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Increasing and enhancing the provision of Education for Sustainable Development within higher education enables transformative learning for students, which can empower them to make informed decisions and responsible actions.


Guidance on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in higher education, jointly published by QAA and Advance HE inspires and engages stakeholders, outlines competencies and advises on the assessment of ESD, as and for learning. However, there is little information available in the sector regarding how providers should monitor and evaluate their ESD provision.


Several universities have now begun monitoring but are largely assessing indicators of activity (such as number of courses with sustainability content) rather than measuring the competencies developed or subsequent impact of ESD.


The project team will conduct an analysis of existing approaches to monitoring and evaluating ESD before developing principles and tools using both quantitative measures and reflective approaches that strengthen the learning experience. The online resources will be adaptable and deployable across the sector at department, faculty and institutional level.

Project lead:

University of St Andrews

Project partners:

University of Edinburgh, University of Highlands and Islands, EAUC (The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education) Scotland, Scotland’s United Nations University recognised Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (Learning for Sustainability Scotland - LfSS), SOS-UK (Scotland) (Students organising for Sustainability) and sparqs (student partnerships in quality Scotland)

Other Collaborative Enhancement Projects

QAA supports a number of projects every year, covering a range of topics and interest areas. Each is led by a QAA Member, working in collaboration with other members institutions. You can find more information on all projects, and access resources and outputs, on our website.