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Our partnerships connect us with our community, to foster collaboration, share learning, and make progress on local sustainability goals. At the local level, RCE Severn provides the platform for the University’s sustainability programme to work with partners across the public, private and third sectors. We focus on shared goals at local and regional level that contribute to global sustainability.

Local RCE Severn activities connect our students and staff with people outside the university, to develop new initiatives, share expertise, create ideas and swap skills. These collaborations help us all to do more, think differently and learn new ways to move our societies and organisations forward.

Collaboration through the RCE is one of the goals in our sustainability strategy and opportunities can be developed with people from any of our research groups and course teams. The RCE is co-ordinated by the University’s sustainability team who can put you in touch with others who share your interests to develop training activities, unique events and applied projects.

RCE Severn supports different kinds of activities

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Learning through action – The Edible Garden

Tucked away at Francis Close Hall campus in Cheltenham, the Edible Garden brings together local residents with staff and students to create community gardening, grow food and develop permaculture skills. It provides an outdoor classroom and works with the St Pauls Road Area Residents Association and local police. It was set up over 10 years ago, with funding from Cheltenham Borough Council.

Volunteers meet regularly on Sundays. To get involved, visit the Edible Garden facebook page.

Informing Policy – Local Action for the Global Goals

As the Glos2050 consultation took shape in 2018, the RCE network held an event to bring together the concerns of a range of local people and organisations about how the county would position its sustainable development priorities.

See the event programme here.

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Student Interns & Placements – Don’t Toss for Glos

University students in a range of subjects are keen to gain professional experience on sustainability-related projects and can bring you fresh ideas, skills and insights. ‘Don’t Toss for Glos’ saw students hold competitions with advertising campaigns aiming to increase recycling and reduce waste to landfill, working with Gloucestershire County Council

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