Sustainable queens: Southampton officially 18th best in UK according to new uni rankings

And no it’s not because of the city’s rats

The University of Southampton has been ranked as the 18th best in the UK in new university sustainability rankings, as well as in the top 100 in the world.

The new QS World University Rankings for Sustainability rank 700 universities around the world, measuring how different unis are able “to tackle the world’s greatest environmental, social and governance challenges”.

The overall score is split into environmental sustainability measures (including sustainable institutions, sustainable education and sustainable research), as well as social impact measures (these include equality, knowledge exchange, educational impact, employability and opportunities, and quality of life).

Soton was given an overall world impact ranking of 88 in the world, with an environmental impact rank of 130 and social impact rank of 48.

The best university in the country was found to be Edinburgh, which also came fourth overall. Scotland’s apparently the place to be, as Glasgow was second in the UK – and then Oxford, Newcastle, and Cambridge rounded out the top five.

Bournemouth came somewhere in 551-600th in the world, and Portsmouth came in the 281-300th ranking. Awks for them.

Earlier this month, Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed Southampton as the 12th best uni in the UK, and 108th in the world. The uni league table ranks almost 1,800 unis across over 100 countries around the globe.

You can see the full QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2023 here.

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