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The only league table of UK universities focussing on sustainability and transparency. The People & Planet University League has driven massive improvements in environmental management and monitoring in its 12 year lifetime. Students want and expect their universities to be taking responsibility for a sustainable future and keeping warming below 2°C.

PRESS RELEASE: Cardiff Metropolitan University Tops Ranking of 153 UK Universities by Sustainability & Ethics Criteria

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The 2022/23 People & Planet University League, which ranks 153 UK universities against sustainability and ethics criteria, shows the majority of the UK higher education sector has failed to reach its carbon reduction target. According to the most recent estates management record (EMR) from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), 59% of universities did not meet the sector-wide target of reducing carbon emissions directly controlled by the university by 43% between 2005/6 and 2020/21.

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Durham University receive third class grade in People & Planet’s University league, with 0% in ‘Ethical Investment’

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On Tuesday 16th July People & Planet released its 2019 University League, ranking universities by environmental and ethical performance, in which Durham University received a third class grade. Durham ranked 96th in the table, the 4th lowest ranking of a Russell Group university. In the breakdown of the ranking Durham scored 0% on both ‘Environmental Auditing & Management Systems’ and ‘Ethical Investment’.

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I feel betrayed by University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

This year’s People and Planet University League, published yesterday, scores higher education institutions based on their ethics and sustainability, covering education, energy sources, investment, employment and waste. This provides data for the institutions to improve from, and information to empower campaigners calling for change. It shows the University of Edinburgh doing well, despite continued investment in fossil fuels. Other Scottish universities lag behind, letting down both people and planet. Almost a quarter have been given ‘fail’ grades.

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University League shows 1st class Bristol must go further

Bristol students protest Barclays

Every year, People & Planet’s University League ranks the environmental and ethical performance of UK universities. This year, we are proud to say that Bristol has earned a first class rank and placed 11th out of 154 institutions, which is fantastic news. We want to take a moment to celebrate the hard work of our Bristol campaigners this year, but with a mind towards the future and what still needs to change.

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A Shitlist of Universities


The People & Planet University League Table has just been released for 2018/19! This year’s table is particularly interesting as we are now more aware than ever that we stand at the crossroads of a climate catastrophe if we don’t take action, and the spotlight is on universities. What are universities doing to tackle the climate crisis? Which universities are still complicit in the destruction of the planet and the world’s most vulnerable communities? All is revealed in the People & Planet University League!

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Here's how this University jumped 61 league table places...

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University of Kent student, Emily Rollerson, on how her university jumped from Third Class to a 2:1 in People & Planet’s 2019 University League.

People and Planet has opened my eyes to the ways in which universities are complicit in human rights abuses and environmental destruction. So finding out that the University of Kent’s electronics supply chains were not being monitored for workers rights abuses felt like a huge betrayal to me.

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14 Nov 2017

10 years of the People & Planet University League

Campuses have come a long way in the 10 years of the student-led People & Planet rankings – but there are surprising fails.

Any ranking that puts Oxford and Cambridge near the bottom is bound to be controversial, and we faced a barrage of criticism over our first “green” university league table. A decade on, the ranking has stood the test of time, has expanded to include social justice and workers rights. It's credited with transforming sustainability on campus.

Manchester University is lagging behind on Sustainability

As People & Planet’s annual University League is published, the University of Manchester has ranked in the middle of the road in 71st place. This is yet more evidence that the University is lagging behind on sustainability and ignoring its students’ demands for action for the environment.

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What it’s Like to Study at a 1st Award Class University

Determining the environmental impact of your degree course can be tough – between greenwashing, behind-the-scenes investments and dodgy supply chains, it can be really hard to know how Green your University really is. That’s why I find the People & Planet University League Table so informative – they ask the big questions, and crunch the big data, then rank Universities accordingly on several different criteria including Environmental Policy, Waste & Recycling, Education and Ethical investment.

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