Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings

The University will submit data and evidence to the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings this year and colleagues are encouraged to engage with the process.

The exterior of the Great Hall. July 2020.

The rankings are a global performance benchmark which measure the contribution a university makes towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

They were launched in 2018 and now over 1,400 universities take part annually, representing 106 different countries. The ranking considers our contribution towards each of the 17 SDGs across research, teaching, operations, and outreach, providing a holistic view of our sustainability impact.  

Whilst largely based on the submission and scoring of publicly available evidence submitted via an online portal, THE also carry out a search of research papers and score impact against each SDG.  

Submission of data and evidence constitutes a significant amount of work to review, collate and refine publicly available evidence to accurately reflect University activity.  

This work gets underway in September, with all data and information needing to be submitted by early November. 

Ann Allen (Director of Campus Innovation & Development) said: “We know that so much work is underway across the University and I want to make sure that we are able to recognise all of it in our submission. Sustainability Service will be working with Nifty Sustainability to collate and submit the evidence and I encourage colleagues from across the University to engage with them to make sure we can give a true reflection of the sustainability impact we are having across all the SDGs whether through research, teaching, delivery of services or managing our estate.” 

In 2021 we scored 94.7%, placing 16th globally and 4th in the UK, out of 1154 educational institutions worldwide.  

Of our performance against all 17 SDG’s, we were ranked 1st in the UK for SDG 1 No Poverty, SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation and SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals.  

Thom Cooper, Acting Head of Sustainability, said “Participating in these rankings provides us with an opportunity to benchmark with our peers and provide a measure of our progress and of course identify areas of focus for improvement.  

“I am looking forward to what I hope will be a positive reflection of how seriously we take our responsibility to sustainability at Leeds, and the incredible commitment to this that we see every day across our University community.”  

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