Who we are
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.
The University of Edinburgh has promised to improve people’s lives and always protect our planet. We do this with our neighbours, partners, teachers, researchers, professional staff, and students.
That means that the University will work to fight climate change, uphold human rights, and improve access to education and jobs.
Transforming our university together
The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability was created to help the University achieve its ambitions.
The first of our kind in the UK, we are here to help staff and students who want to change our University.
We work with almost every part of the University on programmes that help our neighbours, cut pollution, or ensure the wellbeing of the people who work on behalf of the University here and all over the world.
We look for new ways to tackle some of the most difficult challenges our world will ever face. We write down our plans, and report on how things are going.
Read more about what we plan to do in our four-year strategy:
What you can do
If you work or study here, there are lots of ways you can get involved. You can volunteer, get training, or ask us for advice.