Sustainable Development Goals

The University and Students' Association have signed the Sustainable Development Goals Accord.

The purpose of the Accord is to inspire, celebrate and advance the critical role that education has in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals and the value it brings to governments, business and wider society. This reaffirms the University's commitment to make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world. 

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, were adopted by the United Nations and world leaders in 2015.  Over the next fifteen years, these will universally apply to all, countries will mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Through its research, learning and teaching, operations and community of staff, students and alumni, the University is committed to delivering these Goals with partners, including the Students' Association, both locally and globally.

As part of its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals Accord, the University will highlight projects and initiatives that directly contribute to each of the Goals. This will be done annually through this report. 

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals Accord

1 SDG Sustainable Development Goal no poverty

No poverty

2 Zero hunger

Zero hunger

3 Good health and well-being

Good health and well-being

4 Quality education

Quality education

5 Gender equality

Gender equality

6 Clean water and sanitation

Clean water and sanitation

7 Affordable and clean energy

Affordable and clean energy

8 Decent work and economic growth

Decent work and economic growth

9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

10 Reduced inequalities

Reduced inequalities

11 Sustainable cities and communities

Sustainable cities and communities

12 Responsible consumption and production

Responsible consumption and production

13 Climate action

Climate action

14 Life below water

Life below water

15 Life on land

Life on land

16 Peace, justice and strong institutions

Peace, justice and strong institutions

17 Partnerships for the goals

Partnerships for the goals