Manchester named best uni in world for action on sustainable development

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings have just been released

The University of Manchester has been voted the world’s most environmentally friendly university by the Times in its Higher Education Impact Rankings. It came out top of 1,200 unis from 98 countries.

It is the top university in the world to have done the most work towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Some of the goals include: No poverty, gender equality and clean energy.

It also came first for its work towards the development goal for Sustainable Cities and Communities and Responsible Consumption and Production, as well as a second place for work in relation to Life Below Water.

So, how was this result reached?

The university has won due to its research work in these development goals, including creating sustainable infrastructure, creating cleaner skies, and removing harmful pollutants from industrial wastewater with innovative technology.

The university was voted top for its achievements for humanity due to having social responsibility as a core goal for its students.

These are achieved by: The pioneering civic engagement work of its cultural institutions, how students are engaged with the development goals, the commitment to a zero-carbon future, paying staff a living wage, and the quality of reporting of progress on each of the 17 development goals.

Vice-Chancellor Nancy Rothwell said: “We’re absolutely delighted to top the world in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings in 2021, but more importantly we’re pleased to be part of a growing community of universities committed to measuring and sharing their societal impact.”

Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer, Times Higher Education, said: “It is wonderful to see from this unique Times Higher Education data analysis that UK universities are making a major impact to global society across a whole range of individual Sustainable Development Goals.

“In a year that has seen record levels of participation in the impact rankings, with 1,240 universities from 98 countries and regions included across the 18 ranking tables, and the clear strength of institutions in every corner of the world when it comes to helping achieve these shared goals.

“The success of The University of Manchester and many British peers is testament to the vital role universities across the home nations are playing in helping to ensure a sustainable future.”

The findings are displayed in 18 league tables, one for each of the 17 individual Sustainable Development Goals, and one overall Ranking table. Data was collected from universities and Elsevier and the metrics were developed in partnership with Vertigo Ventures. Find out more about the Impact Rankings here and visit the full Impact Rankings 2021 methodology here.

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