Best UK universities on environmental issues

Nottingham Trent University flies high in Green Rankings, but overall picture for British universities looks gloomy
November 23 2016

The People & Planet University League, published since 2007, ranks 150 UK universities on the basis of their green credentials, measuring both commitment and performance.

Topping the list (for the third time) is Nottingham Trent University, closely followed by the University of Brighton and Manchester Metropolitan University.

The reasons for Nottingham Trent’s commitment to carbon reduction go beyond the environment, with NTU’s environmental manager Grant Anderson stating that: “We think it will give our students an edge in their careers to have considered some of the environmental challenges they will face in their lifetime.”

Despite these spirited individual performances, as a whole the commitment of British institutions towards the environment looks shaky compared to previous years.

The study noted that less than a quarter of UK universities are on course to meet carbon reduction targets in the next four years, down from over 40 per cent in previous rankings. This is despite the fact that 42 institutions are already committed to divesting fossil fuel companies from future endowments.

People & Planet outlined the reason for these struggles as a reduced amount of government support and incentivisation, noting a decrease in the number of dedicated environmental staff at universities, as well as a reduction in government environmental initiatives since 2010.

People & Planet University League: UK universities ranked on environmental credentials

Rank

University

Environmental Class

Total Score (%)

1

Nottingham Trent University

1st

76.2

2

University of Brighton

1st

74.8

3

Manchester Metropolitan University

1st

73.8

4

Cardiff Metropolitan University

1st

73

5

University of Worcester

1st

72.8

6

Aston University

1st

71.4

7

City, University of London

1st

70.6

8=

Newcastle University

1st

68.2

8=

University of Gloucestershire

1st

68.2

10

Swansea University

1st

64.8

11

University of Bedfordshire

1st

64.7

12

Plymouth University

1st

64.3

13

De Montfort University

1st

64

14

London School of Economics and Political Science

1st

63.5

15

Keele University

1st

62.6

16=

University of Exeter

1st

62.1

16=

Royal Agricultural University

1st

62.1

18

University of Greenwich

1st

60.9

19

University of Bradford

1st

60.6

20

Bournemouth University

1st

60.1

21

Coventry University

1st

59.5

22

Edinburgh Napier University

1st

59.3

23

University of Leeds

1st

57.4

24

University of Bristol

1st

56.9

25

Soas, University of London

1st

56.4

26

University of the West of England

1st

55.8

27

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

1st

54.9

28

Glasgow Caledonian University

1st

54.6

29

University College London

1st

54

30

University of Leicester

1st

53.2

 

 

 

 

31

Birmingham City University

2:1

52.2

32

Sheffield Hallam University

2:1

51.9

33

University of Reading

2:1

51.6

34=

University of Edinburgh

2:1

50.8

34=

University of Warwick

2:1

50.8

36

University of the Arts London

2:1

50.7

37

Canterbury Christ Church University

2:1

50.1

38=

Cardiff University

2:1

49.2

38=

Bangor University

2:1

49.2

40

Anglia Ruskin University

2:1

48.3

41

University of Chester

2:1

46.7

42

Northumbria University

2:1

46.5

43

University of Lincoln

2:1

46.3

44

University of Central Lancashire

2:1

46.1

45

University of Surrey

2:1

46

46=

Leeds Beckett University

2:1

45.9

46=

University of Oxford

2:1

45.9

48

University of East Anglia

2:1

45.6

49

University of Westminster

2:1

44.6

50=

Royal College of Music

2:1

44

50=

Loughborough University

2:1

44

52

Lancaster University

2:1

43.7

53

Edge Hill University

2:1

43.5

54

University of Birmingham

2:1

43.4

55

Ulster University

2:1

42.8

56

University of Salford

2:1

42.5

57=

Queen’s University Belfast

2:1

42.3

57=

University of Cambridge

2:1

42.3

59

University of Derby

2:1

41.6

60

Oxford Brookes University

2:1

41.5

61

King’s College London

2:1

41.1

62

University of St Andrews

2:1

41

63

University of Portsmouth

2:1

40.7

64

University of Stirling

2:1

40.1

65

London South Bank University

2:1

39.9

66

University of Sheffield

2:1

39.8

 

 

 

 

67

Durham University

2:2

39.2

68=

Liverpool John Moores University

2:2

39

68=

Kingston University

2:2

39

70=

Queen Mary University of London

2:2

38.8

70=

University of Nottingham

2:2

38.8

72=

Southampton Solent University

2:2

38.7

72=

University of Winchester

2:2

38.7

74

Arts University Bournemouth

2:2

38.6

75

University of Chichester

2:2

38.5

76

University of Hertfordshire

2:2

38.4

77

London Metropolitan University

2:2

38

78

University of York

2:2

37.9

79

Middlesex University

2:2

37.7

80

York St John University

2:2

37.4

81

University of Sussex

2:2

37.3

82

Cranfield University

2:2

37

83

Birkbeck, University of London

2:2

36.7

84

University of Kent

2:2

36.6

85

Goldsmiths, University of London

2:2

36.5

86

University of the West of Scotland

2:2

36.3

87

University for the Creative Arts

2:2

35.5

88

University of Huddersfield

2:2

35.2

89

University of Wolverhampton

2:2

35

90

University of West London

2:2

34.9

91

Bath Spa University

2:2

34.8

92=

University of East London

2:2

34.5

92=

University of Southampton

2:2

34.5

94

Brunel University London

2:2

34.4

95

University of Northampton

2:2

34.3

96

Imperial College London

2:2

33.4

97

University of South Wales

2:2

33.3

98

University of Cumbria

2:2

33.1

99

Teesside University

2:2

33

100

Falmouth University

2:2

32.9

101

University of Essex

2:2

32.6

102

Buckinghamshire New University

2:2

32.5

 

 

 

 

103=

Glasgow School of Art

3rd

32

103=

Staffordshire University

3rd

32

105

Newman University

3rd

31.8

106

University of Bath

3rd

31.7

107

Harper Adams University

3rd

31.3

108

University of Aberdeen

3rd

31

109

University of Suffolk

3rd

29.1

110=

University of Manchester

3rd

28.4

110=

Aberystwyth University

3rd

28.4

112

University of Sunderland

3rd

28.3

113

University of Liverpool

3rd

28.2

114

Heriot-Watt University

3rd

27.9

115

The Institute of Cancer Research

3rd

27.5

116

Liverpool Hope University

3rd

27.4

117

Royal Academy of Music

3rd

26.7

118=

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

3rd

26.4

118=

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

3rd

26.4

120=

Leeds Trinity University

3rd

25.7

120=

University of Dundee

3rd

25.7

122

Roehampton University

3rd

25.2

123

Queen Margaret University

3rd

25

124

St George’s, University of London

3rd

24.9

125

Robert Gordon University

3rd

24.2

126=

St Mary’s University College Belfast

3rd

24

126=

Royal College of Art

3rd

24

128

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

3rd

23.9

129=

Royal Holloway, University of London

3rd

23.7

129=

University of Glasgow

3rd

23.7

131

University of Abertay Dundee

3rd

23.5

132

Glyndwr University

3rd

23.4

133

University of Hull

3rd

23

134=

University of Strathclyde

3rd

22.8

134=

Open University

3rd

22.8

 

 

 

 

136

Bishop Grosseteste University

Fail

20.7

137

Courtauld Institute of Art

Fail

20.4

138

Rose Bruford College

Fail

20.2

139

London Business School

Fail

20.1

140

Norwich University of the Arts

Fail

19.6

141

Heythrop College

Fail

19

142

Writtle College

Fail

18.3

143

University of St Mark and St John

Fail

17.8

144

St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Fail

14.3

145

Royal Northern College of Music

Fail

13

146

University College Birmingham

Fail

12.8

147

Stranmillis University College

Fail

10.4

148

University of Bolton

Fail

9.5

149

Royal Veterinary College

Fail

7.1

150

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Fail

6.8

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