Green Gown Awards 2015 Sustainability Staff Champion - Gwenllian Beynon - Highly Commended

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Senior Lecturer/ Programme Director, Art and Design - University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Sustainable Pedagogy incorporating 'social, economic, environmental and cultural' values, is central to Gwenllian’s role, in Higher Education; enabling students to study in their own language, to look at their own and global cultures, and to embrace sustainability in creative practice.

2015 sees the first students graduating with an art and design degree in the Welsh language.

Hosting an International Sustainability Summer School with St Michaels College Vermont develops global links. Through a series of university wide presentations, external speakers and environmental visits, students developed an understanding of sustainability within the university, linked to government policy and Wales. This engagement provides a strong foundation for future International collaboration.

A Creative Sustainability module embeds sustainability and empowers students, to question their own practice within the global context, to consider materials and to explore cultural, economic and social issues providing far reaching benefits for future generation of Creative students and practitioners.

Top 3 learnings

1 I champion sustainability in its wider context, social, economic, cultural and environmental

2 I believe in protecting my minority language and culture

3 I believe in empowering students to become global citizens.

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