We’ve been ranked 87th in the world for our overall contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), demonstrating our commitment to a sustainable future.
The rankings also place Durham in the top 100 in nine of the individual league tables for the 17 UN SDGs, an achievement we are really proud of.
Global goals, local action
The results are from the latest edition of the annual Times Higher Education Global Impact Rankings 2021, which assessed over 1,000 universities from 94 countries to look at their progress towards the 17 SDGs.
We’re committed to a more sustainable future and we’re working hard to achieve this across our campus. Some of the work, which has contributed to our success in these global rankings, includes:
Research for the future
Durham University has signed the SDG Accord, which is a global response and commitment from the Higher Education sector to the UN SDGs.
Our academics are also using their expertise to help ensure the SDGs are realised across the world.
As part of The Water Hub partnership, we have experts working with communities and government agencies on water security and sustainable water use (supporting SDG6 ’Clean water and sanitation’).
Researchers in our engineering department are looking at everything from how to protect soil health (supporting SDG15 ’Life on land’) to how to speed up the use of wind energy in Africa.
Durham Energy Institute is the hub for energy research at Durham and undertakes interdisciplinary research into energy decarbonisation (supporting SDG7 ’Affordable and clean energy’).