Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Responsible Futures

The University and the Edinburgh University Students' Association are participating in the NUS Responsible Futures scheme to encourage a whole-institution approach to embed social responsibility and sustainability within learning and teaching.

Thirteen universities and colleges took part in the UK-wide pilot during 2014-15, and we are pleased to announce that the University of Edinburgh and the Students' Association attained the NUS Responsible Futures Accreditation in June 2015.

Accreditation mark

The aim of NUS Responsible Futures is to develop a desirable, externally assessed accreditation mark, spanning the formal and informal curriculum, applicable to both further and higher education.

NUS have set a defined list of criteria to provide a framework for participants to work through. Some of the criteria are mandatory, with others being optional.

Participants identified opportunities for implementing the criteria by developing action plans which were audited by local students who were trained by NUS.

The University and the Edinburgh University Students' Association will be audited in 2018 to retain the accreditation mark and to ensure that recommendations from the audit have been implemented.

Further information


Please find below the current Action Plan, a Statement of Commitment signed by both Edinburgh University Students' Association and the University, and the Certificate of Accreditation.


If you would like further information, or wish to get involved, please contact us.