23rd October 2018
University Centre South Devon (UCSD) was full of activity as part of its annual Sustainability Week.
With aims to create awareness and change our own efforts amongst staff and students, the Sustainability Week provides an opportunity for all to learn more about the current global environment concerns and the positive differences we can make by ‘going green’.
The week saw a variety of activity such as interactive displays being created in the University reception, a special screening of the film Race and Extinction and most notably a special hosting of the United Nations’ Goals for Sustainability Development conference.
The conference consisted of numerous engaging and inspiring talks. Students and staff alike heard from Paul Martin (Devon Wildlife Trust), Dr Andrea Gaion (UK Blue Shark Project and Lecturer at UCSD), Lisa Stroud (Sparx), Isabel Carlisle (The Bioregional Learning Centre) and Karl O’Neill (The Conservation Project) on the impact we each have on the environment. Also, the audience heard from UCSD’s Thea Jones on volunteering opportunities across the South Devon and wider regions to help tackle the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Following on from the huge success of the conference, UCSD alongside South Devon College, plan to set up a new Sustainability Group for the current academic year. The group will further increase the focus on bringing sustainability to life across curriculum, promoting sustainable living through additional volunteering opportunities and projects within the community.
UCSD has been awarded the highest rating of ‘Gold’ under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), a system for recognising excellent teaching and learning in higher education. The continued growth of the university-level provision is testament to UCSD’s status as a leading provider of higher education study in the South West. UCSD is continuously developing and improving new and existing courses and pathways to jobs at all levels with even more possibilities for the future as it hopes to secure foundation degree awarding powers.
To find out more about wide variety of courses the university offers, visit our next Open Evening, on Thursday 8th November, 4:30pm-7pm at the Vantage Point Campus, Long Road, Paignton, TQ4 7EJ. Alternatively you can call 08000 21 31 81 or email [email protected]
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