RCE Wales

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Rce details
United Kingdom
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
December, 2009
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

RCE Cymru/Wales 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’.

Wales is a country with a population of over just 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 borders the Irish Sea to the north and west, England to the east, 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 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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Goals and Objectives:

RCE Cymru/Wales will:

  • Facilitate the creation of cohesive communities or circles 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.
  • Develop 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.
  • Use 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.
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Bangor University & Cardiff Metropolitan University

Key Partners:
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Bangor University
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Cardiff University
  • Glyndŵr University
  • Swansea University
  • University of South Wales
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Current Activities:

Several circles of interest are currently 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 and Sustainable Colleges and Universities (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, Cardiff Met)
  • Communication is a cross-cutting theme (co-ordinated by Gwenan Griffith, Bangor University)
  • Social Prescribing (co-ordinated by Nina Ruddle, Glyndŵr University & Dr Carolyn Wallace, University of South Wales)
  • Language and Culture (Prof Rhys Jones, Dr Elin Royles and Dr Huw Lewis)

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  • Provide a forum to share good practice and facilitate knowledge exchange between academia, business and policy makers.
  • Through collaboration, increase the circle’s research capacity in Welsh institutions.
  • Engage with government, third sector organisations and industry to develop the circle’s research and practice.
  • Provide evidence to inform Government policy and programmes in the circle’s area of expertise.
  • Develop an online forum to facilitate exchange of good practice, funding opportunities, news and events for the circle.
  • Showcase the circle network’s outputs locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Collaborate on including the circle’s theme within curriculum development and training in teaching.
  • Work with the Global Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) network (acknowledged by the United Nations University) to share learning and good practice at regional, national and international levels.
  • Conference: It’s Good to Share – Universities joining forces to put the Well-being of Future Generations Act into practice (7/11/18)

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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Dr Einir Young
Secondary RCE Contact:
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
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RCE mailing address for correspondence:

The Sustainability Lab
Bangor University
LL57 2UW