News and Updates

  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation

    Off to the launch of the Ellen Macarthur Foundation tonight. The ambition of its education programme is striking: Education at the Foundation revolves around sharing our enthusiasm for the bigger picture. It explores in particular the excitement around the circular...

  • The quality of strawberry jam, if not strained ...

    It is not widely known, but the last government launched another new quango before it mis-managed its own re-election.  This was the Office for Strictures and Controll on Food and Fodder  – OFSCOFF.   As befits an era of austerity, Ofscoff's remit...

  • Jury Service in Barcelona

    In Barcelona last week sitting on a PhD jury – one of these public defences that are literally and metaphorically foreign to the UK.  The thesis was in Catalan with a presentation to an audience of about 35 in that...

  • MoD to set up Defence Awareness Programmes in Schools

    The coalition government announced today that, from 2011, the Ministry of Defence is to set up programmes in order to raise awareness of defence issues within the UK; this will include work in schools.   An MoD representative said "We...

  • Zero Carbon Britain – a treat in store

    In Portcullis House the other night at the launch of Canolfan Dechnoleg Amgen's second Zero Carbon Britain 2030 report.  Pretty gloomy stuff and nothing about education in the presentations. Those speaking certainly seemed cheerful in looking forwards (backwards more like) to the...

  • Update on Writing to the DfE

    UPDATE:  It took about 3 weeks to get a response – which is what they promise, more or less.  But all it said was that there was no news, yet.  Meanwhile, I've written again – at SEEd's behest –  this...

  • Bath Plummets in Green League

    For the third year running, the University has dropped in the People & Planet Green league.  From a dizzy 57th= in 2009, we are now 77th=, just scraping a 2.2, sharing this fame with Cardiff, Leicester, Westminster and Sunderland.  ...

  • Another Day, Another Quango ...

    On June 2nd, as the DfE website notes, it's the GTC whose time has come to an end.  Apart from its own, whose tears will be shed I wonder?  There's a useful list of (and comment on) what seem quite...

  • New ESD Action Plan

    Scotland's Action Plan for the second half of the UN's Decade is available here.  More comment when I've read it.

  • Postcard from Sweden

    I've spent the last few days working with the GRESD network in Uppsala.  This is a splendid group of Swedish PhD candidates and supervisors interested in ESD issues, one way or another.  Between them, the research comprises a rich mixture...