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We offer a range of courses and modules that inspire our students to become responsible ‘global’ citizens and face the environmental challenges ahead of them.

Whether we're creating low-carbon communities, designing a dress made from nettles or understanding the challenges of corporate social responsibility, our courses are preparing the next generation of professionals for a sustainable post-carbon society.

Undergraduate courses

At undergraduate level, our brand new Foundation Degree in Sustainable Communities provides essential skills in regeneration and planning.

Postgraduate courses

At postgraduate level, we offer specialist courses in Environmental Law and Environmental Technology, along with the IESD's dedicated master's degrees in Energy and Sustainable Development and Energy and Sustainable Building Design.

Sustainable focus within all our courses

Within Art, Design and Humanities, high quality teaching activities range from resource-efficient design in the Retail Lab to the interface of sustainability with the built environment. A Greening Business module is available on our business studies courses, you can explore sustainability in Arts and Festival Management, or make a difference in government by studying International Relations or Politics with a sustainable development focus.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. 
Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption.

It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and take action for sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way. (UNESCO)

The courses and modules outlined here show how DMU is embedding Education for Sustainable Development into its taught courses. We monitor our progress in this area by analysing module and programme descriptions to see the extent to which key sustainability words have been included. This is then reported to the university’s Sustainable Development Task Force on a regular basis. Details of progress in this area is shown below. 

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Number of modules descriptions with sustainability key words






Sustainability is also one of the eight guiding principles that underpin the University Teaching Learning Assessment Strategy (UTLAS). We aim to develop staff and students to become responsible ‘global’ citizens in the face of the environmental challenges ahead of them. We also acknowledge the importance of developing and/or embedding an awareness of environmental sustainability in the curriculum in order to encourage respect for the future, energy awareness and environmental good practice. Our aim is that all faculties will offer opportunities for staff and students to engage in sustainability projects aligned with the DMU Sustainability Strategy. The UTLAS is currently being reviewed with a new strategy to be published shortly. We are working to ensure that sustainability remain an essential part of teaching and learning at DMU. 

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Forum

DMU has created an ESD Forum, led and co-ordinated by Dr Andrew Reeves, to create a space for dialogue, collaboration and participation around ESD. The forum meets on a regular basis (once a term) to discuss ESD issues and potential new initiatives. The forum has already run a workshop called ‘DMU Courses and the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030: How can we make the connection?’ The workshop involved academics and students from across the faculties discussing how the taught courses at DMU contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and what further actions and initiatives are needed. If you are interested in being part of the ESD Forum please contact Dr Andrew Reeves.

Dissertations for Good

The University is taking part in a programme called Dissertations for Good. Dissertations for Good (DfG) seeks to harness student coursework and dissertations for the benefit of society. The programme is run by the National Union of Students (NUS) and connects students with off-campus organisations to develop student research that helps progress social goals and causes. For this programme, a dissertation for good is any piece of student work that contributes to the field of economic, ethical or environmental sustainability in a tangible way, producing a report that is useful for their partnered organisation. The programme will be run with an initial focus on Leicester to use the skills 

DMU Square Mile

Students can boost their employability by getting involved with the dynamic DMU Square Mile programme. The programme mobilises staff and student expertise for the benefit of local communities in Leicester through a variety of social and economic projects. By participating in one or more of our 50 projects, you can enrich your university experience and equip yourself with skills for life after graduation by helping the community living around campus. Students who take part have their efforts recognised in the Higher Education Achievement Report, which is given to you by DMU on completion of your course. Students can target the types of placements they need within projects which will help improve coursework and boost job prospects – with the support of the DMU Square Mile team.

The Square Mile team support staff members to develop projects and initiatives for the programme which support education for sustainable development and engender civic responsibility and global citizenship in both students and staff.

DMU Sustainability Projects

The university also runs student projects within the institution which support the work of the sustainability team and are directly linked to coursework. These projects have produced promotional films for the university’s sustainability work and bicycle maintenance videos produced by students as part of their Photography and Video Degree.

The sustainability team within the Estates & Commercial Services Directorate have also worked with postgraduate students on PhD studies such as Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions Policies: Attitudinal and Social Network Influences On Employee Acceptability and Masters students on dissertations topics such as Investigation of High Base Loads in Non Domestic Buildings which used DMU buildings as a case study. 

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