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Warwick Sustainability Challenge (WSUsC): a Curriculum-Campus-Community approach to sustainable teaching & learning

About the Warwick Sustainability Challenge

Brought to you by the WIHEA ESD learning circle, the Challenge will see staff and students co-creating ideas to tackle a real environmental challenge in Coventry, using a more holistic approach to sustainability in HE. The Challenge will engage participants in two 3-hour online workshops on 13th and 15th June 2022, 2-5pm, plus a 1-hour optional online drop in support session.

The workshops are designed to facilitate a collaborative approach to reframing a challenge, and will coach you to help explore it in an innovative way. After the workshops, the Challenge will last for additional 10 days (two weeks in total). With the help of expert student and staff coaches, you will continue collaborating asynchronously and by the end of two weeks will submit your ideas either in the form of an e-poster or a presentation, and a video.

All staff and students (UG and PG) are welcome. Registrations are still open!!!! Register by 8 JuneLink opens in a new window to secure your or your team’s place and be in with a chance to win a first place prize of £400*! The winning idea will also be considered for implementation by the University and/or Coventry City Council.

What's In It For Me?

Learn about sustainability and develop green skills

Gain employability skills and valuable experience for your CV

Develop innovation skills and learn about a leading innovation methodology: design thinking

Collaborate with and present your ideas to the Coventry City Council

Receive a certificate of completion and be in a chance to win a cash prize*

Meet new people from across the University

Make a tangible contribution to the University and Coventry

*Please note that the prize winnings can only be awarded to the student participants.

Project Aims

  • The objective of this project is to provide a whole-higher education approach to sustainability, linking the teaching and learning provision (Curriculum), to values and ways of working and studying on Campus, and the local Community by engaging with local people and partners (i.e., hereafter CCC approach).
  • This project aims to raise the profile of the importance of education for sustainable development, using an interdisciplinary approach and co-creation as important areas of student focus and engagement.

What You Need to Know

Key Dates

13th and 15th June 2022, 2-5pm via MS Teams


1st place: £400 (awarded to student participants only)

Join the ChallengeLink opens in a new window

Sign up in your Departmental or Course team, or just by/as yourself and you will be assigned into a Wild Card team

Judging Criteria

Desirable, Feasible, Innovative, Ethical, Holistic. Find out more hereLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window

More information

Please visit this page for FAQsLink opens in a new window or get in touch with the Project Leads, or visit this Project Background pageLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window to find out more

"An exciting pedagogical approach to develop sustainability competences, linking our teaching and learning provision, to values and ways of working and studying on campus, and the local community."

- Chris Ennew

"This is a great opportunity for our students to develop competences that can hardly be taught, finding solutions to a real-life challenge, and applying their knowledge and skills in the working and studying environment."

- Chris Hughes

Project Impact

  • The main outputs form this project are expected to be:
    • The learning from the workshops and critical engagement with this area, with deep collaboration between staff and students
    • The impact of the work undertaken by the project teams and their subsequent engagement within their departments
    • The shared learning from the dissemination event which we will be able to make widely available
  • Through engagement in these workshops, the project will raise the profile of the importance of sustainability issues and co-creation of solutions as important areas of student focus and engagement.

Project Team

Dr Lory Barile (Economics)

Project Lead

Nancy Olson (WMG)

WMG Project Partner

Dr Bo Kelestyn (WBS)

Project Co-Lead & Design Thinking Consultant

Project Team:

David Chapman (Estates), Groves Richard (Warwick Enterprise), Deborah Smith (Warwick Enterprise), Todd Olive (GSD student), Nikita Asnani (IATL student), Emily Roisin Reid (WMS), Luke Netherclift (GSD Alumni), Maddie Booth (GSD Alumnae), Bret Willers (Head of Climate Change and Sustainability, Coventry City Council).

If you would like more information on this project, please contact the project lead: Dr Lory Barile (

If you want to learn more about a forerunner project, the Warwick Employability Challenge, please click hereLink opens in a new window.