Sustainable Development Goals

Helping tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals.



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 and we’re playing a leading role in tackling them.

Leading the world on sustainable development

Our commitment to achieving the UN SDGs is unmatched. We’re the only university in the world to rank in the top ten for social and environmental impact in every year of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. 

We are number one in the UK and Europe, and number two in the world for social and environmental impact (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024). 

Download our 2021/22 SDG report to see how we’re tackling the SDGs.

Our approach to the SDGs

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 in four ways – through our research, learning and students, public engagement activities and responsible campus operations.

Through our research

Through our teaching

We’re committed to empowering students with the knowledge, skills and opportunities to understand and address all of the SDGs. We do this through:

Through our public engagement

Through our campus operations

  • As one of our region’s largest anchor institutions we’re addressing the SDGs through our campus operations, policies and processes. We’re a living wage accredited employer, a top ranking institution for LGBT-inclusivity, hold quality marks for gender, disability and racial equality, enact responsible methods of procurement and investment and have made a commitment to zero carbon in-line with Manchester’s 2038 goal.

To see how we’re addressing the SDGs by each individual goal, click on its icon in the grid below.

Explore our SDGs

See how we’re addressing the SDGs by each individual goal.

You can click on the icons in the grid below, or search and filter our work on the SDGs by keywords, using our search and filter tool.