Social Responsibility & Sustainability Report 2014/15

Our annual Social Responsibility & Sustainability Report presents highlights and performance across key topics. This includes our carbon emissions, recycling and reuse discharges to the environment, and information on other topics such as community engagement.

At the University of Edinburgh we seek to make a make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world.

As a global and world leading University, Edinburgh benefits society primarily through the research it carries out, and the students who learn here and whose lives are influenced here.

In addition, as a large organisation with hundreds of buildings, close to 40,000 students and staff, and supply chains reaching across the world, the University of Edinburgh also impacts people and nature through the way in which it operates and carries out its business.  Social capital, human capital, natural capital, physical capital, and financial capital are all important for our long term success.

We seek to continually improve our approach to reporting through alignment with good practice.  As the eminent physicist Lord Kelvin once said "If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it."

This year we focused on the inclusion of SRS information in our annual report and accounts our web based reporting and have a short standalone highlights report. 

Download a copy of our Social Responsibility & Sustainability Report 2014/15 


We are keen to hear your views so get in touch and let us know what you would like to see in future SRS highlights reports. 

Michelle Brown

Head of SRS Programmes

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  • Michelle joined the University of Edinburgh in 2014 bringing nearly 20 years of international experience. Michelle is responsible for the organisation, planning, management and delivery of SRS programmes to deliver our strategies and commitments on climate change, circular economy, supply chains and community engagement. Prior to joining the department, Michelle was a Director in CSR Asia and worked as a consultant for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and has consulted for numerous international companies and development organisations in China, Vietnam, India parts of Africa, the UK and Canada. She has served as a Director for VSO in China and previously taught on courses at the University of Hong Kong and at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).