Environmental sustainability

Our research, teaching, and activities are guided by our commitment to environmental sustainability.

The University’s Environmental Sustainability strategy can be found on our website.

Supporting staff and students

Student working in garden

We want to support everyone at the University – teachers, researchers, professional support staff, and students – to have a positive impact on the environment and to create a more sustainable future.

Environmental sustainability runs through the work we do within Humanities, including our research, teaching, procurement, IT, waste and recycling, and energy use.

Both the Manchester Urban Institute and the Sustainable Consumption Institute are examples of how Humanities research and engagement around sustainability can make a difference. 

The Faculty is also heavily represented in our Sustainable Futures research platform.

Courses on environmental sustainability

There are over 100 taught courses on environmental sustainability and many of our students can access these, either through their own degree study or via the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning (UCIL).

UCIL offers several environmental sustainability units including their flagship online unit 'Creating a Sustainable World: 21st Century Challenges and the Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs) giving students the opportunity to explore the UN's SDGs in depth.

All undergraduate students are also confronted with environmental sustainability in the Sustainability Challenge which forms part of the Ethical Grand Challenges programme.

This interactive online activity gets students to think critically about sustainability in a real-world context and empowers them to take action on issues that matter most to them.