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HEI Grand ChallengeStewarding the Transition
LeadAndrea Deverell

Mission Statement

By 2030, UL will provide access to the mission lab process and learning content to its alumni, and offer them opportunities to engage with the mission portfolio.By 2030, UL will have piloted a sustainability- led governance model and have shaped HE policy within Ireland
Transitioning to a sustainable society requires new postures and mindsets to leadership. This mission sees UL explore and adopt new approaches to governance and organisational structure, allin service of the realisation of the sustainable university vision. In doing so, the university will act as a working model that can support the transformation of HEI’s globally.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 global goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to promote sustainable development and address social, economic, and environmental challenges. Each mission and associated project within the Mission Lab portfolio is directly linked to one or more SDGs, ensuring all efforts are in service of true impact.

Sustainable Development Goals in Focus

01No Poverty
02Zero Hunger
03Good Health and Well-being
04Quality Education
05Gender Equality
06Clean Water and Sanitation
07Affordable and Clean Energy
08decent work and economic growth
09Industry, Innovation and infrastructure
10reduced inequalities
11Sustainable Cities and Communities
12Responsible Consumption and Production
13Climate Action
14Life Below Water
15Life on Land
16Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
17Partnerships for the Goals


+openness to change
+shaping HE policy
+staff sustainability education
+new governance models
+open innovation
+posture and mindset shifts
+transparency and accountability
-experimentation reluctance
-innovation stagnation
-barriers to change


Official metrics are yet to be defined by the mission team and additional key stakeholders. This will occur upon commencement of the mission projects and will be influenced by data derived from baseline studies of the systems relevant to each mission.

Mission Model

The mission model is a structured framework that guides the development and execution of each mission. This model allows for a flexible and dynamic approach to mission-based work, where diverse stakeholders can come together to create positive change.
HEI Grand Challenge
Stewarding the Transition
Transition Governance Framework
Cross Sector Innovation
Technology Transfer Office
Finance and Performance
Research Office
International Networks
Project Portfolio
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