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 one of the world’s top 100 universities*, we’re proud to share 100 ways we’re changing the world.

*QS World University Rankings 2023


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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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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AuthorAid: supporting researchers from around the world

AuthorAid is a free pioneering global network that provides support for researchers in low- and middle-income countries. Dr Rebecca Dewey has been working with the platform to network, co-design science experiments and share her expertise world-wide.

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 Our contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Campus shelter for the homeless

Working with local charity Emmanuel House, the university has renewed its commitment to provide an on-campus winter shelter for people affected by homelessness. Last winter, we provided almost 4000 nights’ protection for more than 100 people.

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Mapping UK food insecurity

Researchers at University of Nottingham Business School are working with food sharing app OLIO, supermarkets and local authorities to measure food poverty in the UK by creating localised, predictive digital mapping of food insecurity.

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Centre for Healthcare Technologies

Our strategic alliance with the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust underlines our capacity to address healthcare challenges. By driving scientific discovery through to clinical application, we accelerate access to innovative drugs, devices and diagnostics.

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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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