“The Future Skills Initiative is the next step in UEA’s strategy to ensure that sustainability becomes more deeply embedded in the educational experience of our students via the development of key skills and capacities.
Our students are the next generation of senior managers, decision-makers, employers and agents of change in organisations of all kinds and the Future Skills Initiative will help to ensure that they are able to contribute in a positive way to practice and thinking around sustainability issues”.
– Adam Longcroft (former Academic Director for Taught Programmes)
Initially funded through a teaching fellowship, UEA's formal work on Education for Sustainable Development began in 2011. The Future Skills Initiative was further developed through The Higher Education Green Academy Change Programme: a student-staff collaboration to deepen employability skills.
UEA has two broad aims through the FSI:
- To articulate the relationship between our academic disciplines and emerging sustainability concepts to inform teaching, learning and research.
- To link sustainability teaching, research, and practice to improve student experience and employability.
Enhancing the student learning experience is fundamental to the Future Skills approach. This is being achieved through implementation of a collaborative model of academic practice which promotes staff-student discussion for the development of ESD along with deepening employability and leadership skills.
The UEA Living Lab will provide practical projects on campus to both enhance the UEA learning experience and improve campus sustainability.