Sustainability 2030: a policy perspective from the University Vocational Awards Council

Crawford-Lee, Mandy Samantha and Wall, Tony (2018) Sustainability 2030: a policy perspective from the University Vocational Awards Council. Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, 8 (3). pp. 233-242. ISSN 2042-3896

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Abstract

Purpose: The policy and practice sphere of higher education, skills and work-based learning has become increasingly problematic in the last few years, and the extent to which sustainability and sustainable development are embedded in policy and practice spaces is a cause for concern. This paper posits a policy perspective from the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC), the national representative organisation for universities committed to the vocational agenda and an independent voice in the sphere of higher education, skills and work-based learning. Design/methodology/approach: This paper is a reflective policy and practice piece which draws on the latest policy moves by the UK government and associated organisations and engages the latest literature to examine the issues in policy and practice that need to be tackled. Findings: This paper argues for a greater integration of sustainable development into higher education, skills and work-based learning policy and practice, and specifically in relation to (1) creating inclusive workplaces, (2) promoting social mobility, (3) a balanced approach to productivity, health and wellbeing, and (4) embedding educational approaches and methods which promote inequality in workplaces. Originality/value: The paper is the only UK policy perspective explicitly dedicated to sustainability and sustainable development in the context of the sphere of higher education, skills and work-based learning. Although it is focused on UK policy context, it will be of interest to international readers wishing to learn about UK developments and the sustainable development challenges in relation to its apprenticeship, technical and vocational education system.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: UVAC, University Vocational Awards Council, Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: University Publications > Research
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Depositing User: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 21 May 2020 14:14
Last Modified: 21 May 2020 14:14
Identification Number: 10.1108/heswbl-03-2018-0043
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2622

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