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16 Oct 2014

Staff and students urged to bid for Sustainable Human Development teaching awards

Loughborough University academics and students have been urged to bid for a European Union award aimed at boosting Sustainable Human Development (SHD) in the curricula.

There are seven awards, each worth 3000 euros before tax, on offer from Global Dimension in Engineering Education (GDEE), a EuropeAid project whose aim is to boost the number of academics who promote SHD in teaching activities.

GDEE want academics and students to put forward proposals for ‘innovative initiatives and approaches that promote integration of SHD into technology and engineering education’.

Loughborough are one of five European universities* involved in the project and Research Associate Timothy Whitehead hopes academics and students will rise to the challenge.

He said: “This is a great opportunity for Loughborough staff to develop new teaching resources which promote sustainability, or be recognised for their current work within taught programmes.”

The closing date for submissions is November 9 and the seven winners will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Barcelona in January to present their proposals.

The award is open to academics, individual students or teams of students who must be represented by a tutor/director.

The submission will outline how SHD has been integrated into their teaching.

The work can be of a theoretical or applied nature and can be, but not limited to, one of the following types:

  • Adapting development projects for technology or engineering studies
  • Innovative methods for integrated SHD into the curriculum
  • Producing materials for the integration of SHD available to the academic community
  • Innovative methods for the support and supervision of a PhD Thesis, Masters Thesis, Bachelor Thesis or equivalent.

This is the second edition of the award and in last year’s first edition Carolina Escobar-Tello, from Loughborough’s Design School, finished runner up.


*The other universities are: Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya; Universidad Politecnica de Valencia; Universidad Politecnica de Madrid; Universita degli Studi di Trento.

For more information please contact Timothy Whitehead at

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Full terms and conditions for the award can be found on the awards website