Our commitment to the goals

At the University of Nottingham, we take sustainability seriously.

We actively address the complex challenges facing our planet and are committed to making significant contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We’re proud to be recognised among the world’s top higher education institutions for our efforts, ranking in the Top 200 in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024. These global rankings evaluate more than 2,000 universities from 125 countries based on their performance against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which set out a blueprint for creating a more sustainable future.

Our world-leading research places us within the world’s Top 100 for a number of individual SDG goals:

SDG2_ Zero Hunger - Top 80
SDG6_ Clean Water and Sanitation - Top 80
SDG8_ Decent Work and Economic Growth - Top 60
SDG13_ Climate Action - Top 90
SDG14_ Life Below Water - Top 70
SDG15_ Life on Land - Top 60


While there is still a long road ahead, these results show our unwavering dedication to the SDGs and our commitment to creating a better future for all through pioneering research and education.

This is the place making the sustainable obtainable.  



Our researchers deliver solutions to complex problems and work with partners in the UK and across the world to ensure our innovations have transformative impact on people’s lives.

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Learning and students

Our teaching is informed by the SDGs. We inspire our students to be globally-engaged citizens, equipped with the skills and knowledge to make a difference. We work hard to help make such opportunities accessible to all.

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Engagement and impact

We engage with the communities we serve, sharing knowledge and experience and working together to strengthen resilience, wellbeing and opportunity.

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Policy and operations

We strive to make our award-winning campuses green, pleasant places to work and learn, and environmental stewardship informs every aspect of the university’s operations.

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Watch how the the University of Nottingham is playing a leading role in tackling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals



The 17 goals

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No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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Affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

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Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

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Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

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Reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

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Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

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Responsible consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

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Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

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Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

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Peace, justice and strong institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

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Partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

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Find out more about the goals

The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

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