This year’s sustainability skills survey by the NUS has resulted in over 9000 responses from higher and further education institutions, and from sixth-form Colleges.
The results will be available shortly, following data analysis; meanwhile, the pattern of responses has thrown up useful comparative data. Here are a few examples:
- There were responses from 354 institutions
- The number of responses per institution ranges from 958 to 1
- The mode of responses is 1 per institution
- The median is 3 responses
- 4 institutions saw over 600 responses each; all were universities
- 6 institutions had between 200 and 599 responses each; one of these was an FE college which came 6th overall.
- 10 institutions provided between 100 and 199 responses each; two were FE colleges and one was a sixth-form college, which came 20th, overall, ahead of a large number of universities.
- 16 institutions provided between 50 and 99 responses each; again, two were FE colleges and one was a sixth-form college, which came 26th, overall, once again ahead of a large number of universities, some of which have something of "a name" for sustainability-focused work.
- 25 institutions provided between 20 and 49 responses each; six were FE colleges
- As the number of responses per institution falls, the proportion that are colleges and sixth-form colleges increases; that said, 11 universities provided only 2 responses each, and 12 universities provided only one.
I'll let others comment on these, and any other data available. However, I do wonder, will this extension of responses into colleges and, particularly, sixth-forms – which some may see as a democratisation of involvement – will have any impact on the outcome.