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Newcastle University commits to embedding social and environmental justice throughout our activity. We are taking action on the climate and ecological crises. We do this through our environmental sustainability work.

Ranked in the top 5 in the UK for sustainable development

See Newcastle University's progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023 recognise our efforts.

Newcastle is placed in the top 5 in the UK and the top 25 in the world

The Impact Rankings assess more than 1,400 universities from around the world. They look at action taken towards the UNSDGs. They evaluate institutions across research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.

1st in the UK for action on sustainable development.

We have also been ranked joint 30th in the world out of over 1,400 institutions in the latest QS World University Rankings: Sustainability.

The continued high performance in global league rankings highlights the University’s continuing commitment and work towards sustainable development. It illustrates how the alignment of our work with the UNSDGs is driving education, research and innovation across the University.

Latest news

Climate change shown to cause methane release from the deep ocean

New research has shown that fire-ice - frozen methane which is trapped as a solid under our oceans - is vulnerable to melting due to climate change and could be released into the sea.

Newcastle University scientists join a new €41.3m climate centre

Newcastle University will be part of the new Climate+ Co-Centre to help tackle the climate, biodiversity and water crises impacting Ireland and Britain.

Schoolchildren explore careers in polar research

Hundreds of schoolchildren will visit Newcastle University this week to learn what it is like to be a polar researcher.