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Social responsibility and sustainability

We ensure that social, ethical and environmental concerns influence our decision making and the way we operate day to day.

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Climate change

We have a progressive climate strategy and are on track to be carbon neutral by 2040.

There are lots of climate-positive projects to get involved in on campus, as well as student societies focused on sustainability and climate action. 

Get involved with social responsibility and sustainability while at the University

Sustainability in the curriculum

A wide range of programmes and courses let you study environmental, social and political factors in making the world a more sustainable place.

There are many opportunities to do projects on sustainability topics of your choosing, including "Living Lab" projects where you can help solve a real sustainability dilemma using your coursework or dissertation. 

We also offer award-winning Carbon Literacy training to help you understand your own carbon footprint and how to reduce it. 

Sustainable Development Goals in the curriculum

My programme is empowering me with the knowledge and skills to confront political and social problems such as gender, income, and educational inequality. It is placing me in a position which will allow me to make real change.

Undergraduate student in Politics & International Relations

Sustainable food

We've won many awards for sourcing and serving food that is tasty, healthy, good for the environment and good for the people who make it.

In March 2021, we were awarded our eighth bronze ‘Food For Life Served Here’ award for our consistent effort in providing healthy and sustainable menus.

In all of our catering outlets 50% of the items are vegetarian or plant-based.

Sustainable food practices

Staff and student travel

We have integrated travel plans and continually improve facilities for cycling and public transport.

We provide shuttle bus services between our sites at the Central area, King's Buildings, Western General Hospital and Little France.

You'll find cycle parking, shower and locker facilities across our campuses, and we regularly host Dr Bike bicycle maintenance and safety roadshows.

As a result, the majority of students and staff choose to leave their car at home, and opt instead to use public transport, walk, cycle or share lifts with friends and colleagues.

Transport and parking


As Scotland’s first Fairtrade University, we have been promoting better conditions for farmers and communities in developing countries since 2004.

The University and fair trade

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