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Positive Impact Partners

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The Positive Impact Partners programme connects third sector and civic organisations with researchers and students at the University of Leeds. 

Our aim is to help establish long-term, sustainable partnerships which support collaboration through research, teaching and the exchange of academic and practice-based knowledge to help solve challenges in our communities and beyond. 

The Positive Impact Partners programme delivers work that contributes to the “Supporting a Net Zero City” principle of the University’s Climate Plan. It is guided by the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission’s Climate Action Plan, and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   

Partnerships for the Goals

SDG 17 – partnerships for the goals - highlights the importance of partnerships to deliver sustainable development. The Positive Impact Partners (PIP) programme aims to enable these partnerships. It is open to public, voluntary, community, and social enterprises across Leeds, as well as staff and students across the University. 

Through the exchange of knowledge, expertise, resources and with the benefit of a diversity of problem-solving approaches, collaborative partnerships between public, private, civic and academic sectors can create innovative and imaginative solutions to big challenges.  

Collaboration between students and organisations can bring creativity and innovation to real-world problems, and partnerships between civic organisations and academics can combine practical knowledge and research expertise to create wider social, environmental and economic impacts.  

Our work within the programme is underpinned by the principles of respect, equity, shared knowledge, and mutual benefit.  

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The community-university-council partnership that created Royal Park

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Advancing together through university-community collaboration

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2024 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings announced

The University of Leeds has been ranked 52nd globally for its contribution towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) according to the Times Higher Education...

How can we work together to support communities post-Covid?

The Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted the health, wellbeing and prosperity of our local communities. In April 2021 the Positive Impact Partners (PIP) programme invited university...

Leeds is top three in UK for sustainable impact

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings recognises the University as one of the top three in the UK. The impact rankings measure university impact across the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development...

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The SDG wheel logo, made up of segments in 17 different colours representing the 17 SDGs.We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our work on the Leeds sustainable curriculum is linked to all of the SDGs.

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.