LJMU introduces a degree of change

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Climate change protesters outside Liverpool Town Hall in 2019. Pic © Summer Gedall JMU Journalism

Liverpool John Moores University has added ‘climate change studies’ to its 250-course curriculum, making it the only UK higher education institution to be running the programme.

The new course welcomes students who are passionate advocates about the environmental crisis, as it teaches investigation into climate change, using interdisciplinary skills to tackle pressing issues.

Its leader, Dr Tim Lane, explained that a similar course has been offered by other universities previously, but LJMU is currently the only one running it.

He told JMU Journalism: “This course will, and has already, helped to bring more publicity to this issue. The public response to the course has been impressive.

“With the links which LJMU can make with local business and eco-initiatives, we have the chance to produce a serious number of excellent students with really strong skills. It is great to be at the forefront of this education.

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Dr Lane added: “I think the course will be an amazing opportunity for students across the UK to study the most pressing global issue facing us and those who want to go in a variety of careers.”

The higher education undergraduate BSc course is set to begin in September 2021 and applications can be completed through UCAS.

This is also seen as a boost for Liverpool as it bids to be one of the leading ‘green’ cities in Europe and it has received warm backing from Liverpool City Council.

Cabinet Member for Environment & Sustainability, Laura Robertson-Collins, told JMU Journalism: “I think it is fabulous that LJMU will be offering a climate change course in 2021, as anything that raises profile of this issue and Liverpool’s efforts on this is massively to be welcomed.

“It will be fabulous to generate academic expertise on climate issues in the city, and very useful to those of us looking for advice on innovation and policy implementation.”

Also this month, LJMU’s Vice Chancellor, Ian Campbell, released an announcement declaring a ‘climate emergency’ on behalf of the university.

His statement read: “The step we take today demonstrates how seriously we see the issues facing our planet and the key role that institutions like ours can play in helping to address them. This is a time for leadership and to stand up and be counted.”

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