A new league table just published gauges how universities are making a real impact on society outside their research and teaching.
The global ranking, compiled by the Times Higher Education magazine, measures how universities are working towards 11 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include academic freedom policies, efforts towards gender equality and taking action against climate change.
The University Impact Rankings results reveal a brand new line-up of institutions, and place Bangor University among the world’s 200 top performing institutions. 23 other UK universities join with Bangor University among the top 200, with Bangor being the only University from Wales represented.
This comes as no surprise to the institution which was again recently cited the eighth greenest University worldwide in the UI Green Metric but it also underlines how important it is for us to ensure that we can demonstrate clearly how our activities contribute towards the SDGs and also Wales’ well-being goals.
Welcoming the news, Professor Jo Rycroft Malone, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research at Bangor University said:
“We know that universities have an effect way beyond their immediate environment and activities of educating students. We have set ourselves an ambitious challenge to become a sustainable university for Wales and the region and to be an exemplar of the sustainable university.
This means a consideration of sustainability, in all its aspects, in all that we do. We are pleased with these results and will continue to strive for further improvement.”