Published on 12/06/2024
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Aston University, Birmingham
  • THE Impact World Rankings measure universities’ contributions to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Aston University has been ranked joint 24th in the world and 13th in the UK of ranked institutions for Reduced Inequalities
  • It has also been placed in the top 20% of global universities and joint 19th of ranked institutions in the UK for Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Aston University has been ranked for the first time ever in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Impact World Rankings, being ranked overall 301-400 in the world (out of 1,963 ranked institutions).  

THE’s Impact World Rankings measure universities’ contributions to the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and assesses their commitment to sustainability across the four broad areas of research, stewardship, outreach and teaching. 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015, are a call to action to end poverty and inequality, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy health, justice and prosperity. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out 17 Goals, which offer a comprehensive vision for sustainable development.

The University has been ranked joint 24th in the world and 13th in the UK of ranked institutions for SDG goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities). 

It has also been placed in the top 20% of global universities and joint 19th of ranked institutions in the UK for SDG goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).

Professor Aleks Subic, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University, said:

“The Aston 2030 Strategy is dedicated to driving socio-economic impact and fostering inclusive growth. Our strategic plans and developments underscore our strong commitment to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through research, teaching, outreach and stewardship. Aston has achieved a significant milestone by being ranked in the THE Impact World Rankings for the first time.

“This success attests to the dedication, innovation and unwavering commitment of our entire University community and highlights our relentless efforts to integrate sustainability and inclusion into every aspect of our operations, creating a lasting positive impact on society and the environment.

“It is a clear validation of our strategic vision and the hard work of our staff, students and partners, who continually strive to push the boundaries of knowledge and practice for the benefit of the societies we serve. Together, we are not only setting a benchmark for academic excellence, but also making a major contribution to a more sustainable and equitable future for all.”
 

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.

Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.

Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming The Guardian University of the Year in 2020.

Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.

For media inquiries in relation to this release, contact Sam Cook, Press and Communications Manager, on (+44) 7446 910063 or email: s.cook2@aston.ac.uk

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