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The latest criteria for the 2019 league table will be published by 13 September 2018 on these pages. [We apologise for the short delay which is a result of staff illness]. 

To compile the 2017 University League, information will be taken from the following places:

  • 50% from information made public on the university website

  • 50% from information published within the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Estates Management Record (EMR) and other independent and external verification agencies.

Guidance on what we’ll be looking for can be found on the following methodology pages - we’ll be looking in the usual places on the university website, where any member of the university community or interested member of the public might look online to find up to date sustainability information.

Section Worth Details
Environmental Policy 4%  
Human Resources 8%  
Environmental Audits & EMS 10% [majority of universities scored from EMR data return]
Ethical Investment 7%  
Carbon Management 7%  
Workers Rights 6%  
Sustainable Food 4%  
Staff & Student Engagement 5%  
Education 10%  
Energy Sources 8% [all universities scored from EMR data return]
Waste and Recycling 8% [all universities scored from EMR data return]
Carbon Reduction 15% [all universities scored from EMR data return]
Water Reduction 8% [all universities scored from EMR data return]

We offer a period for appeals so that your university can review the provisional score and check for human error.

Top 10 FAQ’s for 2018/19

1) Q: What are the weightings?

A: The weightings are the amount of % that the section is worth within the full methodology. Weightings are described above in the pie chart and also next to each section heading: it says “worth X %”

2) Q: What is the latest timeline?

A: People & Planet will begin assessing universities in November 2018. There will be opportunities to review scores and make appeals in December 2018, January 2019 and February 2019. We’ll publish the final league in Spring 2019.

3) Q: Is there a survey to fill in?

Or Q: We will receive an FOI?

A: Nope.

A: Nope.

4) Q: How can People & Planet assess us without a survey though?

A: By looking at information universities have made public on their websites.

5) Q: Where is the methodology / criteria for the Estates Management Record (EMR) part of the university league?

A: Sections 10 to 13 are taken purely from the EMR dataset. We have also taken additional data from the EMR to fulfill aspects of section 3 and 5 - this development came from a sector call to use more of the Estates Management Record to satisfy our data collection.

6) Q: which data set from the HESA EMR will you use?

A: We will always use the latest Estates Management Data data that HESA has published. 

7) Q: how will the university league interact with the AUDE green scorecard?

A: In short, we still don't know what AUDE's plans our for this. We haven’t yet seen a published version of the green scorecard, however, as AUDE/EAUC agreed in 2015 by open letter to work with us on this, we think it would be sensible to integrate this data into the university league , so we haven't yet closed the door on this offer....

8) Q: I feel like I’m not receiving the latest info

A: If you are not registered as one of our key contacts for university staff....

Please can we have your: - Name - Email - University name - Job title - Phone number Send these details to: universityleague@peopleandplanet.org

9) Q: I need extra support with the type of information that you will be assessing. Can you get in touch with me to answer some questions and provide support?

A: In the past People & Planet was able to work much more closely with university staff; in consultation, attending meetings, workshops and events, and also to support uni’s with queries and understanding of the criteria. The campaign to undermine the university league in 2014 caused us to expend our already very small resource in an attempt to work with organisations far larger and richer than us. We were therefore forced to reduce our capacity spend on the much increased demand for university staff support and communications. However, we offer consultancy, by way of workshops/trainings and support by phone as well as attending university staff meetings/sustainability boards etc, and we are able to offer this to universities for university league support.


Support packages for the People & Planet University League are available - read more here


If you are interested in ordering one of the packages, please contact:

consultancy@peopleandplanet.org or universityleague@peopleandplanet.org

10) Q: You mentioned an audit - what does this mean?

A: We have an audit process for very specific parts of the criteria - areas where we feel the information might be better assessed with an additional audit. If all universities make public their sustainability information then it may mean we do not require any additional auditing. If we do issue small one-of f audits, these may come in the form of single question Freedom of Information request which will go direct to your FOI offices (rather than through sustainability team surveys) and will be issued in accordance to the FOI Act legislation. You don’t need to do anything for this unless your FOI office contacts you to help them source information to answer the request.