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

Mandy Samantha Crawford-Lee (University Vocational Awards Council, University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)
Tony Wall (International Thriving at Work Research Group, University of Chester, Chester, UK)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 2 July 2018

Issue publication date: 7 August 2018

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. The purpose of this paper is to posit 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 creating inclusive workplaces, promoting social mobility, a balanced approach to productivity, health and well-being and embedding educational approaches and methods which promote inequality in workplaces.

Practical implications

This paper is a call to all stakeholders to raise the game of sustainability and sustainable development in the policy and practice sphere of higher education, skills and work-based learning.

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.

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Citation

Crawford-Lee, M.S. and Wall, T. (2018), "Sustainability 2030: a policy perspective from the University Vocational Awards Council", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 233-242. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-03-2018-0043

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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