Undergraduate study - 2022 entry
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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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As Scotland’s first Fairtrade University, we have been promoting better conditions for farmers and communities in developing countries since 2004.

Climate change

We have championed environmental sustainability since the early 1990s.  We were founder signatory to the Universities and Colleges Climate Commitment 2009 and to the 10:10 campaign. 

A stimulating environment

We are investing in transforming our buildings and surroundings to the highest environmental standards.

We're committed to being a world leader in addressing global challenges including poverty, climate change and the growing demand for energy, food and water.

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

Our campuses are sensitively managed to promote biodiversity and tranquillity.

Sustainability in the curriculum

Increasingly we are offering a student experience where you can explore sustainability, global environmental challenges, social justice and ethical dilemmas.

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

Healthy eating

All retail catering outlets at the University are accredited with the Food for Life mark.

Approved by the Soil Association, the Food for Life scheme provides an independent endorsement that ingredients used by caterers are fresh, free from controversial additives, better for animal welfare and comply with national nutrition standards.

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