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Sustainable UK University Rankings 2019

Oct 20, 2019, by Jemma

The world is in crisis. Greta Thunberg has become the face of climate-change activism, showcasing how young people can really make a difference to the planet. If you're looking for ways to do your bit, your university choice could be a great start.


There are a lot of university rankings out there, but do you know what they measure? And whatever they are measuring, is it important to you?

If attending a sustainable university is at the top of your wish list - you're in luck! People and Planet have done the hard work for you and created a league table of the most sustainable universities in the UK. These rankings are calculated on a number of factors covering everything from their environmental policy to how they manage their waste and recycling. In fact there are 13 categories that they assess to establish this list. 

The rankings below have been split into five sections;

  • You've got the top performers (those who got a first)
  • Next is the 'upper second' (2:1 class)
  • Then we have the 'lower second' (2:2 class)
  • Then the group who have just scrapped through (third class)
  • Finally, those universities who have 'failed'

Below you'll find the full list, tell us, where does your university rank? Are you happy with the result? Will this change your mind on your choice? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook! If you want to see more detail behind these rankings, be sure to visit the People and Planet website. You can dive into much more detail about how the university performs in each category. 


First Class Universities

1 University of Gloucestershire

2 Manchester Metropolitan University

3 Nottingham Trent University

4 Northumbria University

5= City, University of London

5= University of Worcester

7 Coventry University

8 University of Bedfordshire

9= Aston University

9= Swansea University

11 University of Bristol

12 Newcastle University

13 London School of Economics And Political Science

14 University of Greenwich

15= De Montfort University

15= Plymouth University

17 Canterbury Christ Church University

18 Keele University

19 University of The Arts, London

20 Bangor University

21 King's College London

22 University of Leeds

23 Glasgow Caledonian University

24 University of Bradford

25 University of Brighton

26= Bath Spa University

26= Bournemouth University

28 University of Reading

29 University of East Anglia

2:1 Class Universities

30 University of Wales Trinity Saint David

31 SOAS, University of London

32 University of Winchester

33 Birmingham City University

34 University of Leicester

35 Birkbeck, University of London

36 University of Exeter

37 ! University College London

38 University of Edinburgh

39 University of The West of England, Bristol

40 University of Kent

41 London Metropolitan University

42 University of Central Lancashire

43 Anglia Ruskin University

44 University of Essex

45 University of Oxford

46 Cardiff University

47= Glyndwr University

47= University of Hull

49 University of West London

50 Sheffield Hallam University

51 University of Sussex

52= London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

52= Southampton Solent University

54 Teesside University

55 Edinburgh Napier University

56 University of Derby

57 University of Ulster

58 Loughborough University

59 University of Manchester

60 University of Warwick

2:2 Class Universities

61 Leeds Beckett University

62 University of Chester

63 University of Westminster

64 University of Salford

65 London South Bank University

66 University of Sheffield

67 University of Cambridge

68 Cardiff Metropolitan University

69 Royal Agricultural University

70 University of Bath

71 Liverpool John Moores University

72 Oxford Brookes University

73 University of St Andrews

74 Middlesex University

75 University of Nottingham

76 Newman University

77 Guildhall School of Music and Drama

78 Royal College of Music, London

79 University of York

80 University of Lincoln

81 Buckinghamshire New University

82 University for the Creative Arts

83 Queen Mary University of London

84 Aberystwyth University

85= Staffordshire University

85= University of Chichester

85= University of Glasgow

88 Arts University Bournemouth

89 University of Birmingham

90 Cranfield University

91 Lancaster University

92 Edge Hill University

93 Kingston University

94 University of Southampton

95 University of Hertfordshire

Third Class Universities

96 Durham University

97 University of Stirling

98 Bishop Grosseteste University

99 University of Liverpool

100 University of Sunderland

101 Goldsmiths, University of London

102 University of Northampton

103 Queens University of Belfast

104 University of Suffolk

105= Heriot-Watt University

105= University of East London

107 University of Portsmouth

108 Falmouth University

109 University of Huddersfield

110 Ravensbourne University London

111 University of Cumbria

112 Brunel University London

113 University of Surrey

114= The Robert Gordon University

114= University of The West of Scotland

116 University of Abertay Dundee

117 University of Aberdeen

118= Royal Northern College of Music

118= University of Strathclyde

120= Courtauld Institute of Art

120= Liverpool Hope University

120= Royal Holloway, University of London

123 University of Wolverhampton

Failed Universities

124 York St John University

125 University of South Wales

126 Leeds Arts University

127 The Open University

128= Queen Margaret University

128= The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

130 Imperial College London

131 Writtle University College

132 Roehampton University

133 Harper Adams University

134 University of Dundee

135 University College Birmingham

136 St George's, University of London

137 Norwich University of the Arts

138= St. Mary's University College Belfast

138= The Institute of Cancer Research

140= London Business School

140= Royal College of Art

140= St Mary's University, Twickenham

143 Liverpool School Of Tropical Medicine

144 University of St Mark and St John

145 Stranmillis University College

146 The University College of Osteopathy

147 Glasgow School of Art

148 Royal Academy of Music

149 University of Bolton

150 Leeds Trinity University

151 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music And Dance

152 Royal Veterinary College

153 University of the Highlands and Islands

154 Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance


So where does your university feature in this list? Are you happy with the result? Will this change your mind on your choice? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!