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Awards & Rankings

Awards & Rankings

THE Impact

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

Newcastle University was ranked 1st in the UK and 8th in the world in the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

The rankings assessed over 1,500 universities across the world on action taken towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Universities are assessed on operations, research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.

Newcastle University has an SDG Committee which steers action at the University, and the Global Challenges Academy brings together research that supports the SDGs.

Watch our video on our THE Impact Ranking

People & Planet

Newcastle University is ranked First Class by People and Planet

The People and Planet University League is a league table of UK universities ranked according to ethical and environmental performance. It's compiled annually by the UK student campaigning network, People and Planet.

Newcastle University has achieved a First Class Honours award annually since 2012. In 2021, the University was ranked 21st out of 154 universities.

The highest scoring areas were in Policy and Strategy (100%), Environmental Management Systems (100%), Managing Carbon (80%) and Ethical Investment (78%). With an overall score of 67.2%, this is the University’s highest total to date, although the league position is down from 12th in 2019 to 21st in 2021. Newcastle University is ranked joint sixth for Ethical Investment and joint 11th for Carbon Management.

The University's full scorecard can be viewed on the People and Planet website.

Green Gowns

Newcastle University had two climate action initiatives celebrated at the 2021 Green Gown Awards.

Benefitting Society: Climate Change Catastrophe!

Newcastle University, in partnership with Cap-a-Pie theatre company, won the Green Gown for Benefitting Society with the show Climate Change Catastrophe!

The series explains the emergency situation of the climate crisis, made by kids, for grown ups.

Watch how Climate Change Catastrophe! was made on YouTube

2030 Climate Action: Newcastle University's Climate Action Plan

The University was recognised as Highly Commended in the 2030 Climate Action category.

Our Climate Action Plan sets out our plans for net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, along with ambitious targets for indirect emissions.

Find out about our Climate Action Plan!