Manchester named one of the world’s leading universities for action on sustainable development

The UN’s 17 SDGs are the world’s call to action on the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing humanity and the natural world. As the UK’s only university to have social responsibility as a core goal, Manchester plays a leading role in tackling the SDGs in four ways: research impact, learning and students, public engagement activity and responsible campus operations.  

Through its research alone, Manchester is delivering on these by creating a healthier, fairer and greener world. For example, the University has contributed more than 21,000 research publications across all 17 SDGs over the past five years – representing 4% of the UK’s entire research on the goals. 

Director or Social Responsibility, Dr Julian Skyrme, added: “Whether this is for our strong research and student impact, our civic and public engagement work or our commitment to being a living wage employer, this most recent result is testament to the consistent way we’ve embedded social responsibility across all levels of the University.” 

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