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RCE East Midlands-2010-2010

RCE East Midlands-2010

1. Continent: 
Europe
2. Country: 
United Kingdom
3. Location
Latitude: 
52.6146°N
Longitude: 
1.1096°W
4. Address: 
RCE East Midlands C/O Lifeworlds Learning 15a - 17a Getliffes Yard Leek Staffordshire ST13 6HU
6. Contact Details
Name of Contact Person(s): 
Hugh Fenton
Rob Bowden
Telephone: 
+44 1604 786235
+44 7814 873402
7. Dissemination references : 
Activities of the RCE. We are at the process of reorganising. Only information is retrospective or looking at new structure / organisation
8. Date of Acknowledgment : 
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
9. Initial motivation for the establishment of your RCE : 
We wanted better communication and collaboration with ESD champions in the region, more status for our activities in the eyes of regional decision-makers and funders, and potential collaboration with other RCEs.
10. Vision of your RCE : 
To continue with the original motivation and achieve working across the various sectors in the Region
11. Shift of focus : 
Vision and Values are currently under review as part of the reorganisation.
12. Which organization hosts the secretariat of your RCE?
Name of Organization: 
Lifeworlds Learning
Type of Organization (select from the drop down menu): 
Other
If Other Specify: 
A learning community interest company
13. Short description of your RCE : 
In the process of reorganising for sustainability beyond 2014
14. Added value of your RCE
Transformational Leadership
Sub Type: 
Proactive
Shared Vision
Brief Explanation: 
See the activity of the Working groups as see in section 3 and through the Management Group for the RCE. 2012: Through working groups and the managemet group . Also the current sustainability reorganisation
Innovation_Netwok
Sub Type: 
Creating new ideas for SD
Strong trust between partners
Brief Explanation: 
See the activity of the Working groups as see in section 3 and through the Management Group for the RCE. 2012: As above
Decision Influencing Network
Sub Type: 
Common strategies
Shared leadership
Brief Description: 
See the activity of the Working groups as see in section 3 and through the Management Group for the RCE. 2012: As above
ESD & Learning
Sub Type: 
ESD projects
Reflective thinking
Brief Description: 
See the activity of the Working groups as see in section 3 and through the Management Group for the RCE. 2012: As above
Transdisciplinary Research
Sub Type: 
Addressing society research needs
Mutual learning between science and Society
Brief Description: 
See the activity of the Working groups as see in section 3 and through the Management Group for the RCE. 2012: As above
15. Main issues of your RCE
Sustainability / Sustainable Development issues
Details: 
See projects 2012: As above
Capacity development / ESD issues
Details: 
We have no core funding so the RCE work through voluntary contributions of the members. 2012: As above
Operational and organizational issues
Details: 
"Localalism" agenda which has significantly reduced the REgional Infrastructure 2012: As above
Other
Details: 
Low carbon economy. 2012: 2 working groups are active. Current focus on reorganisation for sustainabllity
16. Flagship projects of your RCE
Project name: 
Further Education Themed Meetings
Status: 
On Going
Short description Describe in 2-3 sentences: 
Bimonthly meetings at different colleges, exploring each exploring different theme such as procurement, curriculum enrichment for vocational education and training
Keywords Max. of 5 key words, please separate with a semicolon ";" : 
Vocational education, Buildings, Curriculum, Community
Contact for further information (name and e-mail) : 
Roy Morgan-Wood and John Stephenson
Project name: 
Regional Sustainable School Case-studies, Providers, and Events
Status: 
On Going
Short description: 
The website www.sustainableschoolseastmidlands.org.uk provides a number of primary and secondary school case studies, and a list of regional ESD providers. About 5 of the 9 local authorities held annual events for teachers, and in some cases pupils - for example the Lincolnshire County council Showcase http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/section.asp?sectiontype=listmixed&catid=21840
Keywords Max. of 5 key words: 
Sustainable Schools, Case-studies, Providers, Events
Contact for further: 
Margaret Fleming, Claire Plumb & Rob Bowden
Project Name: 
Regional Higher Education sharing good practice
Short description: 
Regular meeting involving all HE institutions in the Region
Keywords Max. of 5 key words: 
sharing, collaboration,trans-discipline, trans-institution, encouraging
Contact for further: 
Ed Brown and Paul Warwick
17. Main results and achievements
a) Advance towards objectives: : 
Rather than the initial ambilitions, work has concentrated in 3 working groups. THE RCE has continued to operate now for 3 years without a funded secretariat showing the commitment of those involved. 2012: Current focus is reorganisation
c) Contributions to reforms and innovations: 
Mainly through the activity of the Working Groups (see section 3) plus the Chair maintaining contact with key Regional bodies. 2012: As above
d) Unexpected results : 
Although the vision of the RCE is shared by key Regional bodies and institutions, none is prepared to fund core activities. 2012: No - the desire to continue is still evident
e) Impressions and learnings: 
2012: Too early to finalise
18. Objectives of the year (please add your objectives year by year (2010, 2011,): 
For 2011/12, we will continue with the Low Carbon Economy Theme within reduced resources. 2012: Set and start operating a new sustainable structure and organisation
Tagging
Type: 
Project Reports
Region: 
Europe
b) Measures:: 
With a new Government in the UK with views that are likley to transform Regional bodies, we are currently waiting to see exactly what is planned and then adapt to link with the work of new bodies / structure.

RCE East Midlands-2010-2010

RCE East Midlands-2010

1. Leadership, Vision and Objectives
1. Vision of your RCE: 
A regional framework for members to collaborate, research, inform, advise, promote and develop ESD activity together so that, by the end of the UN Decade for ESD in 2014, learning is central to the vision of sustainability in the East Midlands and ESD is central to education and training in all sectors. 2012: Under review
2. Leadership structure
a. Administration: 
1
b. Transactional : 
3
c. Transformational : 
6
2. Social Network
3. Core partners: 
In 2006 when established as an RCE we had 46 formal partners who all signed a partnership agreement. In 2010 partners are mainly from the membership of the 3 working groups. HE Group - Most of the 10 higher education institutions have attended the periodic meetings, led by Leicester and Loughborough Universities. FE Group (Further or Vocational Education) - Most of the 30 FE institutions have participated in the ESD audit, graduate assistant placement scheme and bimonthly meetings. Leicester University and Leicester College have led the group, with administrative support from Leicester University. Schools Group - Most of the 9 local authorities have been represented by staff with responsibility for sustainable schools. Some voluntary organisations have also supported such as Skillshare International, Food and Farming, Woodcraft Folk. The Government Office for the East Midlands has been a core partner and funder of the Schools group. The East Midlands Development Agency, Groundwork East Midlands and StudentForce for Sustainability have supported the working groups and Management Group. 2012: A revised partnership is being formed including Universities, Further Education colleges, schools, local authorities, businesses and voluntary sector
4. Cooperation and communication : 
Through the 3 working groups, each with 2 co-chairs, and the Management Group of these co-chairs, chair and external contact. We use a website and have used a newsletter in the past. Regular emails are sent to group members by the co-chairs of the 3 working groups, and regular bimonthly meetings are held by the FE and Schools group, and periodic meetings by the HE group. 2012: In reorganisation phase, mainly face-to-face meetings
5. Facilitating development
Connections / Partnership with
UN institutions
yes/no: 
Yes
If yes, give examples: 
UNESCO ESD conferences attended by Coordinator. UNEVOC workshop attended by Coordinator and passed on to FE Group. 2012: Attendance at conferences.
Other international organizations
yes/no: 
Yes
If yes, give examples: 
Through members.
Other RCEs
yes/no: 
Yes
If yes, give examples: 
Through members.
International experts
yes/no: 
Yes
If yes, give examples: 
Through members.
Expert organizations at national, regional and global levels
yes/no: 
Yes
If yes, give examples: 
Through members.
6. Social network
a. Information network (exchanging information, e.g. building up a database for SD projects): 
3
b. Knowledge network (creating knowledge by collaboration, e.g. finding synergies between partners by experience exchange): 
3
c. Innovation network (creating innovation by co-creation and shared vision,e.g. investigating new solutions for challenges by f: 
4
3. Participation
7. Participation of actors : 
Through the Management Group & within the working groups. Through event organised by working group members or by the management group 2012: Through involvement in the reorganisation
8. Participation opportunities
a.Informational participation (people get informed about decisions and actions): 
5
b.Consultation participation (people are asked about their needs and opinions): 
1
c.Decision influencing participation (people are involved in decision making processes): 
4
4. Education & Learning
9. Educational activities : 
See secton 3 2012: Vision is under review
10. Competences and capabilities : 
See section 3 2012: Structure under review
Connections / Partnership with
a. Access to quality basic education
yes/no: 
Yes
If yes, give examples: 
Through working groups
b. Training for different sectors of the society
yes/no: 
Yes
If yes, give examples: 
Through working groups
c. Public awareness
yes/no: 
Yes
If yes, give examples: 
Through working groups
d. Reorientation of existing education
yes/no: 
Yes
If yes, give examples: 
Through working groups
12. Educational activities
a. Theory (communicating of ESD principles, strategies, examples): 
2
b. Discussion (knowledge exchange and mutual learning on ESD): 
3
c. Interactive & Multidimensional (Action oriented learning, e.g. workshops, intergenerational, interdisciplinary,…) : 
5
5. Research Integration
13. Research & Development (R&D): 
See section 3 2012: Through the Management and working groups
14. Research partners : 
As Working groups 2012: Working and Management group members
15. Description of research
a. Disciplinary (focusing on one discipline of research, e.g. social aspects) : 
6
b. Interdisciplinary (taking interrelations between disciplines into account, e.g. economic effects on the environment and peopl: 
3
c. Transdisciplinary (involving affected people into your research activities, e.g. interviews with affected people): 
1
Tagging
Continent: 
Europe
Country: 
United Kingdom
Region: 
Europe
Type: 
Project Reports
RCE East Midlands Sustainable Schools Working Group
Further Education (FE) Group of the RCE East Midlands
Higher Education Working Group

RCE East Midlands-2010

1. Aim: What was the aim of your evaluation? : 
To improve the delivery of our aims
2. Time: When was your evaluation undertaken? : 
Evaluation occurs at all Management Group Meetings
3. Participants & role: Who participated in evaluation and what was their role? : 
Chair, Working Group chairs &/or c-chairs, external contact & funding
4. Method for getting information: How did you obtain information necessary for evaluation? : 
From members and stakeholders
5. Findings: What are the main findings of your self-evaluation? : 
A refocus on a single theme - low carbon economy - for the short term.

Manage with what current resources that we have in the period of expenditure reduction
6. Evaluation: Please indicate if your RCE undertakes any other forms of evaluation. : 
Not currently
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