UWTSD launches new introduction to Well-Being for Future Generations Act course


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is launching a new short course that has been designed as an introduction to the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. 

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The course will focus on the seven well-being goals and the sustainable development principle of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act. It was launched by the University’s Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) as an extra-curricular certificate that will be available bilingually to both staff and students.

The Act came into force in April 2016 and puts a legal responsibility on the Welsh public sector, including the Welsh Government, to improve the economic, social environmental and cultural well-being of Wales by taking action, in accordance with the sustainable development principles.  As former Environment Minister, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Sustainability and External Engagement Dr Jane Davidson was the original architect of this Act. As Director of INSPIRE, she also aims to embed sustainability throughout the university’s culture, campus and curriculum.

The launch took place on 13th October as part of Go Green Day, a national day of action organised by the charity Size of Wales. 

Tom Yearley, Head of Sustainability Delivery, said: “The Sustainable Development and Well-Being of Future Generations certificate is a great way for staff and students who are interested in sustainable development to receive an introduction into some of the facts, the debates, and the challenges. A quarter of employed people in Wales work in the public sector, and since all public bodies are required to comply with the Well-Being of Future Generations Act, this is a fantastic way to prepare our students for future employment. As a University, we are committed to embedding sustainability into our curriculum, our workspaces and our culture as an institution. This short course is a good way for our staff and students to develop the way in which they can make daily choices that will have a long-term, positive impact on our University and our environment.”

The development of the certificate has been led by Dr Carolyn Hayles, who has been working with a team of academics from the University.  As Academic Lead for INSPIRE, Dr Hayles is responsible for promoting sustainability teaching across the University as well as developing the research profile of INSPIRE.  She said: “I am very excited to be launching this course.  Academics from across the University’s faculties are supporting the course and we have subject experts running each of the sessions.  We hope to have students (and staff) from different disciplines interacting online together to debate sustainable development and the well-being themes of the Act.” 

Amongst the resources that will be available will be a series of animations that were created by animation and illustration students from UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art that will form part of the teaching materials.  Charlotte Preston and Liam Coghlin are now third year animation students at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art. They collaborated with recent illustration graduates Luke St John, Lucy Littler and Artist-in-Residence Natasha John to produce the animations which will feature in the course.

Available to any student or staff member interested in understanding more about Sustainable Development and the WFGA, the shape and delivery of the Certificate has been devised for on-line learning and is similar to the delivery model used when developing content for a MOOC. There are 8 ten-minute videos describing the Sustainable Development or Well-being Goals (including 1 introductory session). Each unit comes with further reading, case studies, websites resources, a quiz and questions for the online discussion forum.

Further Information

For further information, please email: press@uwtsd.ac.uk