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Which UK university is the most sustainable?


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If you've applied for university then you're probably pretty familiar with the concept of a league table.

Whilst most league tables rank universities on academic standard, graduate employment and student satisfaction, a 2016 list compiled by People and Planet, Britain´s largest student campaigning organisation, ranks UK institutions by their sustainability. The universities are assigned a score based on factors such as environmental policies, worker's rights and sustainable food. 

So how does your university rank?

Nottingham Trent tops the charts with a sustainability score of 76.2%.

Following on from that Brighton and Manchester Met also make the top three, with 74.8% and 73.8% respectively.

Edinburgh Napier is Scotland's highest ranking university in 22nd place, and is followed closely by Glasgow Caledonian at 28th. Meanwhile Northern Ireland doesn't appear until much further down the list, with the University of Ulster only coming in at 55th place with 42.8%.

Out of the top ten most sustainable universities only one Russell Group institution makes an appearance, with Newcastle taking the 8th spot - unusual for the institutions which usually dominate standard league tables. 

At the bottom of the table, Trinity Laban Conservatoire is ranked the least sustainable UK university.

Sustainability is becoming increasing important to students within the UK, with some universities opting to diverse from fossil fuels, so lists like this will provide more information to prospective students.

See which UK University was ranked lowest for LGBTQ friendliness here.

Image by John Sutton.

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