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RCE Cymru

  • RCE Cymru: Llesiant Cenedlaethau'r Dyfodol :: Well-being of Future GenerationsThe Vision for RCE Cymru

    RCE Cymru facilitates collaboration to research, develop and promote a greater understanding of sustainability and well-being of current and future generations, and is central to co-developing the sustainable ‘Wales we want’.

    RCE Cymru will:

    • Facilitate the creation of cohesive communities or orbits of interest driven in part but not exclusively by the Welsh Universities’ Future Generations Group (HEFGG), each community working to its strength and sharing that expertise so that individual strength becomes the strength of all.
    • Developing a ‘hub of expertise’ for education on sustainable development and the well-being of future generations across Welsh Universities which will work with the communities of interest across Wales to research and promote local and global citizenship.
    • Using the Well-being of Future Generations framework – the one sustainable development goal, the four pillars, the five ways of working and the seven Wellbeing Goals enshrined in the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 to guide and shape the work of the RCE and to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • What’s an RCE?

    An RCE is a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal organisations that facilitate learning towards sustainable development in local and regional communities. A network of RCEs worldwide constitute the Global Learning Space for Sustainable Development.

    An RCE involves a range of stakeholders including higher education institutions, environmental NGOs, scientists, researchers, museums, local government, businesses, volunteers, or individuals who work in the spheres of sustainable development such as economic growth, social development, and environmental protection, students and learners at all levels.

    RCEs bring together institutions at the regional level to jointly promote Education for Sustainable Development. They build innovative platforms to share information and experiences and to promote dialogue among regional/local stakeholders through partnerships for sustainable development.

    A global network of RCEs formed in 2003 by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability in response to the UN resolution announcing the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).  Currently over 150 RCEs have officially been acknowledged by the United Nations University worldwide.

    For further details visit the RCE website.

  • RCE Cymru’s conference in the north

    On 6th September in Neuadd Reichel, Bangor University, people from the north will be introduced to RCE Cymru and invited to join forces to create circles of interest with a local flavour.

    RCE Cymru’s aim is to provide publicity to existing groups and encourage people to create new groups of interest around new topics, if they so wish and to give those groups a Welsh and international platform.

    These circles of interest are already being formed:

    • The circular economy
    • Healthy Universities and Colleges
    • Regeneration Teaching and Learning
    • Communication is a cross-cutting theme

    Other circles are brewing:

    • Education for a better food system
    • Social Prescribing
    • Language and Culture
    • Sounding boards for the Public Service Boards

    There is scope for community energy groups to join if they so wish and there’s gaping hole labelled ‘innovation and enterprise’ if anyone is interested.

    The rules of engagement are as follows:

    We are here to help not hinder, to collaborate not compete, to involve not exclude and more importantly to enhance the day job not create more work.


    You can register now for the event using Eventbrite

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  • It’s good to talk – Universities joining forces to put the Well-being of Future Generations Act into practice

    This event is about bringing emerging circles of interest around the Well-being of Future Generations in the Higher Education sector (HE sector) to the attention of the wider array of public services across Wales and to invite them to join us on a journey towards a new, collaborative way of working.  Whilst the HE sector is not required to comply with the Well-being of Future Generations Act (WFGA), some people within the sector have embraced it.

    Having met to discuss how their institutions are implementing sustainable development practices over a number of years, the Higher Education Future Generations Group (HEFGG) has challenged itself to do things differently. They are working together on a number of circles of interest to relaunch the Wales Regional Centre of Expertise for sustainability and the well-being of current and future generations (RCE-Cymru). They would like people from all walks of life – public, third sector and private individuals to join forces with them if you so wish.

    The group’s mantra is as follows: “Not more work but changing the way we work”. This is not about adding an extra burden to already busy lives, but using the power of the group and the opportunity to think and reflect to make everyone’s day job easier. It’s well known that Universities are a mine of useful research, the challenge is getting it out there to see the light of day. We want to make that happen.

    This event will be a great opportunity to develop stronger links between sectors, which will ultimately benefit the people of Wales through the impact of the ways of working and seven well-being goals outlined in the WFGA.

    We visualise this event as being a two way sharing of ideas between sectors to contribute towards the Wales we want.

    At the moment, several circles of interest are in development and the group is looking for interested participants. So far the following groups have emerged:

    • The circular economy (co-ordinated by Dr Gavin Bunting, Swansea University)
    • Healthy Universities and Colleges (co-ordinated by Chris Deacy, Cardiff Met)
    • Regeneration (co-ordinated by Dr Sheena Carlisle and Tim Palazon, Cardiff Met)
    • Teaching and Learning (co-ordinated by Dr Carolyn Hayles, UWTSD)
    • Communication is a cross-cutting theme and is co-ordinated by Bangor University’s Sustainability Lab.

    Other circles are starting to form:

    • Education for a better food system (Jane Powell)
    • Social Prescribing (co-ordinated by Nina Ruddle, Glyndŵr University)
    • Language and Culture (co-ordinators to be confirmed)
    • Sounding boards for the Public Service Boards (Nina Ruddle and Dr Einir Young – in the north of Wales initially)
    Who the seminar is for

    This seminar is primarily aimed at public bodies with a duty to report under the Well-being of Future Generations Act but is also open to third sector organisations with shared interests in the circles of interest.

    This event, organised by Bangor University’s Sustainability Lab on behalf of the HEFGG is supported by the Bangor University ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and held in partnership with the Wales Audit Office Good Practice Exchange.

    Where and when

    10:00 – 16:00

    Wednesday 7th of November 2018

    The SSE SWALEC, Cardiff, CF11 9XR


    You can register now for the event using Eventbrite

    If you have any issues or queries regarding this event, please email

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  • The Secretariat

    In 2017 the Wales RCE underwent a rejuvenation process, to reflect the new developments and responsibilities outlined in the Well-being of Future Generations Act.  The secretariat currently consists of three Higher Education institutions.

    Yvonne Jones

    Yvonne Jones

    Swansea University

    (Cross Cutting Themes Officer, Computational Foundry, SEACAMS2, AgorIP and founder member of the original RCE Secretariat)


    Einir Young

    Dr Einir Young

    Bangor University

    (Director of Sustainability, Bangor University, and Chair of HEFGG)



    Chris Deacy

    Chris Deacy

    Cardiff Metropolitan University

    (Assistant HR Director: Health, Safety and Well-being)

  • Gogledd Eryri :: North Snowdonia


    Wales is a country with a population of over 3 million people, with 560,000 Welsh speakers, and is a bilingual nation.  It has a total land area of 20,758 sq.kms, with over 2,700km of coastline and large mountainous areas with its highest summit, Snowdon standing at 1,085 meters.  Wales is bordered by the Irish Sea to the north and west, England to the west, and the Bristol Channel to the south.

    Wales was amongst the first nations to make sustainable development a constitutional duty, the first Fair Trade Nation and the first nation in the world to legislate for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

    The Well-being GoalsThe Well-being of Future Generations Act requires public bodies in Wales to think about the long-term impact of their decisions, to work better with people, communities and each other, and to prevent persistent problems such as poverty, health inequalities and climate change.

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