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By 2030 our aim is that every student will graduate from this university with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the increasing environmental and social impacts of their chosen careers.

When it comes to incorporating sustainability in our curriculum across all our faculties, our aim is to enhance our students employability by promoting competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way.  

We do this by ensuring there are plenty of opportunities to learn from industry and each other as we remain guided by our central purpose to be student-focused, professions-facing and society-shaping. 

We have an Education for Sustainability sub-group of the Strategic Environmental Sustainability Group focused on this work with the aim to develop a framework that can be rolled out across the University.  

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing

Sunderland Medical School hopes to create a nurturing environment where sustainable healthcare education is seamlessly integrated into the curriculum. For example, lectures on air pollution, sustainable eating and sustainability is also being integrated into clinical skills and the patient journey.

Our Healthcare Technicians are also working hard to reduce single use plastic use while maintaining a realistic learning environment for students. 

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Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries

Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries is taking a faculty wide approach to embedding sustainability into the teaching and experiences available to students.

There have been many achievements including, Media Production joining the BAFTA Albert education partnership to teach students the importance of creating sustainable content. Also, Art and Design have introduced a new Art and Design Global Challenges Scholarship. 

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Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism

Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism has been a signatory member of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) since 2018.

As part of the Business Management Skills Development, students took part in the 'Take 25 Challenge' where they had to maximise a £25 investment and raise as much money as possible for the Children's Foundation. The integration of employability skills, real-world applications and social responsibility creates a dynamic learning experience for the students.

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Faculty of Technology

Within the Faculty of Technology there are two programmes with a focus on sustainability, demonstrating the growing need to reduce environmental impact and reliance on natural resources when creating products or services.

Our Sustainability in Engineering roundtable allowed academics and alumni to discuss the importance of working more sustainably.

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Faculty of Education and Society

The Faculty of Education and Society has developed a plan with the goal of increasing the knowledge, visibility and implementation of the SDGs, and have carried out an initial sustainability audit to ascertain current levels of knowledge and confidence in the subject matter.