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Life on Land

Protect and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems and reverse land degradation.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

17 Sustainable Development Goals are at the core of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They represent a blueprint for peace and prosperity that all its member states adopted in 2015.

Find out more about how Newcastle University is working towards these goals to help create a better and fairer world.

Goal 15

We are proud to have a very green campus in a large urban area. Our Grounds Team collaborates with colleagues and students in the University community. This helps to increase biodiversity by providing food, shelter and habitats for wildlife to flourish.

Our researchers contributed to the development of the STAR metric. This metric allows us to understand extinction risk in a much more detailed way.

We are committed to conserving and increasing biodiversity on our campus and further afield.


Our campus

Newcastle University’s city centre campus supports a variety of wildlife with its green spaces. We're committed to preserving and enhancing biodiversity.

Our campus has achieved a Silver Hedgehog Friendly Campus award. We support pollinators by planting pollinator-friendly flowers across the estate. We have installed bat boxes and barns at one of our student accommodation sites to give roosting areas to the urban bat population.

Conservation of biodiversity

One of the focuses of the research in our School of Natural and Environmental Sciences is conservation.

Their research uses data to better understand changes to various ecosystems and species decline.

STAR metric

The STAR metric provides an overall measure of species at risk of extinction in a particular place. The metric development was led by:

  • Newcastle University
  • the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

The metric allows us to assess which places have the highest overall extinction risk and what threats are contributing to this.