with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Imagine a world where we use our stuff again instead of using it up. Where products are made to be used and remade, again and again…keeping resources in use and preventing waste from going to landfill. In a world of finite resources, doesn’t this make sense? 

Waste and pollution leads to ill health and is a tremendous loss of economic value - trillions of dollars, in fact. What if there was a way for businesses to capture this value while minimising the harmful impacts of enterprise? What if there was a way to create a better system in which we can give more back than we take from our planet? An economic model that can regenerate the earth’s natural systems and cycles without exceeding its limits? 

 This is the vision of the circular economy. This vision rests on the idea that it’s not about doing less, it’s about doing more; it’s about creativity and innovation, about redesigning our economy so that it can do good - for business, for people, and for the planet.  


The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy. Since its creation, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, putting the circular economy on the agenda of decision-makers around the world. The charity’s work focuses on seven key areas: insight and analysis; business; institutions, governments, and cities; systemic initiatives; circular design; learning; and communications.

The activities of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation range from designing systems in which plastics, clothing, and food never become waste, working to make cities more thriving and liveable, to sharing the principles of circular design, and curating the DIF, an online festival of ideas. 

The Foundation team are based in the Isle of Wight off the English coast, but for the convenience of students, this LIGC week will take place in Oxford. We are going to focus on exploring the potential for business innovation to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges: the overuse of our finite planetary resources, and our vast production of waste that is affecting the health and potential of everyone on the planet. We will be in the ECI, and draw upon their expertise for elements of this course.


  • Working with experts from Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Environmental Change Institute from the University of Oxford

  • Guided visit to look at sustainability projects in London

  • Working on your own sustainability project


This is the exciting timetable we currently have planned (subject to some changes as plans evolve).


Choose one or more weeks starting

  • Sunday 7th July 2019 (with the ECI in Oxford)

  • Sunday 14th July 2019 (for a fantastic 2 week summer school add on the OSC Discovery Week to your LIGC week).

  • Saturday 20th July 2019 (with CAT in Wales - Saturday night in Oxford, transport from Oxford to Wales on Sunday, returning Saturday morning to Oxford)

  • Sunday 21st July 2019 (with ECI in Oxford) FULL

  • Sunday 28th July 2019 (with EMF in Oxford)

Sunday to Saturday nights each week, and including Saturday nights for multiple weeks.

 Arrive by 5pm on arrival day in Oxford for registration, welcome dinner and activities.

We finish Oxford weeks by 6pm on Fridays if you need to leave then, but Friday night and a farewell dinner is included in your fee so you are encouraged to stay until Saturday morning. For the CAT week, we will be back in Oxford by lunchtime.

A Heathrow Meet and Greet service is available.


Residential per week: £1,500

  • All classes, workshops and activities

  • Accommodation in a single study bedroom in Oxford, shared accommodation in Wales, and 24hr high quality “parenting” care

  • Two or more organised evening activities per week (e.g. punting, and an outdoor Shakespeare play in Oxford) plus informal group activities every day

  • Full cooked breakfast daily and 7 other main meals each week (lunch or dinner depending on the schedule) in Oxford. All meals in Wales.

Non-residential per week: £900 (Oxford only)

As above, without accommodation.

Hardship Fund

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have a few partial hardship bursaries available. Please email for details.

Local Oxford students

We have a few subsidised places for students from Oxford state schools which are made available free of charge. We ask for £100 voluntary contribution to cover expenses for the week. Please use the contact form or email info@ligc.co.uk to request a place.


via our STUDENT MANAGEMENT PROVIDERS (Oxford Study Courses)

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