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Net zero and digital transformation

Working towards net zero is a priority for The Open University in Wales. We’ve set up a Net Zero and Digital Transformation pilot, so that we can work with our staff and students to help achieve it.

The pilot will include

  • training sessions
  • free online learning
  • tailored resources

We’ve aligned the pilot with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act – specifically its Five Ways of Working (long-term, prevention, involvement, collaboration and integration). Universities in Wales and their students have a central part to play in the journey to net zero. Together, we can adopt more sustainable, inclusive, accessible, and healthier ways to work.

Events and resources for OU in Wales students

SOS-UK are facilitating a curriculum audit of the Open University in Wales undergraduate and postgraduate courses against the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Education for Sustainable Development and the Wellbeing for Future Generations Act. SOS-UK will train student auditors to take a lead on auditing curricula against these key points to better understand how the education provision at Open University in Wales is equipping students to become sustainability literate and contribute to the betterment of people and planet. 

Carbon Literacy training is designed to support your understanding and learning about decarbonisation. You’ll be joining over 32,000 people who have been certified as Carbon Literate by the Carbon Literacy Project.

Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS-UK) is an approved trainer and is working us to deliver this pilot with a focus on the OU in Wales.

The course is a total of 8 hours online learning made up of:

  • four hours of self-study activity
  • four hours of interactive training
  • a final evidence task which leads to Carbon Literacy certification.

We run the course twice a week on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. Other days can be made available upon request including Saturday afternoons.

Sign up to this free course now.

During a four-day eco-sabbatical in July 2022 at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Machynlleth, we have listened, collaborated and co-created opportunities for integrating regenerative and carbon positive skills into key sectors. We held ‘The Skills for Net Zero’ roundtable to understand the role of Higher Education in supporting the Skills for Net Zero agenda in Wales, and the needs of the private sector in this area. Video recordings and reports will be shared in the coming weeks.

Over the past 6 weeks, students at the Open University have been participating in the Engage for Change programme, facilitated by Student Hubs - learning more about the Climate and Ecological Emergency and carrying out their own projects to help the Open University in Wales reach towards it's sustainability and Net-Zero goals. They will be delivering their ideas at a virtual showcase event on Thursday 11th August and we are hoping to share these with a wider audience in the coming weeks though this web page.

The BIG Carbon Footprint game has been made to make learning about climate change exciting and engaging.

The game is played in-person and encourages critical thinking. It can give people their first introduction into the world of sustainability and climate action.

Get in touch to find out more.

Let us know if you have ideas or inspiration about the green skills needed for a net zero and regenerative future. It would be great to hear your perspective.

Let us know your views on the role of professional bodies in supporting green skills for a regenerative future.

If you’re a member of OU in Wales staff, head over to our intranet site for more resources and events you can get involved in.

The Net Zero and Digital Transformation pilot project is funded by HEFCW.

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