Education for Sustainable Development (ESD),
Global Citizenship, and Curriculum Development


NUS Responsible Futures Project

In addition to CELT’s varied offer on ESD CPD, the commitment of individuals (see examples in our Good Practice Exchange) and cross-institution groups of staff including the Sustainable and Ethical Enterprise Group (SEEG) and theSustainability Research Network, has supported MMU’s steady progress on this area. MMU has also worked in different research activities related to ESD such as the Global Citizens, Global Futures project, and several inter-disciplinary events aimed at staff and students co-hosted by different faculties

Another achievement for MMU in partnership with the Students’ Union is gaining and maintaining the NUS Responsible Futures Accreditation. The team led by the Education for Sustainable Development Co-ordinator strategically collected and categorised evidence from activities across the University and the Students’ Union to demonstrate our commitment to embedding environmental sustainability and social responsibility across the formal and informal curriculum. The evidence contributes to Man Met students gaining the skills, knowledge and experience relating to social responsibility and sustainability required to lead the world to a more just future.

“MMU are doing especially well at creating a network of academics interested in ESD, and building their skills and understanding through a vast amount of professional development opportunities”
NUS Leading Auditor

13 institutions across the UK took part in the Responsible Futures pilot in 2015, all demonstrating their commitment to creating an environment for education for sustainable development to thrive.The accreditation was valid until June 2018, when another audit was be required to revalidate certification.

The Responsible Futures project has been guided by research undertaken by the NUS and the Higher Education Academy that suggests that 60% of students want to learn more about sustainability.

Following on from the successful re-accreditation in Summer 2018, we would like to thank the National Union of Students, the Manchester Met Student Auditors, the High Level Champions both at the University and the Union,  the Student Project Assistant, the Environment Team, the School of Science and the Environment and all others involved in the NUS Responsible Futures re-accreditation. We are delighted of our overall improvement highlighted in the report.

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Our main priorities for progressing Responsible Futures are as follows:

  • Strengthen the partnership by having a termly strategic meeting with High Level Champions and core members of the Responsible Futures team.
  • We will appoint a Student Project Assistant to support the development of a project on the impact and outcomes of activity related to Responsible Futures.

Watch the Responsible Futures Good Practice Exchange video:

Please get in touch with Valeria Vargas, ESD Co-ordinator ( if you are interested in knowing more about the project or getting involved.