In a new collaborative project, we’ve teamed up with the University’s School of Education and Cheltenham Education Partnership (CEP) to deliver a transformative and inspiring event that will support sustainability action and learning across 10 secondary schools in Cheltenham. 

The collaborative summit event this summer forms part of a wider CEP initiative, ‘ChangeMakers’; which is empowering young people to take positive action for sustainability in their schools and communities.  

Supported by the University’s Learning Innovation for tomorrow (LIFT) fund, the summit will include a training package to equip students with skills to create change for sustainability through cutting-edge industry insights and examples of sustainability learning in action from across the University. 

Drawing on University best practice in Education for Sustainability (EfS), the project will also help to drive curriculum changes in our School of Education and provide professional development resources for teachers and trainees, to equip them to integrate EfS approaches into their own practice.  

Legacy materials will be available for all UoG course teams to support ongoing sustainability innovation.  

This project is an exciting opportunity to empower young people not just to demand system change, but to be at the heart of making it happen. We’re looking forward to sharing how our Education for Sustainability work is a powerful tool in helping young people to drive change now, and in their lives as future professionals.  

Collaboration is key to sustainability, and we’re excited to work with Cheltenham Education Partnership this year as one of our RCE Severn partnership projects.

Miriam Webb

Sustainability Engagement Manager, University of Gloucestershire

What is ChangeMakers? 

Created by the CEP, the ChangeMakers initiative was launched in November 2021 across 10 Cheltenham state and independent secondary schools taking action against climate change. The project aims to empower Cheltenham’s young people with a voice and support them to take positive action towards more environmentally sustainable schools and communities. 

The launch event was held at Cheltenham Town Hall with guests including Planet CheltenhamSevern WyeLogical UtilitiesFoodLoose, Plastic Free North Devon, and chaired by Reid Derby (Strategic Advisor on Innovation at Golden Valley Development). 

Throughout the academic year, ChangeMakers are working on projects in their schools and local community to drive positive actions.  

‘Empowering ChangeMakers’ provides the next phase of work that will build on the ChangeMakers schools-based projects.