- We achieved the biggest proportional carbon reduction of any research-intensive in the UK from 2008 to 2020, and our sustainability efforts took another major step forward in 2021.
- Campaign work at the University has encouraged people and organisations, including ourselves, to use changes forced during the pandemic as the basis for long-term behavioural changes to reduce carbon emissions.
- Thousands more environmentally friendly, plant-based recipes have been added to our campus menus as part of our commitment as the first European university to join the Menus of Change Universities Research Collaborative.
Education for Sustainable Development
All University of Reading students have the opportunity to develop an informed understanding of the environmental and wider sustainability challenges the world faces.
In addition to key modules embedded in programmes on climate change and sustainability, we offer an optional module*, Science of Climate Change, aimed at all students, not just those studying the sciences. Students can learn directly from our worldwide experts about why the climate is changing, how we can avoid the most devastating consequences, and what we can do to adapt as the planet warms.
Preparing for the future
That's just the start: we're working to embed curricular opportunities for all students, regardless of subject, to engage with transformative change to enable lifelong critical thinking and reflection on the environmental, social and economic challenges they will face, both within their programme and beyond.
A Reading graduate will have an appreciation of multiple perspectives and diversity to make well-informed, ethical decisions and to integrate social and civic responsibility. This includes the ability to collaborate effectively and adapt to different work or study contexts. We will support all our students to explore global citizenship within the context of their discipline and their future professional and personal lives.
We are driven to ensure that our students are empowered to positively contribute to finding sustainable solutions in their lives, professions and communities.
*The opportunity to enrol on this optional module will be subject to programme and timetabling constraints. Please contact us for more information.