From Critical Thinking to Transformation: Engaging Students through Practical Projects

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This presentation on 'Engaging Students through Practical Projects' was given as part of a morning workshop on Engaging and Emplowering Students at the EAUC-Scotland Conference 2015 by Kate Thornback, Environment Officer at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC).

Session Outline

The All Campus Sustainability Programme is an extra curricular programme that challenges students to consider ways that student developed projects can improve sustainability at their campuses. Funding was available, with students responsible for applying for funding and implementing their plans to maximise their learning experience. The programme has proved effective at engaging students at different levels of study and abilities, offering practical experience to compliment their studies. This presentation offered lessons learned and tips for success from the programme leader.


EAUC-Scotland held their third conference on the 17th November 2015, sharing examples, ideas and opportunities for Colleges and Universities working to develop and promote sustainability within their institution.

The conference theme, A Shared Responsibility, highlighted that for effective change sustainability action is not only needed by estates teams, but also academic and support staff, senior management and students, and requires engagement with local and national partners and other further and higher education institutions.

Find all resources from the Conference using the tag EAUCS2015.