RCE Severn is a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) in Sustainability Education. The centre is endorsed by the United Nations University and is one of 136 similar centres throughout the world.
Based in Cheltenham at the University of Gloucestershire, the RCE has been set up to assist the Severn area in moving towards sustainable development through a process of learning, participatory engagement and partnership building.
Expanding local points of focus to link people and activities across wider regions is essential for strong sustainability practice, to link urban and rural development issues, to understand dynamics that cut across local boundaries, and to connect local and national activities. Widening the span of partnership work is essential to enable these connections to be made and collaborations to emerge. Learning and action for sustainability is being promoted across the Severn region through the projects and partnerships created in the UNU Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) in ESD.
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RCE Severn exists to provide a platform for partners from across the west midlands and south west areas to work together to develop and implement innovative projects and programmes in sustainability education. RCE partners can learn from each other as they engage in sustainability education initiatives, and by working together, they can achieve outcomes beyond what it is possible to achieve by working in isolation. The RCE builds capacity to implement change to address global and local sustainability challenges by:
- Building a consortium of partners from the voluntary, public, education and businesses sectors; linking stakeholders skilled in learning, education, communication, journalism and public engagement
Facilitating shared learning opportunities among partners
- Collaborating on joint projects
- Joint bidding for projects
- Raising awareness of sustainability issues in ways which build the capacity, skills and knowledge to bring about long-term and sustained change
- Supporting opportunities for gaining first hand experience of sustainability through volunteering and internships with RCE partners
- Complementing and adding value to existing initiatives and networks, extending these to provide cross-sectoral and cross-regional learning
- Seeking to influence and inspire the sustainable contribution of key national and regional strategies that impact on the work of RCE partners.
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New RCE Severn Chair
The RCE Severn is very pleased to announce John Blewitt as our new Chair, John will be working closely with us to continue the work of the RCE across the South West and West Midlands. Read more here
New RCE Severn Coordinator
Following Ingrid Mula’s departure, we have the great pleasure of welcoming Meg Baker to our UoG team. Meg commenced her appointment as RCE Severn Coordinator on the 11th August. She can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
Meg has an MSc distinction in Environmental Consultancy from Plymouth University and a Geography degree from the University of Glasgow. She has 10 years’ experience of working in the outdoor industry with young people and adults in the UK but also with partnerships overseas in countries such as Malaysia and Greece. She has recently led a feasibility study and launch strategy for a ‘Big Green Gap Year’ (BiGGY) programme in the area of sustainability. This is an exciting work-based programme for future graduates which involved her connecting closely with NGOs, community groups, businesses and local government. Meg’s experience of working in a higher education environment extends to the Learning for Sustainable Futures Scheme through which she developed Education for Sustainability training for University student representatives. Outside work, Megan is a keen cyclist, sailor and climber, and has been sailing in the B14 world championships in Melbourne last December this year.