2017 EAUC Annual Conference – Global Goals: Local Action

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the worlds ‘to do’ list for the next thirteen years. Each of the Global Goals is extraordinarily important, and taken together, present us in education with a potent agenda of unprecedented scope and significance.

We celebrate education having its own dedicated Goal (No 4) but that is only the start of it. The 2017 EAUC Annual Conference theme Global Goals: Local Action recognises the critical role universities and colleges across the planet have to play in finding and implementing solutions to climate change and realising the SDG’s on a local level within their communities and beyond.

The packed conference, which is sponsored by Carbon Credentials, will take place on 28–30 March at Lancaster University and will be filled with insight and ideas aimed at delegates from every area of campus life from the further and higher education sector.

Headlining the agenda, we have a number of inspiring keynote sessions which will take place during the main conference on Wednesday 29 – Thursday 30 March 2017. We will welcome Maria Adebowale - Schwarte, Director of the Living Space Project and Julie Hirigoyen, CEO of the UK Green Building Council for a panel session on The Pivotal Role of Education in Creating Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee, Mary Creagh MP, will deliver a keynote providing insight into how the UK Government has allocated responsibility for UK implementation for the Goals, how well Government is facilitating UK activity and what new opportunities exist for the EAUC community to support, influence and deliver education’s transformational contribution to the SDG agenda.

Sessions for Students and Student Union Representatives

Following on from the NUS Student Summit held in November 2016, we have incorporated a number of workshops into the EAUC conference programme that will be particularly relevant for students and students’ union representatives who want to help drive sustainability to the heart of their activities.  

In partnership with NUS, these workshops will provide insight into current ‘hot-topic’ sustainability issues and offer the practical skills needed to make change happen. The conference will bring student officers and institution staff together to promote how working together can lead to success. Relevant sessions are marked in the programme.

Here are a few highlights from the programme:

  • Developing Mass Sustainability Engagement Programmes for Staff and Students - Lucy Millard, Environmental Sustainability Manager - University of Manchester. Sian Yeowell, Learning & Assessment Developer - University of Manchester. Sam Hemsley, Learning & Assessment Developer - University of Manchester
  • How can we Engage our Students in City/Area Transformation? - Chris Willmore, Professor of Sustainability and Law - University of Bristol. James Longhurst, Assistant Vice Chancellor - University of the West of England. Amy Walsh, Sustainability Manager - Bristol Students' Union
  • The Sustainable University Summit - Pursuing Quality Education with Students as Partners - Paul Warwick, Centre for Sustainable Futures Lead - Plymouth University. Joe Bourne, Student Engagement Manager - Lancaster University Students' Union. Zoe Robinson, Director of Education for Sustainability - Keele University. Eleanor Simes, Sustainability Officer - City, University of London
  • A New Fairtrade Universities and Colleges Standard - Jamie Agombar, Head of Sustainability - National Union of Students. Kathy Wise, Education Campaigns Officer - Fairtrade Foundation

The conference will also include an NUS social on Tuesday 28th March. Student day passes are available from £70+VAT and full conference student passes are available from £158+VAT.

Places can be booked here: http://www.eaucconference.org.uk/