4th Sustainability in Higher Education Conference

3 and 4 July 2019 | Swansea Bay Waterfront Campus

Swansea Coastline

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 Swansea Bay Waterfront Campus.
INSPIRE provides a focus for Sustainable Development activities across the University. The conference is being organised in association with RCE CYMRU. 
RCE Cymru 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.


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 conference

This conference is the fourth in a national series, developed in partnership with the Universities of Plymouth and Canterbury Christ Church, and 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;
  • Community-engagement;
  • Teaching and learning space design; and
  • Whole-institutional change.

The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales 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. 

Abstract submission portal is now open.  Please be advised that the submission date for the call for abstracts for the Sustainability in Higher Education (SHE) Conference has been extended. The new date for submissions to be received by is now 31 March 2019.

Please note that while attending the conference is FREE (refreshments will be provided during the evening reception on the 3rd and during morning and afternoon breaks on 4th, as well as lunch on the 4th), delegates will be responsible for paying for their own travel and accommodation, dinner on the 3rd and breakfast on the 4thA conference dinner will be organised for the evening of the 3rd to take place directly after the opening reception. Details to follow.