With the future of our planet increasingly uncertain and issues such as microplastics, air pollution and renewable energy dominating the news, many of our student partners, staff, and alumni want to ‘make a difference’ during their time at Swansea University and beyond. One of way of doing this is to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Many projects carried out by staff and students across the university are actively contributing to the success of the goals. Find out more about how we are helping by clicking on the links below each goal.

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings latest rankings 

The prestigious international table assessed more than 1,400 universities internationally across the breadth of university activity from research stewardship, teaching, sustainability metrics, policies, outreach and partnership work and aims to capture universities’ impact on society. This the second year that Swansea has been assessed and the University has done extremely well, ranking in the top 200 overall (101-200th) and within the top 50 for four Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) showing our commitment to a sustainable future.

The university was assessed against 11 of the 17 SDGs and achieved the following outcomes:

  • Overall World Rank 101- 200th

    SDG 3: Good Health and Well- being : 38th
    SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation : 47th
    SDG7: Affordable and Clean Energy : 201- 300th
    SDG8: Decent Work and Economic Growth: 101- 200th
    SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure : 201-300th
    SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities: 58th
    SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production: 58th
    SDG13: Climate Action: 57th
    SDG 15: Life on Land: 26th
    SDG 16: Peace and Strong Institutions: 11th
    SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals: 201 – 300th

Creating a healthier and more sustainable society, locally and globally, is at the heart of Swansea University’s purpose and the results reflect the hard work across all areas of the University.


Swansea University Sustainable Development Goals Report


Swansea University Sustainable Development Goals Report