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.
If you have any issues or queries regarding this event, please email [email protected]
WHEN: 7th November