To Liverpool last week for a first visit to Liverpool Hope University.
In the morning, I gave a conference keynote on Learning in a Sustainable School – exploring educational and social benefits, and then ran a workshop on Knowing how effectively the development of a sustainable school is progressing? In the afternoon, I gave a seminar to University academics (and a very welcome, but lone, sustainability manager). This turned into a long conversation about sustainability in HE institutions, with a particular focus on Hope's own strongly ethical foundation and what that might mean for their own development. All very enjoyable, especially as there was a good mix of interests and specialisms present.
We were in a new building with a fine stained glass panel in the atrium that embodied the institution's crest and motto. This was in ancient Greek and I was told it means – roughly:
Faith, Hope and something untranslatable, but probably a heady but ineffable mix of Love, Charity, ... .
Despite this imprecission, there are worse ideas, I thought.