Tackling the World’s Most Pressing Challenges

Our vision for UWS is to be among the global leaders of excellent, relevant and purposeful research aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. UWS has committed to placing the SDGs at the heart of our Strategy 2025. Set by the United Nations General Assembly, the Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all" by the year 2030.

UWS & United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

In the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022, UWS was the most impactful university in Scotland for ‘decent work and economic growth’ (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8), and 23rd most impactful university in the world for ‘reducing inequalities’ (UN Sustainable Development Goal 10) . This demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and, building on our existing research and education strengths, transforming our world and improving lives. To find out how UWS is responding to this urgent call for action through research, click on the individual sustainable development goals icons, below.