SPS contribution to UofG THE ranking success

Published: 29 April 2022

The University of Glasgow has been ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022 and many SPS activities have contributed to its success

The University of Glasgow has been ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022, out of 1,406 institutions across the world.  The rankings assess the contribution that universities are making to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through four routes: research; teaching; operations/stewardship; civic engagement/outreach. 

There are 17 SDGs which were adopted by the UN in 2015 to provide a framework to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

As well as being placed 19th in the world, Glasgow was also ranked second globally for 'Sustainable Cities and Communities' (SDG11) – which is concerned with making “cities and human settlements inclusive, safe and sustainable”.

Many activities in SPS form part of the University’s work on the SDGs. In particular, SPS work is highlighted in relation to 10 of the 17 SDGs, making a great contribution to the overall University success.

Our Deputy Head of School and Director for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Professor Ade Kearns, said: “It’s really pleasing to see that the good work done in the School, across teaching, research and community engagement is making a difference to the University’s impact upon the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.  The global reach and significance of our work, and the strength of our partnerships and collaborations to achieve that, is especially rewarding.”

  • SDG 1 No Poverty:

Work to support asylum seekers and refugees through the New Scots Partnership.

Masters in Human Rights & International Politics

Collaboration with the Poverty Alliance

  • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being:

Masters in Global Health

  • SDG 4: Quality Education:

Research by Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC)

Research by GCRF Centre for Sustainable Healthy Learning Cities (SHLC)

  • SDG 5: Gender Equality:

Work of the Gender Based Violence Research Forum

Research on gender-based violence in Central America in Politics and IR

  • SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy:

Research by the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Research (CaCHE) on Air Source Heat Pumps and collaboration with Glasgow City Council on tenement refrofitting.

  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Urban Studies research.

Research by the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research on employment retention.

Contribution to Glasgow City’s Commission for Economic Growth

  • SDG 10: Reduce Inequalities

Research on the impacts of public sector cuts after the global financial crisis.

Research on inequalities and the impacts of Covid-19.

  • SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Research and teaching in Urban Studies

Research by UBDC and SHLC.

  • SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Research by UBDC on active travel

  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals:

SHLC’s capacity-building partnerships in African and Asian cities


First published: 29 April 2022

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