Winchester Responsible Futures Team
The University of Winchester Responsible Futures (RF) Team worked on the National Union of Students (NUS) RF best practice criteria to facilitate change within the formal, informal and subliminal curriculum, including a comprehensive student-led audit. The University’s commitment to embedding sustainability and social responsibility across teaching and other activities was recognised with the NUS’ RF accreditation (completed at a high level within 2 years). Importantly, this was not an initiative just from sustainability champions/environmental officers but a genuine whole institution approach. The Team adopted a fully inclusive, simultaneous ‘top-down/bottom- up’ approach that included Senior Management (the Vice-Chancellor and all Deans), Winchester Student Union, students, academics, professional services, Trade Unions, local charities/community members. Winchester is a values-driven University with sustainability and social justice at its heart. Significantly, the work of the Team helped shape the University’s new 10-year Strategic Vision which aligns with the UN’s Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals.
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