Sustainability in the curriculum
LSBU is committed to delivering course programmes, academic initiatives and research projects focused on sustainable development.
Education for sustainable development
LSBU is committed to delivering course programmes, academic initiatives and research projects focused on sustainable development. See below for examples of LSBU's education for sustainable development (ESD) initiatives.
- 130 of LSBU’s undergraduate courses contain some references to sustainability (out of 140) equating to 92% of courses
- 88 of LSBU’s postgraduate courses contain some references to sustainability (out of 101) equating to 87% of courses
- In summary, 218 courses (out of 241) offered at LSBU in 2016/17 contain some references to sustainability equating to 91% of courses
The Curriculum Working Group is led by Dean Prof. Charles Egbu. The group comprises academic colleagues from across London South Bank University’s seven schools.
In the 2016/17 academic year, LSBU initiated a multi-disciplinary course evaluation process whereby a detailed review was made to research the current provision of sustainability content within LSBU’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses delivered in the 2016/17 of teaching. Course content was reviewed from a three-way perspective - economy, society and biosphere/environment – in line with the three “pillars” of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Officially known as ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, the UN SDG’s set out the road map (2015- 2030) that universities including LSBU can navigate towards to meet the seventeen aspirational ‘Global Goals’ (supported by 169 targets).
LSBU’s preliminary assessment included all 241 courses on offer during the 2016/17 academic year - 140 undergraduate and 101 postgraduate courses – the summary findings are as follows:
The results from the preliminary assessment look very promising. However, follow-up activity is now required to verify the level of sustainability content within our courses, e.g. whether “high, medium or low”, as well as to make recommendations for further embedding of sustainability thinking to the courses, where practical.
This will be a priority action for 2017/18 academic year as a means to validate the on-going integration of further sustainable development content into the LSBU curriculum.
This most recent work builds on past work Gail Langley completed in 2015 at LSBU to identify Education for Sustainable Development activity across teaching and learning. Prior to that, Dr Deborah Andrews also undertook a comprehensive review of the status quo of ESD within the curriculum, so LSBU is able to demonstrate continuous improvement in this field.
Prof. Ros Wade has facilitated a sustainability session at a Faculty Meeting for staff, and is constantly promoting the sustainability agenda in her capacity as Course Director for the Education for Sustainability programme and as Director of the London Regional Centre of Expertise.
Prof. Pat Bailey is also a Council Member of the Regional Centre of Expertise.
London South Bank University, in collaboration with the RCE London, hosted an open day for refugees, their families, friends and supporters on 24 June 2017. Prior to that, LSBU hosted the meeting of the European Regional Centres of Expertise on 23 and 24 June 2016.
Sustainability is embedded into the Product Design and Engineering Product Design courses from the first year, including a specific Design for a Sustainable Society module; sample assignments include design for dementia, reducing food waste and reusing waste from the hospitality industry. All students learn about sustainability principles and apply them to design projects.
A number of postgraduate courses also include sustainability: the Masters in Engineering Management module about Energy, the Environment and Product Life Cycle introduces students to sustainability prior to developing alternative thinking about the engineering, design and current practice in these fields.
In MSc Sustainable Energy Systems students consider the broader implications of what they are studying in the Energy Resource Use and Analysis module, measuring Life Cycle impact as well as considering the use of renewable energy systems.
Our second year Chemical and Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering students also cover sustainability and sustainable engineering.
The School of Business addresses key sustainability issues through the following modules: Environmental Economics and Sustainability; Business Risk Management and Knowledge; Globalisation and Development; Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship.
The National Bakery School also covers sustainability in the following modules: Business/Environmental Management and QM Best Practice; Food Regulations and Sustainability; and Food Control and Sustainable Practice. Dr Delia Ojinnaka gives an annual lecture on food security and sustainability at the University of Valencia, Spain.
Some of our courses feature significant elements of sustainability. Recent student projects have included:
- Product Design: a roof garden to grow fruit and vegetables for students, staff and the local community
- Digital Design: developing posters and new recycling bin graphics
- Informatics: analysis of complicated electricity consumption data
- Engineering: students are involved with the Engineers Without Borders charity
If you want to develop an environmental project as part of your course, get in touch with the Sustainability Team.
The following is a list of courses (a mixture of undergraduate and post-graduate) that London Southbank University offers that feature sustainability in one or more of their modules.
Events and Entertainments Management
Building Services Engineering
Sustainable Energy Systems
International Business Management
Engineering Product Design
Education for Sustainability
International Commercial Law LLM
Professional Doctorate in Education with special focus on sustainability, equality and diversity - EdD
Urban and Environmental Planning
Embedding sustainable action
LSBU plays an active role in encouraging and engaging students and staff to get involved in sustainability initiatives across campus. This helps us make continual improvements in what we do and delivers the long-term change that is required in order to address the challenges society faces. Fundamentally, this engagement has the most significant impact when a student or staff member embeds these values into their lives.
With this in mind, the University has developed a number of curriculum-based sustainability projects that give students 'real world' experience in addressing sustainability challenges:
The Elephant free-cycling app
LSBU has supported a student to develop a free-cycling app for students and staff to offer and exchange items for free on campus in order to reduce the amount sent to landfill each year. Find out more about the Elephant app.
Designing a rooftop garden
The Sustainability Team works with Product Design students to assess opportunities to develop roof spaces into gardens. The students' designs are then assessed through their coursework and presentations.
As part of their coursework, Product Design students develop posters and campaighn ideas to improve recycyling rates and visibility across campus.
MSc Marketing students have developed a marketing plan for a free-cycling app and identify innovative ways to help reduce waste on campus.
LSBU supported an Engineering student to create, deploy and analyse a university-wide travel survey for their dissertation. This was crucial in understanding the travel habits of students and staff and the associated environmental impacts.
Using art to talk about climate change
Photography students take a tour of the heating and hot water systems in our buildings, led by LSBU Estates Maintenance engineers. Their photographs tell the story of LSBU's investment in energy efficiency and capture the strange beauty of this hidden but very important work.
24 April 2019Two day workshop on sustainable biodiesel production
26 April 2019LGBT+ Sports Fair 2019
2 May 2019Celebration of 50 Years of Accredited Planning Education at LSBU
8 May 2019Postgraduate Open Evening
9 May 2019Film Screening: The Psychosis of Whiteness with Director Q&A
31 May 2019LSBU Project Management Conference - Bridging the gap between theory and practice
13 June 2019Breast screening for people with learning disabilities
22 June 2019University Open Day
7 October 2019School of Business Graduation Ceremony 2019
14 October 2019Graduation Ceremony: School of Arts and Creative Industries; School of Applied Sciences; School of Law and Social Sciences
Engineering student wins award for London’s best robot
12 April 2019
Chris Skidmore, Minister of State for Universities, visits LSBU’s School of Arts and Creative Industries
10 April 2019
LSBU Journalism students launch 'Paint London Green' anti-air pollution campaign
10 April 2019
LSBU ranks in top 200 universities globally for social impact
5 April 2019
LSBU publishes gender pay gap 2019 report
29 March 2019
LSBU Bus Venture Crawl 2019
28 March 2019
Smart Energy Network study launches at London South Bank University
27 March 2019
Dr Charles Graham visits Landor - the leading global brand consultancy
26 March 2019
LSBU Women's Netball team win university league
20 March 2019