Environmental engagement: Student responses

Education for sustainable development

Bringing the Outside In: case studies in environmental engagement


In 2010 the English Subject Centre launched a call for case studies and a student competition to encourage students and lecturers to engage with the environment beyond the classroom.  In order to enrich both academic learning and environmental awareness, we wanted to motivate staff and students who teach and learn primarily indoors to go out and experience the places which form the context for the subject of study. Four lecturer case studies are available and student entries are below.

  • Capturing the Moment
    This case study by Sarah Wicks of Cardiff University describes her responses to a visit to the National Museum Cardiff, in particular how a particular painting influenced her writing.
  • Climate and Landscape in the Future
    Aimee Wright of University College Falmouth went on a guided walk on the Cornish coast and in this case study describes how this prompted her to explore how and why we view the landscape as we do.
  • Helpston 2010
    Patrick Hodge of Oxford Brookes University describes a visit to Helpston, the home of John Clare, and how this affected his understanding of Clare’s poetry.
  • Changing Landscape in the Future
    Pip Carlton-Barnes of University College Falmouth went on a guided walk on the Cornish coast which prompted her to reflect on her how her interpretations of the landscape had changed since childhood and how they are influenced by climate change.