RCE Scotland

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Region:
EUROPE
Country:
United Kingdom
Overview
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
December, 2012
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

Scotland has a long-standing commitment to ESD (learning for sustainability) involving all aspects of learning: formal (e.g. schools, colleges, universities), non-formal (e.g. youth, adult, community, business) and informal (e.g. home, leisure). The UN’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD 2005-14) catalysed activity in all sectors through Action Plans co-ordinated by the Scottish Government. As the Decade came to an end, the ESD community in Scotland considered that the establishment of a Scotland-wide Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) was the most appropriate way to continue the work of promoting and supporting the concept and practice of LfS in Scotland.

RCE Scotland is hosted by the University of Edinburgh and serves all levels of education and all relevant forms of community engagement in all parts of Scotland. It currently has 1300 members (May 2018).

Goals and Objectives:

Vision: 
RCE Scotland’s vision is for Learning for Sustainability to infuse the whole of Scottish society, building our capacity to contribute to sustainability – locally, nationally and globally.

Goal:
Our goal is to work co-operatively to harness the transformative potential of Learning for Sustainability to support a sustainable world: where people and communities value and are engaged with the natural environment; societies are inclusive and equitable; and a vibrant economy contributes to flourishing ecosystems and social justice.

Objectives:
Learning for Sustainability Scotland works actively and co-operatively across all aspects of learning: formal (e.g. schools, colleges, universities); non-formal (e.g. youth, adult, community, business) and informal (e.g. home, leisure); to advance the understanding and practice of Learning for Sustainability in Scotland so it reaches its full transformative potential for change by:

  1. Identifying and sharing existing knowledge, expertise and lessons learned between Scotland's educators, institutions and communities
  2. Actively generating new knowledge and approaches to Learning for Sustainability through cooperative partnerships, projects, initiatives and research
  3. Undertaking monitoring, evaluating, international comparison and gap analysis of progress on Learning for Sustainability in Scotland
  4. Providing Learning for Sustainability advice to practitioners, policy- and decision-makers
  5. Sharing our learning internationally and providing a mechanism for members to learn from others around the world as part of the UNU RCE Network
  6. Ensuring the long-term future of Learning for Sustainability Scotland
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

University of Edinburgh

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: University of St Andrews
Role: Steering Group Chair
Contact name: Dr Rehema White
Contact email: rmw11@st-andrews.ac.uk

Name of organisation: EAUC Scotland
Role: RCE Scotland Youth Co-ordinator and steering group member
Contact name: Rebecca Petford
Contact email: rpetford@eauc.org.uk

Name of organisation: Soil Association
Role: Steering group member
Contact name: Kirsten Leask
Contact email: kirstenleask@yahoo.co.uk

Name of organisation: Sustrans
Role: Steering group member
Contact name: Kate Campbell
Contact email: kate@rexywoof.co.uk

Name of organisation: Edinburgh College
Role: Steering group member
Contact name: Ron MacKay
Contact email: ron.mackay@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

Name of organisation: RSPB Scotland
Role: Steering group member
Contact name: Laura Curtis-Moss

Name of organisation: Heriot Watt University
Role: Steering group member
Contact name: Ullrich Kockel
Contact email: u.kockel@hw.ac.uk

Name of organisation: Abetay University
Role: Steering group member
Contact name: Dr Andrew Samuel
Contact email: A.Samuel@Abertay.ac.uk

Activities
Current Activities:
  • Website and monthly bulletin for members
  • SDGs Advocacy (with SDG Network and UK Stakeholders for sustainable Development)
  • Seminars Conferences for schools. FE/HE, young people
  • Task Groups (Connection to Nature; Community and SDGs; FE/HE)
  • Professional learning for teachers, school leaders
  • Embedding Values and Learning for Sustainability in initial teacher education programmes
Upcoming Activities:
  • Annual networking conference January 2019
  • Website and monthly bulletin for members
  • SDGs Advocacy (with SDG Network and UK Stakeholders for sustainable Development)
  • Seminars Conferences for schools. FE/HE, young people
  • Task Groups (Connection to Nature; Community and SDGs; FE/HE)
  • Professional learning for teachers, school leaders
  • Embedding Values and Learning for Sustainability in initial teacher education programmes
Achievements:
Communication Channels
RCE Website:
Publications:
Twitter handle:
YouTube page:
Other(s):
Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Betsy King, Development Manager
betsyking@lfsscotland.org
Secondary RCE Contact:
Abi Cornwall, Development Officer
abicornwall@lfsscotland.org
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
Rebecca Petford
Laura Curtis-Moss
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

Learning for Sustainability Scotland
1.17 Charteris Land
Moray House School of Education
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh
EH8 8AQ