Leeds sustainable curriculum

At the University of Leeds our award winning curriculum reflects our wider approach to sustainability. It’s about looking at the whole picture and how research and teaching fits together across disciplines rather than simply carrying out individual projects.

This approach means that all students leave the University knowing what sustainability is and how it applies to their discipline.

Sustainability is so successfully embedded into our curriculum, we received the Whole Systems Approach Award at the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) conference in São Paolo, Brazil. This award recognises our excellence in integrating sustainability into our culture, education, research and operations.

Sustainability through your degree

Discovery modules

The Creating Sustainable Futures Discovery Theme provides a wide variety of sustainability modules to broaden knowledge and enhance employability.

Sign up for a Discovery Module.

Embedding through coursework

A great example of this is happening at the Leeds University Business School, where students have been able to integrate sustainability into the Commercial & Professional Skills Module.

Dissertations and research projects

The Sustainability Service has a list of potential research projects and case studies and can support students in developing research through the Leeds Living Lab. You could showcase your work through the annual Student Sustainability Research Conference and get published in the student-led research journal, Discovering Sustainability.

Get in touch to find out more about research projects: sustainability@leeds.ac.uk.

Degree programmes

A huge variety of degree programmes develop knowledge, skills and experience of sustainability.

Use the University of Leeds Course Finder to help find what you are looking for.

Embedding sustainability into teaching

The Sustainability Service can support any member of staff who wants to integrate sustainability into their programmes and modules.

Mapping the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)

We have developed a process to map programmes and modules against the UN SDGs. This will help you to understand where you are already touching on sustainability, and where you could do more. We are currently piloting this in Leeds University Business School and will share the tools, guidance and learning here soon.

Tools and resources to integrate sustainability

The Leeds Sustainable Curriculum Working Group coordinates a suite of tools and guidance documents to support teaching staff in embedding sustainability into their programmes and modules.

If there is something missing, or you have ideas to add, please contact us at sustainability@leeds.ac.uk.

Leeds Sustainable Curriculum Working Group 

The Leeds Sustainable Curriculum is guided and advised by a Working Group to ensure the University achieves the strategic aims of:

  •  Enhance and embed provision of sustainability learning and content across all levels of the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum.
  • Provide the resources required to enable cultural change amongst staff and students.
  • Enable students to learn across disciplinary boundaries without difficulty and ensure a permanent sustainability teaching offer by integrating with the broader curriculum strategy and governance systems.
  • Develop sustainable ways of delivery, assessment and infrastructure for the Leeds curriculum.

To find out more or get involved, please get in touch: sustainability@leeds.ac.uk.

Other ways to get involved

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our work on the Leeds sustainable curriculum is linked to all of the SDGs.

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.