Top 10 highlights from our Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2018-19
We're excited to reveal our top 10 highlights of the great work students and staff have been doing to make Edinburgh a more socially responsible and sustainable university in 2018-19.
About the report
New reports are published each year, and cover the previous academic year from the start of August to the end of July. We have published annual reports since 2009/10, detailing social responsibility and sustainability achievements and progress from across the whole University.
Top 10 highlights
1. 2025 carbon emissions target met
As part of its commitment to become carbon neutral, the University has returned its carbon emissions to 2007-08 baseline year levels.
2. Disposable cups reduced by 37 per cent
The introduction of a levy on single-use coffee cups has been very effective, leading to an average reduction in disposable cup usage of 37 per cent in University-owned cafes over the past year.
3. 10 per cent of new students from Scotland came from the most deprived areas
The University was delighted to meet the Commission for Widening Access targets of 10 per cent of our intake to come from the 20 per cent most deprived areas in Scotland 3 years ahead of schedule.
4. Centre for Homeless and Inclusion Health launched
Through the University’s Social Impact Pledges, the Centre for Homeless and Inclusion Health was launched in 2018.
5. 3,400 tonnes of carbon predicted to be saved with energy efficiency projects
Energy efficiency projects valued at £7.2 million approved, delivering annual savings of over £1.1 million and 3,400 tonnes of carbon emissions.
6. University established the Roundtable of Sustainable Academic Travel
The University established an international network of global institutions in a bid to address the growing emissions from business travel within higher education.
7. £180,000 given to local community projects by the University
The University has awarded £180,000 to more than 40 projects across the city since its inception in October 2017.
8. University of Edinburgh academics contribute expertise to IPCC report
Academics from Edinburgh contributed to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report.
9. The University has committed to invest up to £8 million in social investments
By May 2019, the University had already invested £2.5 million with Big Issue Invest via its Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) II and Power Up Scotland, and Social Investment Scotland via its Social Growth Fund 2.
10. Students completed the Global Challenges for Business course
This is a new innovative approach to the University’s Business School's first-year core requirements. Students study topics such as digital disruption, globalisation and environmental disruption.