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Swansea University has ranked among the world’s top 80 for its environmental and social impact in the annual QS World Sustainability Rankings.

In the 2024 QS Sustainability Rankings, which were released on Tuesday 5 December 2023, the University is ranked 80th globally out of 1,403 institutions, and 23rd in the UK.

The rankings are based on three main categories: Environmental Impact, Social Impact, and Governance. They provide a unique and detailed framework to assess how universities are taking action to tackle the world’s most pressing global challenges.

The University has performed strongly across a number of measures, including being ranked 26th for governance, 53rd for health and wellbeing, and 65th for social impact.

Dr Drew MacFarlane, QS Rankings Manager, said: “QS wants to support the higher education sector in its journey towards a more sustainable education for all and to encourage best practices in transparency, impactful research, equality, and climate mitigation.

The QS Sustainability Ranking looks at performance across Environmental, Social and Governance categories, with a particular focus on the outward impact an institution is making, in the hope of sparking ideas, action, and engagement. It is a tool we offer to the sector to help drive positive initiative, and we are thankful to our higher education partners who have joined our efforts.”

Professor Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor for International Engagement, said: “I am delighted that Swansea University is ranked in the top 80 universities worldwide for sustainability. We are committed to being a university which has a real impact on the world around us, making a difference to environmental sustainability through our education, our research and how we operate as an organisation.

“This QS ranking is an excellent result, and it is hugely rewarding to see the contributions made by our colleagues and students towards meeting the ambitions of our Sustainability and Climate Emergency Strategy recognised on the global stage.”

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