Staffordshire University is one of just 52 UK institutions to participate in this year’s Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021 which measures performance in 17 individual SDGs.
Analysis of countries’ performance across the 2021 Impact Rankings reveals that the UK is part of a golden triangle of nations that perform well across the board, alongside Australia and Canada. And for the first time, a UK university - University of Manchester – has taken the number 1 spot overall.
The Impact Rankings announcement follows the launch of Staffordshire University’s Social Mobility Pledge.
As an institution with social mobility at the heart of its purpose, the University was one of a pioneering group of UK businesses and universities aiming to set a new and higher standard on boosting social mobility in Britain, with leadership focus on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues.
The University’s Environmental Sustainability strategy is also a key strand of future development, and by signing up to the One Planet Pledge, the University is committed to achieving a Carbon Net Zero position by 2030.
Welcoming the Impact Rankings, Vice-Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes CBE DL said: “Social mobility has always been at our core, and we have worked incredibly hard over the last 18 months to put environmental sustainability high on the University’s agenda and our activity is increasing at pace.
“Our participation in the rankings is just one way of demonstrating that we are committed to the UN’s sustainable development goals, and that we have a responsibility as an anchor institution to think about our social and environmental impacts and how we can best tackle these challenges at a local and global level.
“This matters to our current and future students, and we are absolutely committed to building a more sustainable University and reducing our environmental impacts at the same time.”
Staffordshire University is among more than 500 organisations globally to have made a Social Mobility Pledge to take steps to boost opportunity.
- The Times Higher Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This uses carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas; research, stewardship, outreach and teaching. The 2021 rankings include 1,240 institutions from 98 countries/regions.