Graduate School of the Environment

New Skills for a New Future


“As Britain emerges from the recent global financial crisis and we work to deliver sustainable economic growth, we also urgently need to decarbonise our economies and prevent damaging climate change. Britain needs to be ready to meet that challenge… most importantly, we need people with the right knowledge and skills to research, produce and use those technologies and solutions that can make Britain’s global low carbon ambitions a reality.”
Report from the UK Government: Meeting the Low Carbon Skills Challenge

Since 2000, CAT and the Graduate School of the Environment have been teaching people new skills for a transition to a low carbon future. We are renowned for the outstanding academic quality of our courses, our unparalleled teaching facilities and our unmatched experience in sustainability issues.  Graduates of the GSE number in their thousands and can be found working in all areas:

  • Construction companies: The construction sector has enormous demand for architects and planners who can help deliver a more sustainable built environment.
  • Architectural practices: As above but often smaller organisations and of particular interest to already qualified architects.
  • NGOs (e.g. development or environmental): These often have very specific environmental agendas.  The positive solutions-led focus of the GSE means that CAT graduates are essential to solutions-driven organisations.
  • Renewables: The design and installation of the renewable energy systems requires particular expertise. Courses at CAT equip students with the right skills to be able to work in this important and growing field.
  • Local Authorities: Councils are at the forefront of drives to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency. There are many job openings within local councils in rolling out green initiatives.
  • Consultancies:  Many students have gone on to set up or work for consultancy companies. As the transition to a low carbon future begins, consultants who offer sound advice are in high demand.


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