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SDG Fortnight – Teaching Sustainability

In support of the University’s commitment to embedding Sustainability into our teaching, we are encouraging lecturers and teaching staff to pledge to incorporate the Sustainable Development goals into their teaching for one week.

Next week (17 – 21 Feb) we are hosting our first ever SDG Teach-In where academics pledge to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals into their teaching. At the time of writing, Kent were currently in 8th place nationally in terms of current pledges and the number of students who will potentially be reached.

A number of academics have agreed to open up their lectures to anyone who is interested. In addition, a number of lectures will also be recorded and made available to download after the event.

Open lectures during the SDG Teach-In Week:

18 February, 13.00 – Open lecture DI510 Conservation & Communities (Charlie Gardner)

All are welcome to join us in GLT3 for this week’s lecture ‘Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Alleviation: linked agendas. This lecture explores the importance of biodiversity for poverty alleviation and discusses the role that conservation can play in meeting multiple Sustainable Development Goals’

18 February, 15.00 – Open lecture SE558 The Anthropocene (Miguel Alexiades)

Come find out more in RLT1 about The Anthropocene: Planetary Crises and the Age of Humans. Exploring the Anthropocene this lecture explores the ‘new normal’: crisis, risk and uncertainty.

21 February, 10.00 – Open lecture HI426 Making History (Karen Jones)

Being held in RLT1, this open lecture introduces students to environmental history as a discipline and encourages a look at the past that puts humans in their ‘place’ as well as thinking about how scholarship and activism might fit together.

Lecturers and teaching staff interested in getting involved in the Teach-In can:

  • Identify one or more sessions where they can teach the SDGs during or after the week of the 17 – 21 February 2020.
  • Pledge to take part on the SDG Teach In website
  • Confirm to that you are taking part – guidance can be provided to help to plan your session

The SDG fortnight is being organised by the Sustainability Team. For more information, resources including 5, 10 and 30-minute session plans or to view the full programme of events please visit our  webpages or email