Social Responsibility and Sustainability

About us

The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability works to enable the University to understand, explain and deliver on its ambition to be a leading socially responsible and sustainable university.


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We achieved Investors in People Silver accreditation in 2017

The University of Edinburgh is committed to being a world leader in addressing global challenges including poverty, climate change and the growing demand for energy, food and water.   

The Department was created in 2014 to understand how the University can work to respond to these challenges. 

We aim to do this by: 

  • Supporting a culture of change 
  • Pursuing excellence and innovation 
  • Working collaboratively as part of the local and global community 

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What we do

Our work cuts across the following areas:

Our current programmes are:

  • Sustainability awards
  • Switch energy engagement and communications
  • Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy
  • Sustainable laboratories
  • Sustainable travel
  • Fairness in trade and sustainable procurement 
  • Be Sustainable training

Read more about what we plan to do in our four-year strategy:


The University's ambitious social responsibility and sustainability goals are defined and monitored by a number of strategies, plans and committees. 

Governance & Reporting


Contact us

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How to contact our department and specific members of our team.

Our programmes

We deliver high quality and impactful programmes to catalyse action and collaboration across campus and support the University in achieving its Social Responsibility and Sustainability strategy and related commitments.

General enquiries

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Contact details



Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability
The Boilerhouse
High School Yards

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