Circular Economy Innovation Communities (CEIC) Overview

A fully-funded 10-month programme comprising workshops, site visits, action learning, peer learning and expert support to enable managers to co-create new products or service solutions and to implement with support. The programme will:

  • Create inter-organisation collaborative innovation networks to support regional working and enable public service organisations to solve existing problems
  • Enhance circular economy knowledge of public service organisations to meet Welsh Government Future Generations Act Goals and address the greatest challenge of our generation
  • Enhance innovation knowledge and skills to drive productivity and develop organisational capacity

Please see the CEIC webpage for more information about the programme.

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To start your application process please complete the online survey.

course overview information

Who should attend?

Managers and leaders of public services and third sector organisations:

  • Cardiff Capital region and
  • Swansea Bay City region


The programme is based around:

  • A foundation workshop and two-day residential ‘experiential learning event’ to develop the innovation Community of Practice
  • Monthly workshops around Circular Economy principles, design-thinking and new service solution development theories, tools and techniques; leading to the co-creation of new tools and procedures that address identified Circular Economy challenges through the use of new product development / service solutions  tools
  • Creation and facilitation of action learning sets to support the implementation of new tools and procedures
  • Test and learn ‘on-site interventions’ within selected public service organisations to trial new tools and procedures
  • Best Practice visits to innovative organisations (public and private sector) to develop confidence, knowledge and skills of ‘what works’
  • ‘Workplace exchange’ visits to provide 1 to 1 peer learning and support
  • Creation of ‘innovation champions’ in all organisations to cascade knowledge and skills and sustain activities beyond the programme within the Communities of Practice
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What do people say?

The testimonials provided in the videos that appear on this web page are from participants in the Developing Innovation Performance of Firms and Supply Chain Clusters programme, a predecessor of this programme -

Run in collaboration with Cardiff Metropolitan University and funded by ESF

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News Highlights

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Supporting South Wales Organisations to Deliver Circular Economy Benefits 

The new £3.7m collaborative Swansea University and Cardiff Metropolitan University Circular Economy Innovations Communities (CEIC) project, funded by the Welsh Government and European Social Fund, will enable public service organisations within the Swansea Bay and Cardiff Capital regions to deliver circular economy benefits for their organisations and the regions.
Through the support of experts at both universities, the CEIC programme will help public service and third sector organisations collaborate on the creation of new products or services and the implementation of solutions to maximise their values and minimise waste, improving circular economy thinking in public services. 

For more information, read our press release

More details

Programme Director: Gary Walpole

To start your application process please complete the online survey.