Social Responsibility and Sustainability

2016 news

Archived news from 2016.

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Three Masters students awarded dissertation prizes

Dissertation prize rosette graphic
The Department for Social Responsibility & Sustainability is delighted to announce that three students have won prizes for their Masters dissertations.

Quarter 1 highlights: investing for impact

Head of SRS Programmes Michelle Brown reflects on the first quarter of academic year 2016/17 with long term University strategies and targets shaping further development of our programmes.

Edinburgh improves standing in University League

The University of Edinburgh was ranked 3rd in Scotland and 34th in the UK in the People & Planet University League table, improving 10 places on its standing last year.

£100,000 annual savings expected from first eight Sustainable Campus Fund projects

Sustainable Campus Fund: "£100,000 annual cash savings  from eight projects so far" laboratory fume cupboard photo
Eight projects have been approved for funding on the first Utilities Working Group meeting and following sign-off by Directors of Social Responsibility & Sustainability and Estates. They are expected to deliver over £100,000 cash savings annually and prevent emissions of almost 600 tonnes of CO­2e every year.

Nominations for special awards now open

The Sustainability Awards offer an opportunity for staff and students to make a difference and contribute towards our University becoming more socially responsible and sustainable.

University maintains Fairtrade status

fair trade
The University is pleased to announce it has retained its Fairtrade status for the 12th year in a row.

Quarter 4 highlights: measuring what matters

It was a wee bit quieter in the summer months but that does not mean that we were at rest!

University is finalist in Green Gown Awards 2016

For the third year in a row the University of Edinburgh has successfully been recognised as a finalist in two categories in the Green Gown Awards.

Three undergraduate students awarded dissertation prizes

Dissertation prize rosette graphic
The Department for Social Responsibility & Sustainability is delighted to announce that three students have won prizes for their undergraduate dissertations.

University saves over £100,000 by reusing goods

An internal reuse project at the University of Edinburgh has allowed staff to save more than £100,000 by reusing goods in under 3 years of use.

We're recruiting: Modern Slavery researcher

The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability is recruiting a researcher for a part-time, fixed-term consultancy project, which might suit a current postgraduate student (e.g. PhD) or graduate.

Quarter 3 highlights: measuring what matters

Head of SRS Programmes Michelle Brown reflects on Quarter 3 of academic year 2015/16: a busy time for the department with progress in areas such as resource efficiency and responsible investment.

Masters and PhD students: Present your research at an International Conference

We are delighted to offer one Masters or PhD student a fully-funded student placement to the Green Alliance of Universities for a Sustainable Future (GAUSF). The successful student will have the opportunity to present their academic research at this international conference.

University supports newly-opened Edinburgh Remakery

The University of Edinburgh is a project partner in the Edinburgh Remakery, a reuse and repair store located on Leith Walk which opened in 2016.

Staff sustainability survey

2016 social responsibility and sustainability staff survey
The University has invited all staff to complete the 2016 Social Responsibility and Sustainability survey.

Sustainable refurbishment at Ashworth 2

Ashworth 2 is a 1970s building which sits behind the iconic Ashworth Building at Kings Buildings. Recent refurbishment has given the building - including its labs - a much needed update with sustainability in mind.

Old computers to be given second life

The University has launched an environmentally-friendly project to reuse older computers rather than recycling them.

Student volunteers wanted to help the elderly get online

The University is looking for students interested in volunteering for a community engagement project to teach older people how to get online.

Social Responsibility and Sustainability workshop

The 2016 Social Responsibility and Sustainability workshop took place on Wednesday 13th April and was a valuable opportunity for staff and students from across the University to share their thoughts on a broad range of topics.

New 20% discount with Virgin East Coast trains

The University of Edinburgh, in partnership with Key Travel, have agreed a 20% discount on Virgin East Coast train travel between Edinburgh and London. [Deal no longer available, archive news item for reference only]

University joins Edinburgh Living Landscape

A ground-breaking initiative aiming to make Edinburgh the best city in Europe to live in by 2050 is welcoming the University of Edinburgh as its newest partner.

Staff and students recognised at Sustainability Awards 2015/2016

The innovation and achievement of both staff and students was celebrated at the sixth annual Edinburgh University Sustainability Awards.