2017 news

Archived news from 2017.

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Exciting student projects selected to receive funding

Students working on project funded by the grant 2016
This year the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, in partnership with the Edinburgh University Students' Association, enjoyed a surge of applications for the Student Project Grant.

Highlights from the first quarter

Infographic of Q1 highlights also available as a PDF
Head of SRS Programmes, Michelle Brown, shares progress from the first quarter of the 2017/18 academic year.

University signs "Technician Commitment"

The University of Edinburgh has signed the "Technician Commitment" which aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines.

The University and Sleep in the Park

Sleep in the Park - Princes St Gardens, December 9th 2017
This year Social Bite are bringing together 9,000 people in Princes Street Gardens on 9 December for the world's largest ever Sleep-Out to try and end homelessness in Scotland for good.

University participates in Climate Week 2017

Take part in one of a number of events happening across campus.

2016/17 Quarter 4 report

Head of Social Responsibility and Sustainability Programmes, Michelle Brown, reflects on progress made in the fourth quarter of academic year 2016/17.

University of Edinburgh becomes member of All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group

Membership signals University’s commitment to helping develop effective policy for the climate change agenda.

Undergraduate dissertation prizes awarded

Dissertation prize: Highlighting and recognising student research on social responsibility and sustainability themes.
The Department for Social Responsibility & Sustainability is pleased to announce that two students have been awarded prizes for their outstanding undergraduate dissertations.

The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability achieves Investors in People Silver accreditation

Investors in People silver banner
Silver accreditation recognises that the department takes action to lead, support and improve its staff.

Top tips for running a sustainable event

Sustainable event banner - venue, catering, travel, materials, community
Think about the venue, catering, travel, materials and community when planning your event.

Energy Coordinator Summer Meetup

On Tuesday 27th June 2017, staff from the University’s Energy Coordinator network met to hear and discuss recent developments on the University’s energy programme.

Waste Coordinators share good practice at annual meet-up

On Wednesday 14 June 2017, staff from the University’s Waste Coordinator network and interested students met to celebrate progress, share good practice and discuss targets for the year ahead.

Quarter 3 highlights

SRS Q3 Highlights infographic 2017
Head of Social Responsibility and Sustainability Programmes, Michelle Brown, reflects on the third quarter of academic year 2016/17, sharing a mixture of milestones reached and the exciting potential of projects that are currently in their early stages.

Scottish Government’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee visit the University

On Tuesday 9th May 2017, members of Scottish Government’s Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Committee visited the University of Edinburgh to hear about the institution’s climate strategy, and visit the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility.

SRS survey 2017: your views matter

The University invites all staff and students to complete the 2017 Social Responsibility & Sustainability survey.

Update on the Sustainable Campus Fund – saving carbon and money at the University of Edinburgh

Sustainable campus fund graphic - sustainable technologies  coming out of a box labelled 'Sustainable Campus Fund'
A quick update on how the Sustainable Campus Fund is being allocated as of the end of April 2017.

European students visit University to share social responsibility practices

Students from Lithuania and Portugal visited the University to understand how social responsibility issues are prioritised and implemented.

Efforts of staff and students celebrated at Sustainability Awards Ceremony

Sustainability Awards 2017 students photobooth
Office and lab staff teams, student residences and groups, individuals and special projects were all recognised at the seventh University of Edinburgh Sustainability Awards

Propose your sustainable project ideas

Sustainable campus fund graphic - sustainable technologies  coming out of a box labelled 'Sustainable Campus Fund'
Do you have an idea for a sustainable project at the University? The Sustainable Campus Fund is a real opportunity for anyone in the University to propose projects that could reduce the University’s impact on the environment.

SRS Staff and Student Workshop 2017: building a vision for 2040

The annual SRS staff and student workshop took place on Wednesday 8th March and saw over 60 staff and students from across the University share their thoughts for what the institution should look like by 2040.

Quarter 2 highlights: catalysts for change

SRS 2016-17 Q2 reporting highlights infographic
Head of SRS Programmes Michelle Brown reflects on the second quarter of academic year 2016/17, with long term University strategies and targets shaping further development of our programmes.

University pledge to prevent slavery and human trafficking

Graphic: chains connected to price tags with barcodes
The University of Edinburgh has highlighted its commitment to protecting and respecting human rights through its new Modern Slavery Statement. A zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking in all its forms has been established, in the goods we purchase and the companies we work with.