SDG goal 14 - Life Below Water

Water Works is a group of more than 140 multidisciplinary researchers from across the university’s campuses in the UK, Malaysia and China. The group’s research informed the Nottingham City Council’s Carbon Neutral 2028 action plan and has driven the water resilience agenda nationally and internationally, including UN calls for action of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.



500 million

people live in delta regions

Up to 600 million

microplastic particles found in daily Trent basin surveys


researchers in multidisciplinary Water Works group




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Living Deltas project

The Living Deltas project is assessing the aquatic health of delta systems in southeast Asia. By tracking pollution across the Ganges-Brahmaputra, Mekong and Red River deltas, we can help policymakers conserve these vital ecosystems.

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Learning and students

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Key role of tomorrow's engineers

Nottingham’s Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department is rated as among the best in the country. Watch Professor Rachel Gomes MBE talk about her research into wastewater and training the engineers of tomorrow.

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Engagement and impact

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Informing UN report on plastic marine pollution

Evidence-based recommendations from the Water Works research group was presented to the United Nations Environment Assembly and informed its subsequent report on marine plastic pollution and call for urgent global action.

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Policy and operations

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Reducing water usage in our labs

The university’s Environmental and Sustainability Policy includes a commitment to reduce water consumption and increase the efficiency of our water systems. We’ve signed up to the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework and across our labs we are reducing water use.

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