Sustainable Futures in UK Higher Education Through Multi-disciplinary Innovation and Advanced Practice: A Northumbria University Case Study

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The following chapter intends to critically reflect on multi-disciplinary collaboration and co-creation practices as educational design strategies for near-term impact within higher education, involving external organisations. As part of transformative learning applied to the area of sustainability, three distinct case studies from Northumbria University are presented to illustrate how collaborative projects with external partners around sustainable challenges are tackled by teams of university students supervised by experienced academics. This practice represents not only a testing and professionally rewarding learning and delivery experience for students and academics respectively, but also an effective and leading-edge educational delivery model to reflect on. Its associated pedagogic benefits and challenges will be discussed in order to provide a strategic overview of one of Northumbria University’s strands of ‘future-ready’ approaches to Higher Education which strongly supports students’ proactive attitude towards both innovation and an understanding of how to respond to ‘real-world’ sustainability-related challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Contribution of Universities Towards Education for Sustainable Development
EditorsWalter Leal Filho, Thais Dibbern, Salvador Ruiz de Maya, Maria-del-Carmen Alarcón-del-Amo, Longinos Marin Rives
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)9783031498534
ISBN (Print)9783031498527, 9783031498558
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2024

Publication series

NameWorld Sustainability Series (WSUSE)
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISSN (Print)2199-7373
ISSN (Electronic)2199-7381

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion keywords

  • Reduced Inequalities

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