Social Responsibility and Sustainability

SRS learning and development

Whether you work at the University or study here, there are lots of ways you can learn about social responsibility & sustainability (SRS).

Being sustainable can mean many different things - from reducing the energy you use and the amount of waste you create, to choosing a less polluting mode of transport and eating healthier, locally-produced food.

Understanding sustainability and being able to apply it is a great skill to have in any workplace, and the University encourages all staff and students to learn about some of the key issues.

Find out how to get involved in Social Responsibility & Sustainability at the Univeristy with this PDF, or choose an option from the list below.


Be Sustainable: online course

"Be Sustainable" is a short, free online course that introduces you to our department and explains the various ways in which we support the University in becoming a more sustainable place. It covers topics such as energy, resource efficiency, travel, food and laboratories.

The course takes about 30 minutes to complete and is open to all staff, students and alumni.

You can sign up at any time by logging on to MyEd, click LEARN on the left hand menu, then go to the SELF ENROL classes. Choose to complete the Be Sustainable online training either as staff or a student.

The Be Sustainable guide accompanies the course. It can be downloaded, or paper copies & printable posters for key topics can be made on request. You can also browse our Be Sustainable themes

If you have any problems finding the course get in touch with Alan Peddie at


Be Sustainable: workshop

If you have completed the Be Sustainable online training and would like to discuss a particular topic in more depth, you can request a workshop for you and your staff or fellow students by emailing Alan Peddie at Workshops last for one hour and can be tailored to suit the requirements of attendees.

Join our networks

If you're passionate about one or more areas of sustainability, you can build them into your work or studies by becoming an SRS Champion:

Contact Caro Overy at for more information. 

SRS Introduction for Professional Services Staff

This ½ day workshop is offered in conjunction with Human Resources as part of the Introduction for Professional Services Staff. Come along to this introductory event to learn more about our response and performance in relation to key issues such as as climate change,  energy, resource efficiency, circular economy, SRS in supply chains, and responsible investment and how you can get involved in a range of programmes and initiatives. Meet other staff who are also interested in this topic and raise any questions or suggestions you may have. Contact Michelle Brown at for more information.

Other Introductory sessions and training for SRS

The Department for SRS can offer other tailor made sessions to suit your department. We have carried out introductory sessions for Schools and Departments around the University and specific sessions for Heads of Schools. Contact Michelle Brown at for more information.

Degrees and courses

The University offers a number of degrees and courses to develop students' knowledge, skills, and experience of SRS issues, and to enable them to contribute effectively to tackling global challenges in Scotland and worldwide.

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