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Our work

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

Student curriculum

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.

Sustainable research

The University of Leeds is committed to integrating sustainability into everything that we do, and research is no exception.

Our student community

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.

Biodiversity at Leeds

We recognise and embrace the challenges of being a city campus by using innovation to become exemplars of urban biodiversity.

Single-use plastic

We work to remove single use plastic wherever practicably possible and replace with alternatives

Climate Plan

The climate crisis is the most important global challenge we all face. Our Climate Plan sets out how we will play our part in tackling this.

Working with the city

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.

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.