School of GeoSciences

Social responsibility and sustainability

Find out how you can get involved in social responsibility and sustainability at University

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, technicians and students.

That means that the University will work to fight climate change, uphold human rights, and improve access to education and jobs. 

How to get involved as a student 

There are a number of ways you can get involved with social responsibility and sustainability whilst studying at the University. 

Follow the Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department on social media 

You can follow the department on social media to keep up to date with upcoming events and opportunities. You can also sign up to the department's newsletter. 

Social Media and Newsletter links

Learn how to be sustainable 

'Be Sustainable' is a short online course that introduces you to some of the ways you can be more sustainable. It's a 30 minute online course, that covers key social responsibility and sustainability topics such as:

  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Travel
  • Waste
  • Purchasing and Fair Trade
  • and Learning and Development

Learn how to be sustainable training 

Become a student Sustainability Champion 

Join a network of staff and students making the University of Edinburgh more sustainable. Develop the skills you need to lead positive change in your area of study, residence or work.

Sustainability Champions

Make sustainability a part of your studies 

Help solve a real-life problem at the University with your dissertation or research project using the 'living lab' approach. 

Make sustainability a part of your studies

Volunteering and paid opportunities with the Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department

There are a number of different ways for you to get involved - from becoming a Sustainability Champion to helping individuals develop basic digital skills as a Digital Ambassador. This is a great way for you to develop your skills and build experience for your CV.

Find out how you can get involved