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We’re excited to have been recognised as contributing more to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), demonstrating our commitment to a sustainable future.

The background…

The SDGs were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022 assessed over 1,400 universities worldwide against the UN SDGs, on research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.

Durham’s success

We’re proud to say our overall score rose to 87.3 out of 100.

On SDG17, Partnership for the Goals, we ranked 14th globally – a fantastic recognition of how we work with partners locally and globally to achieve more together. For example:

  • We’re working with partners locally in North East England to draw geothermal energy from a disused coal mine to heat buildings.
  • Each year we work with local organisations and charities to run the Green Move Out scheme, through which our students can donate unwanted items to charity at the end of the academic year.
  • We’re actively involved with the County Durham Environment and Climate Change Partnership, where organisations and individuals share knowledge and skills to find innovate solutions to environmental issues affecting our county.

We’re also building the SDGs into our education offer, with programmes in climate science, sustainability, energy and development, and environmental geoscience.

We also scored highly for SDG 15: Life on Land (60th globally) and SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities (64th globally).

Find out more
- Interested in environmental study? Explore our Environmental Geoscience BSc, Climate Science BSc, Sustainability, Energy and Development MSc
- Join our Greenspace Movement for sustainability
- Read a blog by one of our students about living sustainably
- Discover more about the UN SDGs