Social Responsibility and Sustainability

About the Awards

The Sustainability Awards offer an opportunity for staff and students to make a difference and contribute towards our University becoming more socially responsible and sustainable.

Everyone at the University can take part in the Sustainability Awards.

We have six different types of Sustainability Award spanning the breadth of the University so that everyone can get involved.

Staff awards

Office award winners 2018
Office Award winners 2018

Office and lab awards

Each staff award category comes with its own toolkit containing a set of specially designed criteria to encourage action in social responsibility and sustainability themes. Teams work together to complete the toolkit and track progress using our simple online platform.

At the end of the staff Sustainability Awards trained student auditors or staff peer auditors in the Lab Awards, meet with teams to review efforts made and give feedback on the team’s performance.

Support from the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability is available throughout the process.

Office Awards Lab Awards

Student awards

Residence award winners 2018
Residence Award winners 2018

Student Project Awards

Awarded to student groups, societies or individuals who have made a significant contribution to social responsibility and sustainability within the University.

Student Residence Awards

The Student Residence Awards allow students to work with their neighbours and Resident Assistant to transform their residence into a shining example of social responsibility and sustainability. 

Student Residence Awards

Other awards

Community partnership award winners 2018
Community Partnership Award winners 2018

Community Partnership Awards

Social Responsibility and Sustainability Community Partnership Awards recognise University staff and students who have partnered with local communities on initiatives that have had a positive social impact for the community partners. For the purposes of the Awards, ‘local’ counts as the City of Edinburgh, plus neighbouring council areas.

Social Responsibility and Sustainability Changemaker Award

A way to recognise and reward staff or students who demonstrate leadership in social responsibility and sustainability, and who have had a notable impact on the University community, despite it not being a formal part of their job description as a member of staff, or expected of them as a student. 

Do you have an idea for someone to nominate as a Changemaker? Please fill out the form below, and we'll be in touch in due course.

Nominate a Social Responsibility and Sustainability Changemaker

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The University Website Programme team would wholeheartedly recommend taking part in the Sustainability Awards. The tasks are fun and easy to complete and the process helped pull the team closer together.

Bruce DarbyProject Manager, University Website Programme


Previous winners

Sustainability Awards Past Winners Section Image - trophies
The Sustainability Awards, running since 2010, offer an opportunity for staff and students to make a difference and contribute towards the University becoming more socially responsible and sustainable.

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2018 review

In 2018, a review was conducted of the office, residence, and lab Sustainability Awards at multiple levels by Alistair Soutter. Read the review below.