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RCE Severn

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.

For latest RCE Severn news click here.


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. 

 Please have a look through our brochure, available to download here

 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

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.




Related webpage:
Sustainability Partnerships

Health, Wellbeing and Education for Sustainability: Lessons from the health professions - May 15th 2015

Stefi Barna, visiting from University of East Anglia facilitated an inspiring workshop.
More information here.

Link to presentation


March 9th 2015
Dilys Williams  from the Centre for Sustainable Fashion delivered a Seminar -
Sustainable Fashion: Paradoxes and Paradigms for Change

Dilys Williams Sustainable Fashion Event.pdf


Small Steps Towards Sustainable Business
November 26th 2014
9.30am – 1.00pm,
Fullwood House, Park Campus, University of Gloucestershire
Meg Baker presented on the RCE Severn

The Post-Growth Project: The Regional Dimension,
chaired by John Blewitt
February 11th 2015
6.00 – 8.00pm, Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre, Aston Business School

. Event details:

RCE Severn attends 9th Global RCE Conference and World Conference on ESD

Seminar with
Professor Geoff Scott
Developing and Assessing Graduates who are ‘Work Ready Plus
10 October 2014
University of Gloucestershire

The format for this lunchtime seminar included Prof Scott presenting on his work so far followed by the opportunity for discussion.

Future Earth Seminar with Professor Tim O’Riordan
Wednesday 9th April, 2014
University of Gloucestershire

University wins International Award

The University has been awarded an ‘Outstanding Flagship Project’ Recognition Award by the United Nations University Regional Centres of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development. More

8th RCE Global Conference Nairobi, 26-29 November 2013
UNEP Headquarters

The 8th Global Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) on Education for Sustainable Development Conference took place from 26 to 29 November 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference provided an opportunity to bring together a wide variety of stakeholders – from cities, communities, governments, industry, international organizations, and academia – to discuss, debate and launch activities that reinforced the fundamental role that education plays in achieving a sustainable future worldwide. The conference was hosted by RCE Greater Nairobi in collaboration with other African RCEs.

RCE Severn hosted RCE UK Meeting
21 June 2013,
University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham

RCE Severn hosted a UK RCE meeting in Cheltenham, which  gathered representatives from the 8 RCEs acknowledged in the UK by the UNU. We were delighted to count with the participation of Dr Zinaida Fadeeva, from the United Nations University, who joined the meeting online to convene and guide the discussion. More.

RCE Severn/ Energy Institute Event: “Energy Management: Energising the Workforce

Led by Vilnis Vesma
23rd April 2013,
University of Gloucestershire

UNU RCE Severn and the Energy Institute hosted an evening event, led by Vilnis Vesma CEng MEI, which provided key insights on managing and saving energy in the workplace. More

New! Film on recent sustainability intership with GCC

New video showcasing the sustainability experience of two second-year UoG students, who have recently completed a successful internship with Gloucestershire County Council (GCC). More.


Learning for Sustainable Futures Event.

10th June 2015 (10am - 4.00pm)Fullwood House, Park Campus, University of Gloucestershire

More information to come. For details please contact Dr Alex Ryan: or to book your place email Barbara Rainbow:

More information here.


Responsible Future Accreditation Scheme

11th June 2015 (2.00 - 3.45pm) Fullwood House, Park Campus, University of Gloucestershire

Jamie Agombar, Head of Sustainability, National Union of Students will be speaking on the pilot of this whole institution approach to social responsibility and sustainability. More information available here.


What do graduates of Australian Environment and Sustainability Higher Education qualifications need to know and be able to do?

22nd June 2015 (12.30 - 2.00pm)Fullwood House, Park Campus, University of Gloucestershire Bonnie McBain (Seminar - University of Newcastle, Australia)More information here.


Your Green Future Gloucestershire.

25th/ 26th June 2015  All day – Park Campus, University of Gloucestershire
RCE Severn and University of Gloucestershire are supporting and hosting

More information available at:



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RCE Severn is currently looking for forward thinking organisations that seek to invest in employability and take on enthusiastic students who can develop sustainability skills, but also contribute to achieve your organisational goals. 

University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH. Telephone +44 (0)844 8010001.