News in brief - Spring 2010

UK businesses fly the green flag in Europe

Dan Norris MP, minister for Rural Affairs and the Environment, visited the RSA on 2 March to announce the names of the 11 UK businesses selected to go through to the prestigious European Business Awards for the Environment later this year. These businesses – all of which have previously entered and won an RSA-accredited environment award scheme in the UK – were selected from a shortlist of 30, following an intensive judging process organised and run by the RSA Environment Awards Forum. Competing in three categories (Process, Product and Management), these 11 finalists will represent the UK in the drive to raise awareness of sustainable business practices.

Manchester Curriculum: A learning experience

The RSA has just published an evaluation and literature review of its area based curriculum, which it piloted in three Manchester schools last summer. The evaluation aims to capture participants’ experience of designing this new curriculum, highlighting both successes – which include more motivated students, better staff-student relationships and closer links with the local community – and areas for improvement. The report also highlights the benefits of establishing partnerships between schools and other local institutions. The literature review provides an overview of useful research literature, current projects and historical antecedents for an area based curriculum in order to draw out the challenges and opportunities inherent in such a broad-ranging project. For more details, visit the Area Based Curriculum page.

2010 President’s Lecture announced

The 2010 RSA President’s Lecture will take place on Wednesday 5 May at 6pm in the RSA’s Great Room Auditorium, chaired by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT. For further information and to book a place, please visit the RSA Events page.