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Newcastle University named world leader in sustainability UK News

The University of Newcastle has been recognized as a leader in sustainable development after being ranked 15th in a world ranking.

The university is ranked 15th in the world – and third in the UK – in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021, which ranks higher education institutions based on how well they are meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The lists rank more than 1,000 universities from 94 countries around the world in areas such as research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.

The University of Manchester tops the rankings – the first UK institution to do so – with the University of Sydney and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, both in Australia, second and third.

The University of Newcastle was ranked very high for responsible drinking and for its support for sustainable cities and communities.

He has also achieved good results for reducing inequalities and has been praised for the impact of his research on social inequalities, as well as for policies to recruit colleagues and students from under-represented groups.

Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor and President of Newcastle University, said: “Our performance in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings is a testament to the hard work of our colleagues and students.

“They highlight our institutional efforts to bring about lasting change through our research and teaching, as well as our daily practices. However, we are not complacent and recognize that we all need to move further and faster towards environmental sustainability and reducing our environmental impact. “

Elsewhere in the lists, the University of Northumbria is ranked 50th and Durham is 87th.

Rankings take into account universities’ contribution to areas such as reducing poverty and hunger, promoting good health and gender equality, and tackling climate change.

In 2019, the University of Newcastle joined a number of organizations in declaring a climate emergency. Since then, it has also become a signatory to the United Nations Agreement on Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Climate Letter.

Now, the university has announced that it has advanced its decade-long net zero goal, pledging to accelerate the decarbonization of its operations with the goal of achieving net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. .