Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the curriculum

Find out how the University is working to allow all students to experience sustainability in their curriculum.

Sustainability is being embedded to different extents across the University’s Curriculum:

  • dedicated degree programmes
  • core and elective sustainability-focused modules
  • a thread through all subject areas within our Schools.

Our students want to see this progress so they can be prepared to thrive in the type of world they will graduate into.

Educator survey on embedding SDGs into the curriculum

See the SRS survey results graphic students produced on our living lab page on the positive impacts, under SDG 4 (Quality Education)

Students want SDGs in their curriculum

Campaigns such as Teach the Future show students nationally want to see sustainability meaningfully embedded in all their courses. Students here at the University of Edinburgh are just as invested.

Teach the Future [external]

University of Edinburgh students Sofia Velazquez Pimentel and Hanqi Feng interview fellow students about how they are taught sustainability in their programmes and what they want to see. Catrin Pilkinton and  Yiling Ju helped create the video. Four minutes, 22 seconds.

Elective modules

Students in library
Check these electives to include sustainability in your education. These modules are themed around one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Degree programmes

Two female scientists sitting in a small boat wearing cold water wetsuits with the ocean and an iceberg just behind them
We offer innovative undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Students on all programmes have opportunities to study social responsibility and sustainability issues.

Mapping the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the curriculum

Graduating students with Sustainable Development Goals 2022
Reviews of the Business School and School of Geosciences have taken place.

Support for teaching sustainability

Embed sustainability in the taught curriculum with the help of a variety of development resources. No matter what your discipline or experience, we encourage you to join our community of practice which is co-organised with the UN centre of regional expertise in education for Sustainable Development.