Press Releases 2014-2015

INSPIRE Host Education for Sustainability and Global Citizenship Conference


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) hosted its first ‘Education for Sustainability and Global Citizenship’ (ESDGC) conference at Swansea Business School on the 2nd of June 2015.

Dr Jane Davison, Dr Carolyn Hayles, Professor Simon Haslett

The one-day conference is an opportunity for UWTSD staff to come together and share best practice and case studies in the delivery of ESDGC teaching and learning from across the whole University. The conference provided UWTSD staff with the chance to produce a full conference paper for formal review. Accepted papers will be published in a peer reviewed in-house journal publication. An award for Best Paper will be made to the academic who produces the best piece of work, the winner will be decided over the summer months and will be provided with financial support to attend a conference and present their work.

Academic Lead for INSPIRE, Dr Carolyn Hayles,  who established the event said: “The conference was very successful in bringing academics together from across the university to share their ESDGC practice and present some fantastic examples of best practice in teaching and learning. Going forward, we hope the conference will encourage academics to disseminate their experiences of ESDGC more widely, through international conference contributions and journal publications. In the meantime we intend to make this in-house conference an annual event.”

A number of speakers presented short talks on key issues throughout the conference. These included Sarah Hoss, VocalEyes Pembrokeshire College, on Digital Adventures: Setting out on the path to Active Citizenship and Sustainability, Stacey Coleman, Lecturer in Psychology, UWTSD Swansea on Recognising Sustainability in Psychology: Pitfalls and Promise and Dr Glenda Tinney, Senior Lecturer, School of Early Childhood, UWTSD Carmarthen, on Early Years Education and ESDGC- two sides of the same coin? The closing keynote speech came from Professor Simon Haslett, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales, on Promoting research and scholarship in education for sustainable development and global citizenship: from a personal journey to an institutional approach.

Professor Simon Haslett has had a career in higher education spanning over 20 years, he has published a number of books, over 100 scientific articles, and is also a broadcaster and appears regularly on television, radio and writes articles in the popular press. He is Co-editor of the journal Atlantic Geology and Associate Editor of the Journal of Coastal Research.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David aims to place sustainability at the centre of its delivery and has been working alongside other universities across the UK through the Higher Education Academy's Green Academy programme to embed sustainability within its core operations and culture.  INSPIRE, directed by Dr Jane Davidson, was launched in January 2012, and has developed cross institutional activity in 2013 and 2014.  The University's Strategic Plan commits to embedding sustainability as a core principal across all aspects of the University.

Dr Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE said:

“Sustainable development is about making better decisions using long term values. It is about thinking about the impacts of today’s actions on future generations and learning to live within our environmental limits - it is about balancing social, environmental and economic needs in a way that does not compromise future generations. Through INSPIRE we aim to develop curriculum-related delivery to ensure that our students are provided with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will equip them for their future contribution to the economy, community and environment. To develop our campuses to the highest standards of environmental performance, contribute to our communities by giving particular regard to issues of sustainable rural communities and the development of south west Wales as a low carbon region and develop a research and innovation capacity focused on the core strengths of the University.”

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  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014