Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC)  and the University of Winchester feature in a new publication from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).   The publication Growing by Degrees is about the future of higher education and is designed to provoke debate about how the sector should develop.  It starts from the recognition that universities are part of an international market and that their growth has huge impacts on towns and cities. Growing by Degrees offers twelve future scenarios each projecting twenty years into the future to ask ‘what if’ certain patterns of change take hold.

In a chapter on community engagement, Rupert Cook, a director of local architects, architecture plb draws attention to the role of Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) and speculates about the University of Winchester in 2029: ‘Leading by example it began to put pressure on employers within the city to respond to the sustainability agenda…Winchester began to become a focus for environmental businesses….the environmental agenda was made a real priority, and the Council’s land became a showcase for zero-carbon development’.   Rupert Cook foresees the University of Winchester becoming increasingly embedded in the local community: ‘It is the social and community links that have thrived, and the culture that the University has promoted of engaging with ecology, technology and issues of social justice from an informed base’. 

Robert Hutchison, Chairman of WinACC, comments: ‘As we move more rapidly to a low carbon society the University of Winchester will have an increasingly important role locally in highlighting the opportunities for re-shaping our economy and society.  Rupert Cook has written a stimulating essay and Growing by Degrees is a lively and well-informed contribution to current debates about the future of Universities’.

Notes to editors:

  • For further information, please contact, Robert Hutchison, Chairman of Winchester Action on Climate Change, 01962-870082.
  • Winchester Action on Climate Change was formed in October 2007 as a coalition of organisations and citizens working throughout Winchester district to engage every household and every organisation in Winchester district in meeting the challenge of climate change and realising the benefits of low carbon living.  
  • Rupert Cook can be contacted via architecture plb, 01962-842200.
  • Growing by Degrees is available on the RIBA website or can be ordered from