University of Kent ESD

Generic lecture scene

Learning and Teaching

Sustainability in the formal and informal curriculum

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is about ensuring that our graduates, regardless of their field of study, are equipped with the necessary skills and attributes to face global challenges

ESD Toolkit

Future proof your curriculum by embedding sustainability into your teaching practice or further integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into your curriculum.  This Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) toolkit will give you concise actionable resources to achieve this result while providing insights into the underpinning theories.  Enriching your teaching with SDGs advances our strategic objective to ensure that all students have access to learning and teaching that enhances their understanding of sustainability.  


The University and Kent Students’ Union, in partnership, are working together to facilitate institution change in embedding sustainability throughout all parts of the student learning experience. 

We are working to ensure that every student – from architecture to business, and chemistry to digital arts – is prepared with the knowledge and understanding of sustainability, and possess the sustainability skills and attributes, and the desire and willingness to deal with these issues.  


Optional Module - Introduction to Sustainability

Kent Extra Studyplus Module

This module explores the meaning of sustainability and encourages participants to further understand the challenges facing our environment and society and how we might overcome them.

Read more

apple tree

Taught Curriculum - Cultures of Sustainability


This module encourages students to engage critically with the multiple and complex meaning of sustainability.

Read more

students holding certificates

Living Lab Projects - Campus Recycling

Year 2 Market Research Project

Stage 2 Market Research students have taken part in a challenge to help improve recycling rates at student accommodation on campus

Read more

Research - Energy Futures

Collaborations in energy research at Kent

An outline of the University of Kent's energy related research and our dynamic, demand-driven approach to the future energy

Read more

Living Lab Projects - Bioblitz

Campus biodiversity data collection

Conservation students from the DICE held a BioBlitz which is an interactive event to record as many living species as possible within a specific area, under a short amount of time.

Read more

wasp on flower

Research - Signature research Theme

Positive Environmental Futures

This Signature Research Theme is about building an innovative, creative and inclusive community that is actively focused on addressing real-world challenges and finding solutions to the urgent environmental issues facing the world today.

Read more


"Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future.

group of students working at a table

EfS Working Group

Staff and students from across the University and Kent Union are working together on promoting and embedding sustainability across the taught curriculum

Further support needed?

We can help with training at an individual, school or divisional level, designing projects for students or facilitating living-lab projects. Contact us to discuss your needs.