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Research and Education

Research and Education

King's can have a significant positive impact on sustainability through research and education. Therefore, these areas wil be part of our next Climate Action Strategy, and have dedicated groups within the King's Climate Action Network. 

 

Research

We have made the commitment that through world-leading and outward-looking research focused on meeting societal need, King’s will make the world a better place. Our research strategy outlines how this will be achieved, including the King’s Together initiative to support multi- and inter-disciplinary research. The King’s together initiative promotes a combination of healthy lives, culture and identity, and social justice in order to achieve sustainable growth.

Research staff across King's are working on challenges surrounding climate and sustainability, and a review of climate and sustainability research at King's found 13 research centres and hubs, as well as more than 230 researchers working on climate and sustainability issues. We have collated our findings on the Climate at King's pages, showcasing research, education, action, and events and news from across King's related to climate and sustainable development. 

Staff and researchers wishing to improve the sustainability of their research activities can take part in our LEAF scheme, run as part of Sustainability Champions

 

Education

Our Education Strategy, and approach to Education for Sustainable Development

The King's Education Strategy, launched in 2017, sets out six strategic goals for education at King's. One of these is embedding civic engagement and service learning across King's. This reaffirms our commitment to making the world a better place, linked to the Service Strategy and our Strategic Vision 2029

King's offers a range of courses and modules related to the environment and sustainability. In 2021/22, we have carried out a student-led SDG curriculum audit across the university, auditing modules not only for their link to the SDGs, but also mapping against Education for Sustainable Development teaching and learning approaches. The draft results from this audit are available here, and this framework will shape our future work on Education for Sustainable Development. 

The curriculum mapping updates our previous work on mapping climate and sustainability modules as part of the King's Climate Action Network in 2020/21 (available here), and our 2016-17 audit of modules against the SDGs which was reported on in our annual Environmental Sustainability Report

 

Resources for embedding ESD into teaching

Following our SDG curriculum mapping, we presented the results and recommendations at the King's Academy Festival in June 2021, including recommendations on how to embed ESD into teaching. 

The recording of the interactive session is available through the King's Academy Festival, or by emailing sustainability@kcl.ac.uk. The results were also presented as a poster during the King's Academy Festival. 

 

Sustainability & Climate KEATS module

King's Sustainability Team has recently developed an online, interdisciplinary KEATS sustainability module, aiming to offer all students and staff at King’s a meaningful understanding of sustainability, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how to take action on the issues which matter to you. The pilot module ran in 2020/21, and will return in 2021/22. 

If you would like to get involved in the further development of the module, you can be part of the Take Action Team, a team of students, staff and alumni co-creating this module. If you’d like to join this team email sustainability@kcl.ac.uk. A sustainability seminar series will also accompany this Sustainability & Climate KEATS module, with an exciting new seminar running each month. 

 

Living Labs

The Sustainability Team also supports the 'Sustainability in Practice' module, launched in 2020/21 in the Department of Geography, by providing on-campus sustainability projects for student projects. This allows students to use our campus as a 'living lab', solve real sustainability challenges, and present the potential solutions to the sustainability team and other stakeholders at King's. To share the experiences made by the module leaders and students, and provide opportunity to learn from it, it was presented as a case study at the 2021 Learning & Teaching Conference. The recording will be made available to staff through the King's Academy channels. 

Students interested in working with the Sustainability team on dissertation projects related to the King's campuses are encouraged to view our list of potential dissertation projects, or contact sustainability@kcl.ac.uk. 

 

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