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What do we do?

The project uses action research and practice-based learning to support 'learning for sustainability', in part through involving students in the development of sustainability projects on campus, as well as in the co-design of a new credit-bearing course to be available to students across the university called ‘Practicing Action Research for Sustainability’.

The fifteen students participating in the first cohort have been selected through an application process. From project planning to implementation, students work together to plan, design and build an on-campus community projects for food sustainability that will be passed on to future students to develop and enact. Three separate projects have been conceived and detailed during the second semester of the academic 2015-2016 year.

Students who joined PARFS worked on project conceptualizing and development, which advanced and honed their practical skills for the workplace. From project design and management, participatory action research, strategy and understanding of institutional structures to involvement in practice-based learning, participants have been actively shaping and enhancing their expertise.  Additionally, students worked collaboratively in groups to develop funding applications and reports to fund and inform tangible projects on campus, which required good communication and strong team-work, research and analytical skills. 

Below, you can learn more about the work with the first cohort of students in the academic year 2015/16 :

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