Top three in the UK

Leeds has been recognised top three in the UK and 11th worldwide for it’s Sustainable impact in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

Top three for Sustainable impact
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Sustainable curriculum

Our curriculum reflects our wider approach to sustainability. It’s about looking at the whole picture and how research and teaching fits together across disciplines.

Leeds sustainable curriculum
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Our work

Sustainability is an integral element of being a member of staff or student at the University of Leeds. Collaboration and inclusivity are key when embedding sustainability within our research, teaching and entire campus operations, and we use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to frame and steer our activity.

Learn more about our world-leading research; our award-winning collaborative and holistic approach to sustainability; and the ways in which we are making a positive social, environmental and economic impacts on our local, national and international communities.

What we do

Our award-winning approach to sustainable teaching commits us to making sure all students leave the University adept in sustainability understanding how it applies to their discipline.
Leeds sustainable curriculum
The University of Leeds is committed to integrating sustainability into everything that we do, and research is no exception.
Sustainable research
Our students contribute knowledge, innovation and talent to the city of Leeds not just through their studies, but also through engaging positively with our local community.
Students in the community
We recognise and embrace the challenges of being a city campus by using innovation to become exemplars of urban biodiversity.
Biodiversity at Leeds
We have pledged to remove all single-use plastic from our campus operations by 2023.
Plastic pledge
The climate crisis is the most important global challenge we all face. As a world-leading University in climate change, it is our obligation to address this; it’s not a choice.
Climate principles
We are proud to partner with organisations and people across the city and region. Through these we create social value locally, as well as furthering our city’s national recognition.
Engaging and supporting communities

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our work is linked to all of the SDGs.

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.