Changing Communities – Changing Perceptions

Partnerships are key to building a better and more prosperous future for all people and our planet (UN Global Goal 17).

At UoG we host RCE Severn – one of the Regional Centres of Expertise in Sustainability Education – a global network co-ordinated through the United Nations University. This is our collaboration platform in sustainability connecting students and staff with partners in the region to collaborate for change and experience sustainability in practice.

Key activities supported through RCE Severn this year:

Live Smart Community Festival March 18th– 4-8pm  –  Gloucester Cathedral

In collaboration with Gloucester Cathedral, this event will celebrate student-community voluntary action on the UN sustainability goals through the Live Smart Challenge, and bring people together to explore, learn and collaborate for a more equal, prosperous and environmentally friendly future for everyone.

Encourage students to take part in the community challenge here

Find out more about the event on the save the date flyer

Book your free place here.

Thread Counts: Love Your Uniform

This year’s RCE-funded LIFT project – sees our School of Education collaborating with the new Cheltenham Education Partnership and our Fashion Design course to address fashion consumption in the context of school uniform. The project will be working with local secondary schools and supporting pupils to gain skills in upcycling, repurposing and sustainable design, culminating in a summer exhibition at the Design Centre.

Find out more at this year’s Festival of Learning

Radical Sustainability Partnership award

Our executive masterclass and ongoing partnership with corporate green leaders, Interface, was recognised in December with an award for ‘Outstanding Flagship Project’ by the United Nations University’s Institute of Advanced Studies in Sustainability.

Our partnership with Interface continues this year through a LIFT project led by the Business School, with an expert seminar given to MBA students and business engagement event on April 29th.

Informing regional policies and plans

In 2018 we co-ordinated a dialogue and submission with regional stakeholders to the Glos 2050 consultation, foregrounding cross-cutting sustainability issues behind this the high-level future of sustainability in our region. In 2019 we contributed to the development of the new Gloucestershire Energy Strategy and several students are now active in its implementation – read about the Youth Climate Panel and the Green Team’s work on our blog here.