UWTSD to host 4th Sustainability in Higher Education Conference on July 3 & 4 in Swansea


The 2019 Sustainability in Higher Education conference will be hosted by the Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David at its new SA1 Swansea Waterfront Development on July 3 and 4.

INSPIRE provides a focus for Sustainable Development activities across the University. The conference, with keynote speakers including Professor Juliet Davenport,  OBE, CEO and Founder of Good Energy, is being organised in association with RCE CYMRU which facilitates collaboration to research, develop and promote a greater understanding of sustainability and well-being of current and future generations, and is central to co-developing the sustainable ‘Wales we want’.

This conference is the fourth in a national series, developed in partnership with the Universities of Plymouth and Canterbury Christ Church, and is open to anyone working in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) both nationally and internationally. It aims to bring together, highlight and celebrate both national and international achievements in ESDGC, expressing ESDGC in its widest sense including:

Teaching and learning activities;

Curriculum development and delivery;

Pedagogic research and innovation;

Continuing professional development;


Teaching and learning space design; and

Whole-institutional change.

Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and Sustainability at UWTSD said: “UWTSD is delighted and privileged to host this prestigious conference. Factoring future generations into policy and academic thinking is still in its infancy so it is particularly appropriate that the conference is being held in Wales, where the Welsh Government has committed itself to factor sustainability into all its decisions through the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act. We are looking forward to vigorous debate and discussions on the important issues of the day and would welcome contributions from academics across the world.”

A spotlight on Wales:

Wales has a new Sustainable Development Law.  The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is the first of its kind in the World, where consideration of the well-being of future generations must be central to government decision making.  

In the Act, Sustainable Development means the process of improving the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales by taking actions, aimed at achieving seven Well-being Goals (WBGs).

The Act also provides five ‘Ways of Working’ (long-term, integration, involvement, collaboration, prevention), designed to support sustainable decision-making.  This, alongside the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide Higher Education in Wales with a renewed mandate for public engagement and a timely opportunity to look at what is being achieved in ESDGC and explore and consider the future direction of Higher Education in delivering ESDGC.

The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Sophie Howe, will be joining us at the conference, speaking at our evening reception on 3 July and we will hold a special symposium on the role of Higher Education in delivering Well-being and Sustainable Development Goals, and welcome Welsh, UK and international contributions specific to this specific theme. 

For further information about the conference click here https://uwtsd.ac.uk/sustainability-conference/

Further Information

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