Graduate School of the Environment at Centre for Alternative Technology

Graduate School at the Centre for Alternative Technology
New Skills for a New Future

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About Us

"No organisation is better placed to deliver skills for a zero carbon future, no building is better built to deliver that training.”

WISE Building

The Graduate School of the Environment (GSE) at CAT is a world class training centre with 40 years expertise in sustainability practice.

We run a range of postgraduate courses on renewable energy and sustainability and adaptation, as well as a Professional Diploma in Architecture.  Continuing professional development and short courses are also available.

Based in the Wales Institute for Sustainable Education (WISE) the GSE offers unparalleled teaching and accommodation facilities, including:

  • A large rammed earth lecture theatre
  • Seminar rooms and workshops
  • Research laboratories
  • IT suite
  • Offices, common rooms and reception areas
  • 24 en-suite study bedrooms
  • Restaurant and Bar


WISE is a state of the art eco-educational facility. Designed by architects Pat Borer and David Lea, it is a beautiful combination of environmentally conscious design and cutting-edge sustainable building techniques. The venue is sensitively constructed out of low embodied energy materials such as hemp and lime, rammed earth and sustainably sourced timber. The supply of on-site renewable energy sources, including biomass and solar power, means that WISE is a truly sustainable place to study.

WISE is a 2011 RIBA Award winning Building and has won Building of the year 2010 in the Daily Telegraph.

Food and accommodation

Full residential accommodation is provided during the modules for participating students on the premises at CAT, including all meals. All meals are served in the WISE restaurant at CAT and are vegetarian. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, including gluten-free and vegan diets.


Inspiring location             Flexible learning             Sustainability at its core