DMU aims to make their graduates global citizens!

Responsible futures

Responsible Futures is an accreditation mark developed by the NUS for university’s and further education institutions.  The accreditation is dedicated towards helping students become global citizens by equipping them with the skills and attributes to help them meet the challenges of the future. One method of achieving this goal is by embedding sustainability into the whole curriculum. So you might find that as well as the Energy Engineering course, your Nursing Degree will have an element of sustainability to it.

Yesterday saw the blossoming of this new relationship between NUS’ Responsible Futures, DMU and DMU Students Union. DMU’s Education for Sustainable Development forum and Students Union met up with NUS’ lead on Responsible Futures to learn more about how other institutions and student unions have approached the initiative and to start thinking about DMU’s own journey towards achieving accreditation. Responsible Futures will be on hand to guide DMU and our Students Union and what’s more, the final audit towards accreditation will be conducted by a trained group of DMU’s very own students!

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly prominent issue across the globe and the idea of embedding it into DMU’s curriculum can help shape the decisions of future DMU graduates into sustainable decisions whether that be in your personal or professional lives (or both!).

DMU is already doing lots of great work towards promoting sustainability and as a fellow student, I think it’s a great initiative to help streamline all of the many projects going on across the university and make it easier for students to find out more and get involved. Who knows, Responsible Futures may even spark up a new interest in you.

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A big Hello! from the new Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner

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Hello I’m Shanics, the latest Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner to join the Estates’ sustainability team here at DMU. I’m taking over from Alex so I’ll try my best to fill her shoes and keep the blog posts as exciting and engaging as she has!

I’ll be supporting the social media channels on some of the projects the team work on to encourage students and staff to be mindful of and make sustainable decisions in their every-day lives.

Becoming a Frontrunner is a great way to gain hands on experience in a variety of roles within DMU. I’m currently studying Corporate Social Sustainability and International Business so you’ve probably gathered that I’m interested in all things sustainable but my passion lies in ethical trading. Being a Frontrunner in the Estates’ sustainability team means that I get to learn more about how DMU tackles its sustainability goals. I’m mostly looking forward to engaging with you all and helping out at the annual Fairtrade Fortnight (which hopefully means lots of Fairtrade chocolate!).

We have lots going on around DMU from NUS Student Switch Off to Fairtrade Fortnight. So watch this space and keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for more information on how you too can get involved!