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Centre for Alternative Technology

CAT is an educational charity dedicated to researching and communicating positive solutions for environmental change. Find out more about what we do and how you can get involved.



In 1994 the University of East London (UEL) started the MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies. Originally based at UEL’s London campus, in 2000 the course moved to CAT, giving students the opportunity to learn in beautiful, inspiring and innovative surroundings.


CAT's Graduate School of the Environment (GSE) offers a range of inspirational post-graduate programmes. Courses are directed by a unique combination of leading professionals, academics and authors. They are based in CAT’s stunning new eco-educational facility, the Wales Institute for Sustainable Education. With flexible learning programmes to suit all needs, and teaching that places sustainability at its core – CAT offers an unparalleled academic and practical learning experience.


The Centre for Alternative Technology provides an ideal venue and inspiration for research in the field of sustainable architecture and renewable energy, with over 40 years' practical experience and many working examples of building methods and renewable technologies on site. This provides a unique environment for study, with access to leading experts in their fields.


The Graduate School of the Environment's Student Intranet, available to all GSE students has a careers section with details of relevant organisations, job opportunities and useful links. There are also a number of other outlets that advertise environmental jobs including The Guardian, ENDS (Environmental Data Services).

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Student services

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Housing services

24 en-suite twin bedrooms, overlooking a large open roof garden and decking.

ICT services

The Centre for Alternative Technology recognises the need for the website to be accessible to all. We have implemented a number of features to make this website easy to use, especially for users with disabilities.

Student Life

Campus life

CAT’s award winning WISE Building is a shining example of a modern sustainable facility. This 4 star accommodation is ideal for couples on a holiday in the area, individuals on a break or away on business, and larger groups of adults staying in the area to take advantage of all the activities on offer in the region.

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