Our commitment to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

As a world-leading, research-intensive University, the University of Glasgow is committed to contributing towards the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a call to action in tackling the most pressing global challenges facing humanity and the natural world. We are proud of our community of students and staff who, through research, education and knowledge transfer, make a meaningful impact to our global society.

As a reflection of the University commitment to the SDGs, Glasgow was the first UK University to declare it would divest from fossil fuels within a decade and the first in Scotland to declare a Climate Emergency.  Our ambitious new Sustainability Strategy, Glasgow Green, also commits the University to a significant plan of action to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

We are dedicated to inclusive growth and just transition, where sustainability is placed at the heart of everything we do.

In 2021 the University hosted a series of events, installations and debates during COP26 in Glasgow, and this autumn will host the inaugural THE’s Global Sustainable Development Congress, which aims to unite higher education, governments, industry and civil society to ensure a more sustainable future.

This year Glasgow will host THE’s Global Sustainable Development Congress: 


As a clear indicator of our commitment to the SDGs, the University of Glasgow has been ranked nineteenth in the world for the positive impact it has on society, according to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. The rankings demonstrate the difference a university is making in the world by working towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, places the University of Glasgow first in Scotland and third in the UK.

THE Impact Rankings 2022 Top 20 overall

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow said: “The University of Glasgow is committed to contributing to the delivery of the SDGs and making a global difference.

“We know the responsibilities of the University go beyond world changing research and teaching to having a positive impact on society here in Glasgow as well as in Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world.

“There is always more we can all do, but these results of the THE Impact Rankings are testament to the effort of colleagues under difficult circumstances in recent years to deliver positive and lasting change.”