University of Stirling ranked top 13% in the world for sustainability

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The University of Stirling has been ranked in the top 13% by the World University Rankings for Sustainability.

It sees the University move in to the top 200 for the first time.

Operated by global higher education analysts Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the ranking assesses sustainability across three key performance categories: Environmental Impact, Social Impact, and Governance, with 1,402 universities evaluated separately in each of these categories, as well as in an overall ranking.

It means the University is now rated as joint 79th in Europe and 35th in the UK.

Professor Malcolm Macleod, Senior Deputy Principal (Operational Strategy and External Affairs) at the University of Stirling, said: “Our performance in the QS World Sustainability Rankings is a notable achievement, with the University ranking exceptionally well in areas of Equality, and Health and Wellbeing.

“As both an employer and a place of learning, we are committed to playing our role in addressing the climate crisis and this success is testament to our efforts to drive forward sustainable practices.

“We are continuing to take action to lower our institutional carbon footprint and support cleaner, greener ways of working in order to meet our target of achieving net-zero by 2040.”

The University was praised for its strong governance practices including its specific policies relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Anti-Harrassment and Bribery, as well as its transparent and democratic decision-making principles.

Other areas scoring highly included the University’s excellent support services for students and staff on campus, including the availability of healthy food choices, access to mental health services and on-site medical facilities.