ‘grand challenge’ events being considered as an offer to all UG students at the University. The first year event will address sustainability issues, and in the successive two years the topics will be ‘social justice’ and ‘work place ethics’.

Helen Dobson, one of the organisors of the event, gave a talk on aspects of it


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Key points made at the meeting were summarized


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Since the meeting in May  a Sustainability Signature event took place in the UoM Freshers week. There will be a CoP meeting in 2015 where we  reflect on that event (dates to be confirmed).

The Curio Challenge

The CoP community is finding effective ways of integrating ‘sustainability’ into the curriculum at the UoM. This post on the Curio Challenge briefly summarizes key themes covered thus far. You can participate in the Curio Challenge by going to the Forum link and clicking the link Curio Challenge.



The Curio Challenge

The Curio Challenge was conceived as a means of conceptualizing and conveying the links between sustainability and different disciplines, particularly those disciplines not ordinarily associated with sustainability.

People choose an artefact or symbol that, for them, epitomizes the connection between sustainability and their discipline.  The activity offers the ‘thinking space’ for people to work out how they are interpreting the notion of sustainability.    The  idea is that the curios act as prompts  which others will use  to try to guess  the link between sustainability and the academics’ discipline as perceived by the academic. This activity we hope, will   engender  interdisciplinary discussion, offering  academics new perspectives on their own disciplinary area and  a basis for interdisciplinary course design. The activity will take place in a number of stages. In the first stage  we are simply trying to get examples of artefacts or symbols from people with brief reflections on the connections they see between the artefact and their discipline or work.

In one of our first meetings, academics and a member of Manchester Museum staff talked about their Curio ( Click here for notes on the meeting). Examples of the curios can be found in the  ‘Forum’ space  under the Curio Challenge link. The challenge is being taken up also by  individuals beyond the academy.

We’re hoping that easy access to the  forum area, where  people can load their curios, will enthuse people to engage in the challenge.






The Living Lab

On  October the 15th the community discussed ways of integrating campus or city-based sustainability related activities and projects into the curriculum, and the potential value of ‘place-based’ activities within the curriculum.


The Living Lab is keen to support such activity and Ross Jones presented the work of the Living Lab.  Ross introduced the Living Lab approach and how it can be used to facilitate collaboration and innovation in cities and on the campus. He demoed the Living Lab website (  and discussed what it offers to staff and students. He discussed the  key role students can play as agents of change, and how Living Lab is working to facilitate more student-led sustainability projects on campus and in the city.

See Ross’s Powerpoint here: The Living Lab