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The Institute for Academic Development go all out for sustainability and wellbeing

Gold sustainability award 2019 IAD

The Institute for Academic Development’s gold project focused on promoting sustainability, mental wellbeing and fostering a sense of community in the department through a variety of activities.

One the team's wellbeing walks

One of the team’s wellbeing walks

The team at the Institute of Academic Development (IAD) endeavoured to offer activities that would offer a long-term impact on the sustainability of their practice, whilst also having numerous options for inclusion to suit all of their diverse colleagues.

Long-term impact

Following a vote on possible projects, a focus on mental wellbeing and sustainability for the project was a clear winner. The team attempted to bring together all staff in the Institute, to enhance a sense of community in order to collectively cope with the challenges to mental wellbeing created by climate change and biodiversity loss.

A huge range of projects

The IAD team worked on a huge variety of activities for their gold award, including:

  • The IAD team holding a craft session.

    The IAD team holding a craft session.

    A pedometer challenge, where staff competed to see who could walk the most steps in the month of June

  • A mindful walk, which 10 staff took part in on a beautiful summer day
  • Sustainable crafting, where participants learnt upcycling techniquires
  • Fundraising for Feedback Madagascar, a charity that works with and employs local people to meet their primary needs and enable them to develop sustainable livelihoods and protect the rainforest
  • A workshop on teaching about wicked problems, such as climate change, and how to best approach difficult topics.
  • A sustainable pot-luck lunch
  • Plants bought for both in the office and its surroundings
  • An all staff discussion on sustainability with a viewing of a Greta Thunberg speech and the continuation of previous activities from past awards.

What a great programme of events!

Find out more about the Sustainability Awards

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