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CSD Staff win Highly Commended Award at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013.

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CSD Staff win Highly Commended Award at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013.
CSD Staff win Highly Commended Award at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013.

ESD MPhil Fieldtrip 2013

A paper by Dr Dick Fenner and Dr Heather Cruickshank has won a Highly Commended Award at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013 (Emerald  Publishing). The paper: "Exploring key sustainable development themes through learning activities"was published in the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education and was chosen following consultation
amongst the journal's Editorial Team, many of whom are eminent academics or practitioners.

The paper was selected as it was "one of the most impressive pieces of work
the team has seen throughout 2012". The paper describes teaching strategies  on the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development with respect to the interactive exercises and assignments the students undertake, and the sustainability learning outcomes these are designed to achieve."

Photo credit: Soo Seng Lee

Key Themes of the Course

Context

The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.

Perspectives

An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions

Change

An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.

Tools

An awareness of a range of assessment frameworks, sustainability metrics and methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Dynamics, Multi-Criteria Decision making and Impact Assessment.