Sustainability & Pedagogy – MA Students

SustainRCA works with students from all disciplines, guiding them to produce critical thinking around, and innovative solutions to, some of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time. The interaction with MA students and the process is fed back into our sustainability teaching practice and pedagogy research. We do this in several ways. 


Sustain Tutorials  offer students specific support in developing projects, be it context, processes or materials. We also provide access to a professional sustainability network through Friends of Sustain. Tutorials run every Tuesday, 2–4pm. Email Lizzie Harrison.


SustainRCA brings together interdisciplinary groups to work and consult with local and global organisations, helping them imagine new and positive futures every year as part of the College's AcrossRCA week. See previous projects here.

Programme-specific Activities

SustainRCA works with programmes across the College to run workshops, talks and sustainability-related activities for particular cohorts. Previous activities have been run with Design Products, Textiles and Fashion.

Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship

Led by SustainRCA, the RCA is a partner of The Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship – an international postgraduate fellowship on the circular economy for design, engineering and business students to help foster the skills and innovative thinking required to transition to a circular economy. You can find out more here

SustainRCA Show & Awards 

The annual Sustain Show & Awards celebrate the very best of graduates' work focused on sustainability, encapsulating the wide range of talent and expertise across the RCA. Four winners are honoured each year, receiving financial support to help them continue their work in sustainability. See the the archive here.

Sustain Talks 

Sustain Talks is a public-facing forum to explore approaches, challenge thinking and generally get inspired about the change possible through creative practice. See our talks and video archive here

Library and References

SustainRCA offers students a library of inspiring books, documentaries and films on topics including animal welfare, food growing and production, renewable energy, finance, the sharing economy, construction, permaculture, circular economy, design enterprise, textiles upcycling and much more. 

Alumni Opportunities

We offer Sustain Show & Awards alumni public-speaking, exhibition and marketing opportunities across our network and activities. 

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