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People & Planet publish new green university rankings

University of Plymouth

1st

1

83

University of Worcester

1st

2

76.7

Nottingham Trent University

1st

3

72.6

Manchester Metropolitan University

1st

4

71.5

City University London

1st

5

70.3

University of Gloucestershire

1st

6

69.6

Bournemouth University

1st

7

69.1

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

1st

8

68.8

Edinburgh Napier University

1st

9

68.3

Glasgow Caledonian University

1st

10

67.8

De Montfort University

1st

11

67.7

Aston University

1st

12=

67.5

Newcastle University

1st

12=

67.5

University of Bedfordshire

1st

14

67.1

Sheffield Hallam University

1st

15

66.8

University of Greenwich

1st

16

66.5

London South Bank University

1st

17

66

University of Chichester

1st

18

65.6

Cardiff Metropolitan University

1st

19

65.5

University of Salford

1st

20

65.1

University of Brighton

1st

21=

65

Swansea University

1st

21=

65

University of Bradford

1st

23

64.9

Middlesex University

1st

24

62.9

Coventry University

1st

25

62.6

London School of Economics And Political Science

1st

26

62.2

University of Central Lancashire

1st

27

62.1

Bath Spa University

1st

28

61.1

University College London

1st

29

60.9

University of Leeds

1st

30

60.3

Anglia Ruskin University

2:1

31

59.8

Glasgow School of Art

2:1

32

59.4

University of Chester

2:1

33

58.8

University of East Anglia

2:1

34

58.3

University of Portsmouth

2:1

35

57.6

University of Exeter

2:1

36

56.9

Harper Adams University

2:1

37

56

Royal Agricultural University

2:1

38

55.9

Birmingham City University

2:1

39

55

Northumbria University

2:1

40

54

University of Surrey

2:1

41

53.4

University of Nottingham

2:1

42

53.1

University of Sussex

2:1

43

51.7

University of Edinburgh

2:1

44

51.6

Leeds Metropolitan University

2:1

45

51.4

Cardiff University

2:1

46

51.2

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

2:1

47

50.6

Keele University

2:1

48

50.4

SOAS, University of London

2:1

49=

49.6

University of Aberdeen

2:1

49=

49.6

King's College London

2:1

51

49.5

Edge Hill University

2:1

52

49.1

Birkbeck, University of London

2:1

53

48.8

University of Northampton

2:1

54

48.4

Bangor University

2:1

55

48.1

University of Bristol

2:1

56

48

University of Reading

2:1

57=

47.6

University of Hertfordshire

2:1

57=

47.6

Heriot-Watt University

2:1

59

47.2

University of Derby

2:1

60

46.5

University of The Arts, London

2:1

61

46.3

New universities dominate the top positions in a new league table that ranks institutions according to their green credentials.

The universities of Plymouth, Worcester, and Nottingham Trent occupy the first three positions in this year's rankings from the student national campaign group People & Planet.

A total of 20 new universities out of 30 institutions have been awarded "First class honours" in the table that awards points for a range of green measures including environmental policy and the number of staff supporting it, ethical investments, carbon management, energy use, recycling, and upholding workers' rights.

Newcastle is the top ranking Russell Group university, in 13th place, followed by Leeds in 30th position, Exeter ranked 36th and Nottingham in 42nd place.

The rankings also award 23 institutions with a "Fail" for their relatively poor scores across the table's 13 measures.

Commenting on the University of Worcester's move up into 2nd place from 4th last year, Professor David Green, the University's Vice-Chancellor, said:

“The University’s students and staff have worked hard to promote energy efficiency, recycling, cut car journeys, shop locally, reduce carbon emissions and support Fair Trade.

“We combine practical initiatives, such as using solar power to heat hot water, together with a growing programme of courses in such important areas as river management.”

According to The Guardian, 69 institutions refused to provide data for this year's rankings.

 

 

 

 

PEOPLE & PLANET UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2015

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