Edinburgh ranked 30th in the world in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings assesses the social, environmental and economic impact of universities based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

University of Edinburgh ranked 30th in Times Higher Education Impact Ranking 2020

The University of Edinburgh has been ranked in the top four per cent of institutions worldwide. The University ranked 1st in Scotland, 7th in the UK and 5th among the Russell Group universities.

2020 was the first year that the University of Edinburgh participated in the ranking, with data submitted from the academic year 2017-18.

We are especially pleased with the recognition of our commitment to work through partnerships. Through myriad sustained partnerships we can see further, reach higher and ensure our teaching and research is contextualised, current and needed. For the University of Edinburgh this is the key to meaningful impact.

Professor James SmithVice Principal International

The University of Edinburgh's score 

Overall score 91.8 out of 100
Overall rank Ranked 30th out of 767 institutions
Participation Evidence submitted for 11 out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals
Notable SDG rankings
Sustainable development goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals

Ranked 4th out of 806 institutions


Sustainable development goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption 

Ranked 13th out of 360 institutions


We achieved top quartile scores for 10 out of the 11 SDGs we submitted data for.

View the scores for the University of Edinburgh

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

The ranking seeks to showcase aspects of university performance not covered in other rankings, for example, recognising the impact of operations.

The first iteration of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings was published in early 2019, with the University of Edinburgh participating for the first time in 2020.

The minimum requirement for universities was to submit data for four of the SDGs (number seventeen which focuses on partnership for the goals was mandatory for all universities), however, institutions were allowed to submit data against more of the SDGs. Universities are ranked based on the three SDGs they best perform against and number seventeen.

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Sustainable development goals

Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2018-19

The Sustainable Development Goals are embedded within the University’s Strategy 2030 and progress is reported annually. The University and Students' Association signed the Sustainable Development Goals Accord in 2017.

View the Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2018-19