Social Responsibility and Sustainability

About the Sustainability 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

Residence award winners 2018
Residence Award winners 2018

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

Awards for individuals

Sharon Boyd, SRS Changemaker 2018
Sharon Boyd, SRS Changemaker 2018

Social Responsibility and Sustainability Changemaker Award

Do you know someone who deserves to be celebrated for their individual efforts?

The "SRS Changemaker" Award recognises individual students and staff who have brought noticeable positive change to the University and its community (fellow students and staff) either by undertaking a successful socially responsible or sustainable project or by inspiring others to act in a more socially responsible and sustainable way.

Examples could be:

  • organising a team litter pick that brought people together
  • spearheading a podcast to raise awareness of a particular issue
  • embedding sustainability into teaching
  • supporting friends, classmates or colleagues to make sustainable changes to their daily lives

Nominations for the SRS Changemaker Award are now closed.

Community partnership award winners 2018
Community Partnership Award winners 2018

Awards for Community partnerships

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.


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.

Our partners

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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.