There are many ways to change the world. This is a great place to start.

Our pioneering researchers deliver solutions to complex global challenges. Our people work with communities, locally and globally, to make a difference. Through our discoveries, teaching and all that we do, we’re committed to helping achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

As a leading university we’re proud to share 100 ways we’re changing the world.


Changing the world will take collaboration, research, education and building our communities for the future.

Over the coming year we will be sharing 100 ways we have made a difference to people’s lives and are helping to secure a fairer world.




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Combating CO2 emissions through AI

As we continue our journey to net zero photovoltaic (PV) production is expected to increase as a sustainable alternative. PV relies on the weather and batteries to ensure a consistent level of input and AI weather forecasting has a crucial role to play.

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Biochar trial to trap C02

The University of Nottingham is leading the UKs largest trial to evaluate the viability of a material called biochar to store carbon from the atmosphere to counter the impact of climate change.

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Ensuring AI has a positive impact

AI is having a transformative impact on every aspect of our lives, including education. Experts from Nottingham are working to ensure artificial intelligence is used safely and responsibly by teachers, trainers and students.

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PhD student is a three-minute wonder

Faculty of Engineering PhD student Diret Bitrus Tang'an triumphed in a global competition that challenges young researchers to communicate the significance of their work in just three minutes. Diret is addressing environmental challenges in the Niger Delta and his success underlines the power of research to cross borders and make an impact.

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 Our contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 7 - African SCENe: bringing clean energy to low-income communities in Nairobi

Millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to reliable and affordable energy. An international partnership featuring researchers from the University of Nottingham hopes Nairobi’s community-based, green energy hubs will be a model to address this challenge.

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SDG 8 - Ending exploitation in the construction industry

Modern slavery experts at Nottingham and partners including the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority are working to promote ethical labour and end exploitation in the UK construction industry.

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SDG 9 - Securing net zero aviation

We are a leading partner in Europe’s Clean Sky 2 aviation research programme, and with partners including Boeing, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Leonardo our ambition is to make the East Midlands the world’s foremost location for low-carbon aerospace innovation.

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Our commitment to the goals

At the University of Nottingham, we address the complex challenges facing our planet and are committed to making an outstanding contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a call to action to secure a safer, fairer and more sustainable future. Discover how the the University of Nottingham is playing a leading role in tackling these global challenges.

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There are so many wonderful world changing projects taking place at the University of Nottingham, both past and present and we would like to hear your favourite world changing story.



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