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The University of Gibraltar is partnering with HM GoG Department of the Environment and Climate Change as well as the Department of Education to advance the transition to a low carbon economy and support innovative practice in local schools. The project, funded by the European Commission under the INTERREG programme, held its first progress meeting at the University of Seville on the 26th and 27th  of January and brought together partner institutions from Portugal (Instituto Superior Técnico, Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade, Associação Bandeira Azul da Europa and Edigreen – Soluções Energéticas), France (University of La Rochelle and Ville La Rochelle) and Spain (Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas and University of Seville).

The meeting introduced delegates to technological devices that assist with energy efficiency, as well as the various educational tools which include educational games (e.g. Climopoly and ACTGuides), building of solar powered devices, short movies, books and a theatre script to embed education for sustainable development into the core curriculum. Guidelines on how to conduct environmental audits in schools were also presented. The latter will help assess parameters related to energy and water usage, indoor air quality, waste management, transport patterns, green spaces and green procurement practices.

For further information please contact: Amaia Fernandez (; George Parody ( ) or Catherine Walsh ( )


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The University of Gibraltar and HM Government of Gibraltar Department of Education (DoE) are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday 31st January 2017.

The framework agreement sets the basis to advance in the establishment of an Institute of Education, offering a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and providing courses for professional or academic teaching and specialist staff in education. Both institutions will also work jointly towards a Commonwealth Scholarship in Gibraltar and encourage research activities and exchanges in relevant educational disciplines of benefit for the partnership. Together with this agreement, the University and the Department of Education will build upon current international research collaborations such as the ClimACT project, trailing education and training resources in local schools and raising environmental awareness and sustainable practices amongst young students.

Hon Dr John Cortes MP, Minister for Education, had the following to say “I am delighted to see a clear way forward for close cooperation between the DoE and the University, sealed by the signing of the MoU today. While they are two totally separate entities, both are committed to furthering education, of young and not so young.  By working together and combining our resources we will be better able to serve the needs of our community, now and in the future.”

‘This partnership seeks to catalyse teacher education and international education partnerships efforts. As a higher education institution we can broker new academic development opportunities and host a bespoke Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) that addresses local needs as well as international collaborative arrangements such as ClimACT that converts cutting edge research into everyday school experiences. Professor Daniella Tilbury, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar, commented. She explained that ‘ We very much look forward to working with our education colleagues to advance opportunities in an area that is so close to my heart.  The collaboration could be very significant as the University looks to supporting quality education experiences inside, and outside our schools.’

Darren Grech, Acting Director of the DoE, had the following to say ‘University comes from the Latin universitas or the whole. This is a very apposite definition: by signing the MoU we are essentially bringing together a community of teachers, scholars, lecturers, academics and students of all ages, and exploring ways of working together understanding that education is a lifelong journey. We are excited at the prospect of developing projects which should benefit the whole of Gibraltar. Close collaboration between both entities is therefore deemed essential.’


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The University of Gibraltar wishes to find a business partner who will take over and develop the University’s unique bistro / café/ restaurant venue as an independent operator.

The University therefore invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the operation of the bistro / café/ restaurant.

Further information can be downloaded from here.

The closing date for submissions is 8 February 2017.

If you have any further queries please contact The Campus and Events Manager, Jason Fa on 200 71000 ext 803 or email


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The University of Gibraltar hosted Christian Hook as part of its 2016-17 Beacon Lecture Series which brings Gibraltarians of the highest calibre from the worlds of academia, business, the arts and civil society to our campus to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences.

The Hon Dr John Cortes introduced Christian Hook who then delivered his lecture to a full audience, who listened raptly to his story about his life and accomplishments to date.

Christian engaged with the public and after his lecture he answered a variety of questions about his achievements and on art in general.  He received a loud applause and credit for his work and honesty as well as great praise from two respondents and fans, Mr Paul Cosquieri and the Hon Samantha Sacramento.

Professor Daniella Tilbury closed the talk and thanked Christian and the members of the audience for their attendance.