Social Responsibility and Sustainability



The latest news about Social Responsibility and Sustainability from across the University.

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Student Project Grant: 2018 recipients

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Student Project Grant 2018.

Living Lab dissertation ideas for students: fair trade perceptions and the impact of robotics on workers

SRS research - magnifying glass
Did you know the University seeks to solve social responsibility and sustainability issues relating to our infrastructure and practices using student research? This is known as the 'living lab' approach.

Q1 highlights for 2018/19

SRS Q1 highlights infographic 2018/19
The Department for Social Responsibility & Sustainability (SRS) delivers and facilitates programmes to catalyse action and collaboration across campus. We launched the new academic year with a focus on supporting staff and students to get involved and take practical action.

Why the University of Edinburgh is investing £1.5m in social enterprises

Responsible investment section image - white sign post on red background
Earlier this year the University announced it was investing £1.5m to support local social enterprises. Why did the University do this, and what did the University invest in?

Win a £200 bike station voucher!

Be sustainable bike give away
We're giving away two £200 vouchers to a randomly selected member of staff and student who complete our Be Sustainable online training by Monday 10 December.

The University of Edinburgh signs 'New Plastics Economy' global commitment

New plastic economy
The global commitment, led by the Ellen MacArthur foundation, seeks to eliminate plastic pollution at the source. The commitment has been signed by many of the world’s largest packaging producers, brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments and NGOs.

University of Edinburgh named ‘Sustainability Institution of the Year’

Representatives of the University of Edinburgh celebrating at the Green Gown Awards 2018
The University of Edinburgh received the Sustainability Institution of the Year Award in the internationally acclaimed Green Gown Awards. This was awarded for the continuous work to adopt a whole institution approach and become a more socially responsible and sustainable university.

Could you represent the University in the Edinburgh Fairtrade City group?

Edinburgh Fair Trade City group photo, Fairtrade Fortnight event 2017
Edinburgh has held Fairtrade City status since 2004. The University works with the Council to officially support fair trade and help the city work towards agreed fair trade goals.