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IAU - Responsible Futures International Pilot Institution: Murdoch University, Australia


May 22, 2024

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The International Association of Universities and Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK) collaboration for the Responsible Futures supported change programme embeds sustainability through all aspects of teaching and learning. By working in partnership with students at universities around the world, Responsible Futures aims to increase buy-in and support from senior leadership to drive ESD forward, increase capacity and resourcing for developing curricula with sustainability, and foster collaboration and interdisciplinary experiences for students and institutions alike.

We're pleased this month to highlight Responsible Futures International pilot institution Murdoch University and their latest work related to Responsible Futures!

As part of their 'MU Signature Experience,' Murdoch University has invited Brighter Futures Scholarship Students to co-design the Boodiyar Djena Biddi (Leadership Path) Certificate, also known as the Murdoch Mettle. Brighter Futures Scholarship Students have been selected to co-design and pilot this new leadership programme because of their demonstrated outstanding leadership and engagement in endeavours that have led to positive outcomes.

The Murdoch Mettle is a series of immersive experiences which aims to offer students hands on learning on Sustainability, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and First Nations. The programme includes three levels of growth: Banskia, Quenda, and Cockatoo. Once students complete all three levels, they will receive the Boodiyar Djena Biddi Certificate.

To complete each level of the programme, students must meet the following criteria:

  • 🌷 Banksia: Immerse themselves in TED-talk style panel discussions with leading experts (primarily in the fields of our strategic themes).
  • 🐁 Quenda: Build Equity, Diversity and Inclusion / Sustainability / First Nations knowledge through expert-led workshops.
  • 🦅 Cockatoo: Put their passion and skills into practice by choosing and driving a project aimed at implementing impactful solutions to real-world problems.

Congratulations Murdoch University on all of your impressive work!

See photos of the badges and the design process here (IAU Linkedin).

Learn more about the Responsible Futures International programme on our website.

This was originally published on the IAU LinkedIn on 22nd May 2024.