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Schools and Programmes

The University of Nottingham is keen for all students to be able to access ESD in some form during their studies. The University has a number of Schools/Departments which offer taught courses (both undergraduate and postgraduate) and research options in areas related to sustainability; over 100 course modules that include sustainability; and extra-curricular activities to help embed the principles of sustainability and environmental responsibility into our education provision.


The University has a long history of environmental research and teaching. Some of the Schools/Departments which offer courses with a strong environment bias include:


Many Schools allow their students to take optional modules to supplement the core subjects of their degree. Example modules that include sustainability are:

  • Globalisation, Citizenship and Identity
  • Strategies for Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Energy Efficiency for Sustainability
  • Power Generation and Carbon Capture
  • Wind Engineering and Energy
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Introduction to Green Chemistry and Processing
  • Toxicology - Clinical, Environmental and Experimental Aspects
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Environmental Psychology and Design

Further modules can be found in the University Module Catalogue.

Extra-curricular activities

A number of extra-curricular activities are available which can form part of a student's education for sustainable development.

The Nottingham Advantage Award

The NAA is an optional and free extra-curricular programme designed to support students develop their capabilities in a range of interconnected areas: employability, entrepreneurship, volunteering, community engagement and global citizenship. It was launched at the UK campus in 2008 and at our China and Malaysia campuses in 2010. A range of new modules and resources will be offered from October 2012 that will engage students with sustainability and promote positive behaviour change while developing knowledge, understanding and skills.

Students Union

Getting involved with one of the many Students Union societies can help to build your education for sustainable development - this might involve volunteering in the local community, campaigning for environmental awareness, or debating global issues

RuoLan Wang
School of Computer Science

How video-conferencing can enhance the experience of mobility students by enabling visitors and hosts to interact pre-arrival.



 I see myself working on educational projects in the future about sustainability and engineering 

 T.M., Engineering Graduate 


Further reading


Dr Sarah Speight
School of Education and Chair of the ESD Grand Challenge Group


Professional Development

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