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On this page you'll find recent articles written by members of the Education for Sustainability (EfS) team here at Anglia Ruskin.

Gender equality means business

Published in So What?, Issue 7, 2016

What can business schools do to improve gender equality? Or is it none of their business? Grace Philip Investigates.

Download the full magazine and turn to page 14.

Saving the world starts here

Published in Bulletin, May 2015

In April, the GSI welcomed Adelina Chalmers to lead a workshop for staff and students called How to Change the World.

Adelina taught us that changing the world starts with getting people to listen. That means communicating your point and pitching your ideas in an effective, engaging and persuasive way.

We learnt to start by asking ourselves:

  • What do I want to happen?
  • What do my audience want?
  • What do I tell them to make them do what I want?

On top of that, we also learnt what not to do. 'Don't,' says Adelina, 'be boring.' For most of us, this is easier said than done. For starters, avoid things like PowerPoint, lists and using too many numbers.

The trick is to remember that your audience are people, too. And that means they're likely to switch off if you don't grab their attention straight away. For this, the fail-safe way is to start off with an emotive sweeping statement.

After all, 'People will not remember what you said, they will not remember what you look like, but they will remember how you made them feel,' explained Chalmers, quoting the poet Maya Angelou. Chalmers' tips are all tried and tested techniques – many of them are used during Ted talks. And everyone who attended the workshop left saying it was great. Alex Phillips, an MSC Sustainability student, said: 'I not only learnt a lot but I had a great time.'

Everyone also said that they gained skills – communication, persuasion, presentation, and interpersonal skills, to name a few. But what we may not have realised is that these are all sustainability skills. That's because each of them helps you to get others to make changes for a better future.

We are looking to do similar events in the future – especially since over half of the people who came said that they would like to go to a two-day long course. If you want to find out more and be kept up-to-date, contact Grace Philip.

Sustainability gets a 'hear hear' from politics lecturer

Published in So What?, April 2015

From September 2015, students will be able to study for a degree in politics at Anglia Ruskin, and sustainability is going to be at the heart of it. Dr Liz Bradbury, Course Group Leader and Senior Lecturer for Social Sciences, spoke to us about her experience of taking the course through our university's validation process. Download the article below.

Sustainability gets a 'hear hear' from politics lecturer