2022 news

Social responsibility and sustainability news from 2022.

Commitment made to reverse nature loss

Icon concept circulating in hands for environment, society and governance, in sustainable business on networked connections
Edinburgh is a founding member of a new university alliance that seeks to halt and reverse biodiversity decline.

Award win for student biofuel research

Green Gown Awards ceremony 2022
Congratulations to Jiacheng Sun, PhD student at the School of Geosciences, for scooping the "Research with Impact" category in the Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland 2022.

University ranks first in UK for sustainability

Image of Edinburgh with the University's rankings in the QS World University Rankings: Sustainability overlayed
Edinburgh is among the world’s top institutions for tackling the world’s most pressing environmental and social issues.

Let's make the University of Edinburgh more sustainable!

Hands holding 'Welcome' sign, University buildings in the background. Illustration.
Find out about sustainability projects at the University by attending one of our events and signing up for our newsletter for the chance to win one of three £50 University Gift Shop vouchers.

How biodiverse is your park? Citizen scientists to find the answer

iNaturalist biodiversity app used to photograph bluebell
A collaboration between University researchers and local organisations will encourage members of the public to discover and record biodiversity in an Edinburgh park.

University receives Fairtrade Award for eighteenth year

Fairtrade University Awards photoshoot Levels Cafe summer 2022. Inflatable bananas read: "appeeling for change"
Activities to support workers around the world have been recognised through the prestigious Fairtrade University and College Award once more.

University a triple finalist in 2022 Green Gown Awards

Green Gown Awards 2022 Finalist, in association with UK Research and Innovation.
Student-led sustainability projects and a social impact grants scheme for the local community are all in the running to win awards.

Sustainability award win for University

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Mathieson, holding trophy for ISCN award 2022
The University’s efforts to fight the climate crisis have been recognised with an international award.

University ranks sixth in UK for positive impact

The University has ranked among the world’s top institutions for its social, environmental and economic impact.

Biodiversity plan launched to benefit plants, animals and more

Biodiversity Plan 2022 print mockup
The University's first ever biodiversity plan will protect and enhance green spaces on campus, and in the wider community, for all who enjoy them.

Sustainability Action Week, April 2022

Sustainability Action Week, Saturday 2 April to Friday 8 April, #UoETakeAction
Saturday 2 April to Friday 8 April. Join the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability for our Sustainability Action Week to learn, network, influence, engage and build skills that will give you the tools to take action in shaping a just transition to a zero carbon, resilient global society.

Gold award for Hedgehog Friendly Campus

Hedgehog Friendly Campus Gold Award 2021/22
The University of Edinburgh has been awarded a gold accreditation as a Hedgehog Friendly Campus thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers.

Quarter 1 highlights for 2021/22

Positive Imaginings climate circus performance
An overview of what the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability did during August to November 2021, including highlights, lessons learned and future priorities.