In consulting about our Aberdeen 2040 strategy, our academic and student community highlighted the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework that should inform our academic and operational sustainability activities. We are committed to working with the SDGs to help us articulate the positive sustainability impacts of our research and teaching, and to help us prioritise improvements in operational practice.
- Annual Report
Our first Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Annual Report was published in autumn 2021. It showcased research, curriculum, community, and operational initiatives and reflected the breadth of activity happening across the University of Aberdeen with a positive impact on one or more of the SDGs. We intend to report annually on our progress and to work to find new ways to embed the SDGs in everything we do.
- Times Higher 'Impact' Rankings
We entered the inaugural Times Higher Education 'Impact' Rankings in 2019 and have participated actively since. We welcome the increased awareness these rankings have given to the SDGs across the global HE sector.
In the 2022 edition we ranked among the top 200 universities in the world in terms of our positive impact on society:
- The University was placed 101st-200th out of 1,406 institutions worldwide
- Headline performances were achieved in Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG8) and Climate Action (SDG13), with Aberdeen placed 48th globally for both
- SDG Accord
As part of the formal launch of our Aberdeen 2040 strategy, we signed the global SDG Accord (external site).
In June 2020, we submitted our first annual SDG Accord Report. That exercise saw us collate examples of activity across all 17 SDGS for the first time, and served as the template for the development of our own stand-along annual SDG Reports - first published in late 2021.
- Courses & Programmes
The University of Aberdeen offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and programmes that relate to sustainability and to activities designed to address the Sustainable Development Goals. These include:
For a full listing of courses relating to sustainability and for courses mapping on to our strategic “sustainability” theme, type the word “sustainable” into the search bar here https://www.abdn.ac.uk/registry/courses/
Postgraduate Degree Programmes
- Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology, MSc
- Ecology and Conservation, MSc
- Environmental Management, MSc
- Environmental Pollution and Remediation, MSc
- Environmental Science, MSc
- Marine Conservation, MSc
- Soil Science, MSc
Business, Law and Policy