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.
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
- Purchasing and Fair Trade
- and Learning and Development
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.
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.
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.