RDCS launch at UEL

On Wednesday 6 December 2023 we celebrated the launch of the new Royal Docks Centre for Sustainability, situated on the site of the old Knowledge Dock building on UEL’s Docklands campus.

The new centre is described as a space for co-creation and collaboration.

The Royal Docks Centre for Sustainability (RDCS) is the regional hatchery for innovation, skills and enterprise supporting a more sustainable and resilient future for businesses, students and residents in the Royal Docks area. The Centre embeds a culture of sustainability in everything we do with a commitment to support underrepresented groups and drive engagement between the University, east London and the world.

The Rix Inclusive Research team, including several of our co-researchers and social work students, spent a few hours in this impressive and beautifully designed space with its cluster of workshops and offices. The entertainment was provided by a jazz quartet at the far end of the foyer, more or less where the old Rix office used to be. We got to hang out in our new office for the first time and also had a stall in the main foyer area. We answered questions, chatted to people about our research and displayed a giant wind ball, inviting visitors to activate the QR codes on its panels to find out more about the work we do.

a collage of photos of people
Clockwise from top left: RDCS, photo fun, Rix team minus Gosia, Baljit checking out the Changing Places facility

The inclusion of a Changing Places facility in the RDCS is a game changer for Rix. It aligns perfectly with our mission of inclusion, is situated right next door to our office, and will enable all our co-researchers with lived experience of disability to spend more time with us when collaborating on projects.

We are also excited at the prospect of forging new research partnerships with other groups and individuals based in the RDCS and we are confident that we will find opportunities to connect in this environment of innovation, co-creation and inclusivity.

3D models and drawings
Co-researchers Baljit, Ros and Rufaro joined a 3D printing workshop at the event

We look forward to seeing you at the RDCS very soon. If you’ve visited Rix before, just head for the same place and admire the transformation!

RDCS website