UWTSD’s Carmarthen Business School hosts international ‘Sustainability Summer School’


This month, UWTSD’s Carmarthen Business School has welcomed students from Saint Michael’s College, USA for an international ‘Sustainability Summer School’.

Summer School St Michael's 1

Saint Michael’s College is based in the state of Vermont on the east coast of the United States of America.  The students arrived in Wales on Friday, 17th May for the two-week sustainability summer school, which focused on aspects of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act (2015).   During their visit they were able to learn from key sustainability figures in Wales such as Dr Jane Davidson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for sustainability and external engagement, Paul Allen (author of Zero Carbon Britain) and David Thorpe (author of One Planet Living and One Planet Cities).  They also had an opportunity to carry out personal research and take part in a number of interesting field trips.  During these trips, students had an opportunity to explore aspects of technology and sustainability at the Centre for Alternative Technology; the historic environment at St Fagans National Museum of History and the Big Pit National Coal Museum; the Welsh landscape at Llansteffan and the Preseli Mountains and the social enterprise aspect at Carmarthen’s Xcel Bowl.

At Carmarthen Business School, the students received a programme of talks from academic staff on aspects of sustainable business such as the circular economy and the rise of prosumers.   Dr Jane Davidson, who is the former Welsh Government Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing, also presented a keynote speech discussing her personal sustainable leadership journey.

Dr Louise Emanuel, Carmarthen Business School, who organised the visit said:

“Carmarthen Business School was delighted to welcome students from St Michael’s College to the Carmarthen Campus.  It was a wonderful two weeks and we had many fascinating discussions. 

We hope that this is the start of a relationship in which our students can also benefit from exchange programmes with St Michael’s College and have the opportunity to visit Vermont for a sustainable business field visit – we are currently in the process of planning this for next year.

Summer School Llansteffan

The students also had the opportunity to spend half a day at the University’s Lampeter and Swansea campuses.  At Lampeter, Dr Nick Campion spent an afternoon discussing the concept of harmony whilst at Swansea College of Art Gwen Beynon organised a symposium on art and sustainability, focusing on the Wellbeing goals. 

During their free time, the students visited Tenby and spent some time walking the Wales Coastal Path.  Their visit culminated with the students presenting their work in progress.

St Michael’s staff members Jeffrey Ayres and Laura Stroup said:

“This is the third visit in four years and our goal is to deepen the exchange between St Michael’s and UWTSD around the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act as there are many synergies between Wales and Vermont.  The student’s projects are about the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and each of them has taken different aspects of it for their research.  We’ve had a range of presentations on each of these aspects and have seen all of these in action as we have travelled to different locations in Wales.”

Staff from Carmarthen Business School will be visiting St Michael’s College early this summer to develop a memorandum of understanding for a student exchange programme.  It will also be an opportunity to collaborate with the staff from St Michael’s College on a Vermont based sustainable business study programme for students from UWTSD.

Summer School Tenby

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk