Social Responsibility and Sustainability



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

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Three Postgraduate students awarded dissertation prizes

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The Department for Social Responsibility & Sustainability is delighted to announce that three students have won prizes for their Masters dissertations.

Congratulations to the 2017 Office and Lab Sustainability Awards recipients

Two wooden, hand etched trophies. One for lab awards with a microscope, and one for offices with a bulb and the globe
The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability is delighted to announce the recipients of our 2017 Sustainability Awards, in the Office and Lab categories.

University and Students' Association sign Sustainable Development Goals Accord

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The University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh University Students' Association have signed the Sustainable Development Goals Accord. This reaffirms the University's commitment to make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world.

Visions for Change: Plastics, modern slavery and the housing crisis

Free public events series returns asking how society can create a more socially responsible world.

University publishes 2016/17 Modern Slavery Statement

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The University has published its second Modern Slavery Statement, detailing commitments, policies and procedures related to reducing risks of modern slavery in its sphere of influence.

University updates Conflict Minerals Policy to recognise wider scope of risks

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In October 2016, the Social Responsibility and Sustainability Committee approved an updated version of the University’s Conflict Minerals Policy.

Funding to improve your lab

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Since August 2016 the University of Edinburgh has been offering staff and students funding to improve the sustainability of their working environments. The Sustainable Campus Fund is designed to provide funding to projects which meet certain performance criteria, including carbon saving, cost saving and payback period. Numerous individuals and departments in the College of Science and Engineering have successfully applied to the fund since its inception. In this article, we shine a spotlight on just one of these projects.

Exciting student projects selected to receive funding

Students working on project funded by the grant 2016
This year the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, in partnership with the Edinburgh University Students' Association, enjoyed a surge of applications for the Student Project Grant.