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Progress for the planet

At Glasgow, we’re taking sustainability seriously – and we’ve been recognised for our efforts.

In June 2023 we were ranked 13th in the world in both the QS Sustainability Rankings and the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, a rise of six places, for our contribution to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 objectives cover activities across social, economic and environmental sustainability, such as Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10); Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8); and Climate Action (SDG 13). By aligning our research closely with the SDGs, we can help tackle the most pressing global challenges facing humanity and the natural world.

The SDGs provide a strong framework for us to contribute to helping solve some of the most critical natural and human-made threats to our planet. We submitted evidence demonstrating our impact in relation to all 17 of the SDGs, and although the number of participating institutions increased by 183 this year, we still improved our ranking by six places, “passing the assessment with flying colours”.

At a glance

• We're 2nd in the world for SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

• We're 6th in the world for SDG16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

• We're 9th in the world for SDG17: Partnerships for the Goals

• Solar power from the photovoltaic panels on the JMS Learning Hub roof is enough to charge 15,000 smartphones

• £4.4bn is the value of our economic contribution to the UK economy

• We're safeguarding peregrine falcons – the highly protected species has been nesting in our tower for the past 20 years

• The rainwater harvested on the roof of the JMS Learning hub is enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool

• We planted 300 native trees as a legacy of hosting the inaugural Global Sustainable Development Congress