Sustainable Campus

Awards & Rankings

Awards & Rankings

THE Impact

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

Newcastle University was ranked 4th in the UK and joint 24th in the world in the 2023 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.

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 2022, the University was ranked 21st out of 153 universities.

The highest scoring areas:

  • Management Systems (100%)
  • Education for Sustainable Development (99%)
  • Managing Carbon (83%)
  • Environmental Policy (80%)
  • Engagement (70%)
  • Ethical Investment (68%)

We are pleased to say we are a university that hit the sector target of 43% emissions reduction between 2005-06 and 2020-21.

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!