The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are our world’s call to action on the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing humanity and the natural world.

As one of the world’s leading research institutions and the UK’s only university to have social responsibility as a core goal, The University of Manchester is playing a leading role in tackling the SDGs.

The quality and scale of our impact against the SDGs means that The Univeristy of Manchester was named the world’s number one university in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings in April 2021.

  • Research: We’re providing the evidence-base, knowledge, solutions, innovations, technologies and pathways to support the implementation of the SDGs. We’ve contributed 232,484 research publications across all 17 SDGs over the past decade – representing 4% of the UK’s research on the goals. Our five research beacons – advanced materials, cancer, energy, global inequalities and industrial biotechnology are examples of our pioneering work tackling the planet’s biggest challenges.
  • Public engagement: We hold a prestigious gold watermark for public engagement and aim to involve and inspire local and global communities with the SDGs. For example,we engage and involve more than 1.3 million members of the public each year with issues pertinent to the SDGs through our cultural institutions, which focus on challenges including science, democracy, poverty, health and well-being, sustainable cities and gender equality.

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Read this summary of how the University of Manchester is is supporting the SDGs.