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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 116 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.

RCE Severn exists to provide a platform for partners from across the wes 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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    Sustainability Partnerships


    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

    RCE Severn host of the next RCE UK Meeting

    21 June 2013, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham

    RCE Severn is hosting a UK RCE meeting in Cheltenham, which will gather representatives from the 8 RCEs acknowledged in the UK by the UNU. We are delighted to count with the participation of Dr Zinaida Fadeeva, from the United Nations University, who will join 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, 7 – 9pm
    Room TC013, Park Campus, University of Gloucestershire

    UNU RCE Severn and the Energy Institute are delighted to invite you to an evening event, led by Vilnis Vesma CEng MEI, which will provide key insights on managing and saving energy in the workplace. More



    Seminar with
    Professor Geoff Scott
    Developing and Assessing Graduates who are ‘Work Ready Plus’”

    10 October 2014, 1.00pm – 2.30pm, Fullwood House, The Park University of Gloucestershire

    The format for this lunchtime seminar will include 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,     Fullwood 15a/b, Park Campus, 12.15-1.30pm


    Degreeplus: Host a UoG student at your organisation!






    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. 

    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.

    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 will take place from 26 to 29 November 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference is 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 reinforce the fundamental role that education plays in achieving a sustainable future worldwide. The conference will be hosted by RCE Greater Nairobi in collaboration with other African RCEs. 

    If you are planning or would like to participate in the 8th RCE Global Conference in Nairobi, please email us at




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