To understand, respect and embrace diversity, different cultures and different ways of working, and to recognise the global and sustainability issues that affect us on a personal and professional basis.


Global citizenship is the umbrella term for social, political, environmental, and economic actions of globally minded individuals and communities on a worldwide scale. It is about acting responsibly and ethically, and caring for others and the environment. 
Understanding international perspectives and interactions with people and organisations from different cultures can broaden skills and provide valuable experiences to refer to in many contexts. In an increasingly interconnected world, being able to engage in communication with people from a wide range of different backgrounds is paramount. 
Sustainability is a key feature. Sustainable practices support ecological, human, and economic health and vitality. Sustainability presumes that resources are finite, and should be used conservatively and wisely with a view to long-term priorities and consequences of the ways in which resources are used. 
Promoting global citizenship in sustainable development will allow individuals to embrace their social responsibility to act for the benefit of all societies, not just their own. 
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become a priority for organisations all over the world.  It is ingrained in company culture and something that new employees look for when applying for jobs. Digital solutions are becoming the norm such as online documents, instant messaging apps and cloud-based file storage.  

Key behaviours associated with being a global citizen

  • Personal responsibility
  • Respect
  • Understanding
  • Sustainability
  • Equality
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion and belonging
  • Global community
  • Local community
  • Ethics
  • Human rights
  • Values
  • Cultural awareness
  • Actions have consequences
  • World mindedness
  • Internationalisation
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Making a difference
  • Contributing
  • Civic engagement

Examples of Outcomes

Students should be able to: 

  • Keep up-to-date with current affairs and world news
  • Critically engage with of one or more current global challenges
  • Challenge assumptions and value other perspectives 
  • Reflect and respond appropriately to international content within the subject material
  • Welcome exposure to the richness of multi-cultural and international experiences, opportunities and ways of thinking
  • Be aware of international opportunities that exist beyond the UK
  • Use their initiative to take positive action to improve their own life and the lives of others 
  • Understand the impact business, policy and the economy has on the environment and global developments
  • Demonstrate keenness to take action for a better world
  • Transform their ideas into sustainable social enterprises
  • Cultivate knowledge and understanding of how the University contributes effectively to the global community and sustainability challenge
  • Articulate what it means to be an equality and diversity champion 
  • Address the need for sustainability development within their academic, personal and professional life

Curriculum Design Strategies

Include formative and summative assessments which exemplifies the importance of understanding sustainability, multi-cultural and global perspectives and develops students’ skills accordingly.
Needs to take into account and make clear unconscious bias.
Assessment strategies need to differentiate for those students in different geographical locations.

Curriculum Delivery Strategies (examples)

  • Content Delivery – Provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their awareness and sense of role as a global citizen through the consideration of wider world issues
  • Assessments – Design assessments which demonstrate respect and value of diversity within the subject matter
  • Group Activities – Design activities which assist students in considering a sustainable way of life and help to develop solutions to the challenges they face as global citizens
  • Guest Speakers – Provide students with the opportunity to hear from experts on global issues
  • Producing outputs - such as films, posters, or business ideas linked to sustainability
  • Peer Advocacy Exercises - Provide students with the opportunity to take action to represent the rights and interests of someone other than themselves
  • Third Sector Consultancy – Provide students with the opportunity to work with a local charity, providing consultancy and support
  • Bolton Award – Encourage students to participate in internal and external award schemes, which provide opportunities for work experience in the community 
  • Legal Advice/Accountancy Clinics – Encourage students to support these consultancy activities that support the wider community.