Engaging with our students
Thursday 25 May 2017
The National Union of Students (NUS) recognises that sustainability can and should be embedded into any curriculum. To that end the sustainability team have been working with academics from a variety of departments to ensure sustainability is an integral part of the University curriculum.
The team has been working with first year media, arts and communications students on a consultancy project with the help of Venture Matrix. We asked these students to create promotional videos for us, which we can use at University open days and to support our sustainability behaviour change campaigns. Whilst being a great resource for us, this has also given the students experience with working with clients which will be a valuable skill in their future careers. You can view the videos on our YouTube channel.
Sheffield Hallam sustainability were also given the opportunity to lecture second year criminology students on food waste at the University. This lecture supported them in their assessed project on food waste initiatives that can support vulnerable people. Sheffield Business School also asked the sustainability team to deliver a lecture to visiting Spanish exchange students on how the University ensures sound, environmentally sustainable, operational practice in all its activities.
Lecturing is not the only way to encourage student engagement with sustainability, as demonstrated by the Physical Education and Sport Coaching courses. The course leaders hold an annual trip for first year students to an outdoor activity camp, where the students not only learn about the natural environment but develop their team work, problem solving skills and confidence. These trips have received fantastic feedback from students and is a University experience they cherish.
Sheffield Hallam recognises that it is providing education for the future leaders of the world and so it is important to teach sustainable values. The sustainability team will be continuing to work with all faculties to encourage this.