Sustainability module added to every UCEM BSc (Hons) degree in programme update

Posted on: 26 April, 2024

UCEM is pleased to share that sustainability has now been incorporated into all of its BSc (Hons) programmes.

At the end of March, UCEM undertook a full assessment of its academic offering, as part of its revalidation process. This review culminated in the incorporation of the module ‘Introduction to Sustainability’ into every undergraduate programme, as of the Autumn term of 2024.

The new Introduction to Sustainability module establishes the field of sustainability, with a particular focus on the construction and property sector. In the first semester of their studies, UCEM undergraduate students will explore the causes of climate change, assessing the relationship between property and the environment.

During this module, students will learn both the key terminology of sustainable development and the criteria by which sustainability is measured when a building or project is finished.

The addition of this module to our programmes reflects the relationship between the built environment and sustainability, and the contribution all the professions and functions covered in our courses can have on addressing the sector’s impact on climate change.

On this update to our programmes, Dr Wendy Finlay, Pro Vice Chancellor (Education) at UCEM, commented:

“We have a firm belief among all members of the UCEM community that we will make a difference to built environment sustainability, and this is core to the purpose of our university. The introduction of this new module brings an immediate focus for all new undergraduate students to the importance of contributing to a more sustainable built environment. Sustainability then continues as a core thread through all levels of our degree programmes.

“I am delighted that we are now implementing this refreshed approach to sustainability within our undergraduate programmes, which will ensure that UCEM graduates are supported to drive the changes we all need to live and work in a more sustainable built environment.