UN Sustainable Development Goals impact rankings

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, are an urgent call for action. They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

Although the Sustainable Development Goals aren’t focused on higher education, it's important that universities contribute to them.

The SDGs focus on subjects that we're passionate about, such as offering innovative, inclusive education; reducing inequality; and supporting sustainable economic growth. We've always been keen to play our part.

THE Impact Rankings 2021

The Impact Rankings, published on 21 April 2021 by the Times Higher Education magazine, are the first global attempt to measure university progress around the SDGs.

They look at the tangible difference universities are making, in their local communities and more widely.

We’re delighted to be ranked 36th in the world and 2nd in the UK for Good Health and Wellbeing, and one of the top 200 in the world for Reduced Inequalities.

Good health and wellbeing

We’re ranked 36th in the world and 2nd in the UK for SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing.

This ranking is based in part on the number of ARU graduates in health professions, which is a vital influence on health and wellbeing in our region.

But it also relates to our collaborations with local, national and global health institutions, shared resources such as our sports facilities and University Eye Clinic, and how we provide our students and staff with access to mental health support.

Healthcare teaching and health research are at the heart of our University.

We're proud of our students and graduates, who are making a tangible difference to people's lives as nurses, midwives, paramedics, operating department practitioners and more.

And we also celebrate our researchers' work, as they find innovative ways to deal with specific conditions and diseases and improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve.

Supporting health and wellbeing

Our healthcare students and graduates are making a difference to people's lives – as are our researchers, who are undertaking vital work to support people's wellbeing.

Making a difference as a registered nurse Using music therapy to promote health and wellbeing

Reduced inequalities

We’re particularly pleased to be ranked in the top 200 higher education institutions in the world for SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities, reflecting the ambition at the very heart of ARU.

This ranking is based upon our student and staff demographics and the measures we have in place to promote equality and tackle discrimination.

Promoting equality and inclusion

We're strongly focused on transforming lives through innovative, inclusive education – and helping all our students to reach their potential.

Chris's story: In at the deep end Grant's story - An activist's voice

Looking to 2030... and beyond

The hope is that the UN's Sustainable Development Goals will be achieved by 2030.

This won't happen by accident, or by institutions working in isolation. It will mean different sectors working together, pooling resources, knowledge and expertise. We will continue to play our part.

We've pledged to incorporate sustainability into every aspect of University life, with our Sustainability Strategy 2020-26 setting out four main goals relating to our students, research and innovation, business operations, and our community.