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What’s on this October half term at CAT?

Half-term highlights with an autumn theme Throughout the October half term CAT will be running seasonally themed kids activities in the straw bale theatre ( 11am-3pm Monday to Friday). From celebrating the harvest and the coming winter to story telling, crazy inventing and our specially designed educational tours for children. For adults we will be running zero carbon Britain workshops and specialised tours of CAT. Check out the visit.cat.org.uk website for specific timings. The restaurant will be serving warming, delicious and... Read More ››

Masters Courses Open Day November 2014

16 November at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) 10:30 – 4:30 Join us on Sunday the 16th November to meet tutors and decide which environmental masters degree at CAT is most suitable for you. There will be an opportunity to: * Have a tour of the Centre, including accommodation and teaching facilities * * Meet past and current students * * Meet tutors on the courses * * Experience a taster lecture * To book a place, including... Read More ››

New heads of education

CAT is delighted to welcome Jane Fisher and Tom Barker to the new post of Head of Education in a job share role. The role will involve development of new business opportunities in education and strategic oversight and support for our educational departments. Jane and Tom will be taking up their post on 14th October. Jane has worked as a lecturer and BSc programme leader in ecology and conservation and has substantial experience as a research ecologist in addition... Read More ››

Scottish politics, drawing and dancing with the professional diploma students.

By Professional diploma student Kirsty Cassels. After a false start to the Professional Diploma in Architecture course last year and therefore already knowing the tutors, some of the existing and new students and what the course consisted of, I was far less nervous than some of my peers might have been turning up to a new course to meet new people and start the next journey on our eventual path to fully qualified architect. Excitement eclipsed the long drive... Read More ››

Transition People, Transformation People

Helen Kennedy, a student on CAT’s new MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation masters course reflects on her experience of the first module. A fortnight ago, I was preparing for my first week away, holidays discounted, for many years. I’ve been 22 years out of my own academia, and 22 years in the world of education as a teacher. Certainly, my career involved the odd training day, but as educational policy changed, so did the nature of these training days, and... Read More ››

5 signs you should come to this year’s CAT conference

1. You’d like to make a difference at home or in your community 2. You want to connect with other active and knowledgeable members 3. You’re concerned about fracking and other fuel exploration in the UK 4. You’d like a chance to explore our woodlands, gardens and original quarry 5. You’re keen to learn, share, debate, network, eat, drink and dance in beautiful, autumnal mid-Wales   Special guest speakers include: Andy Rowell is an award-winning writer and investigative journalist... Read More ››

Free teacher training – Energy today and tomorrow

Education for sustainable energy – free teacher training 28 October 2014 at the Centre for Alternative Technology (with an option to stay overnight 27th to 29th).  “Excellent day! Lots of ideas to take away” Ysgol Tywyn June 20th 2014 Get activity ideas for bringing global issues into the classroom on a free one day course. Aimed at teachers and trainees at secondary level, the course focuses on energy and sustainable futures. It is mainly delivered through interactive activities, backed up with... Read More ››

Response to David Cameron’s New York climate change speech

Alice Hooker-Stroud, researcher on the Zero Carbon Britain report, who spoke at the Peoples Climate March on Sunday, responded to David Cameron’s speech to the UN Climate Summit in New York today. She said: “David Cameron could have, but failed, to deliver a commitment to reach zero carbon emissions – an achievable and necessary target for the UK. He talked about raising the global ambition but failed to take on the UK’s responsibility in doing so. Instead, he implied... Read More ››

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