Change the way we teach
In the face of the environmental and climate emergency, we have a responsibility to lead change and encourage our students to take action. Across all subjects and levels, our students' work, research and creative practice can contribute to a better world.
To create a curriculum underpinned by climate justice, we must not only change what we teach, but our approach to teaching and learning too. Based in the science of climate change, students will develop skills to help them make better decisions in their creative practice.
We'll help develop systems thinking that acknowledges the complexity of life on earth. To make this possible, we’ll give our staff tools, skills and resources to develop a new type of curriculum.
What we’ll do
- Increase our climate and environmental literacy.
- Embed climate justice in all our courses by 2025. Acknowledging its intersection with social and racial justice.
- Create the conditions for collaboration, enabling our students and staff to make individual changes, take action and advocate for further change in the curriculum.
- Provide support and development opportunities for staff to aid in transforming the curriculum to address climate justice.
What we've done so far
- Developed the UAL Principles for Climate, Social and Racial Justice (PDF 98KB) – launched on Earth Day, April 2022.
- Appointed 30 students from across the university, as our Climate Advocates to help us transform the curriculum.
- Trained over 80 members of staff through in-depth Carbon Literacy Training, based on the Climate Literacy Project’s model.
- Appointed Laura Knight, Educational Developer, to lead staff development on climate and social justice at UAL.