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Sustainable Development Goals

We have been ranked as one of the top institutions in the world for our commitment to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 17 SDGs are a shared blueprint adopted by member states in 2015 to tackle key global challenges including environmental degradation and climate change, gender and economic inequalities and poverty and ill health.

The 2023 THE Impact Rankings table ranks Cardiff University 52nd out of 1,591 institutions worldwide – a significant increase on our 2022 ranking when we placed in the 101-200 band out of 1,410 institutions.

This year we are ranked in the top 50 for four SDGs:

  • 6th for Life Below Water
  • 11th for Life on Land
  • 24th for Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 31st for Good Health and Wellbeing

We are ranked 1st among higher education institutions in the UK for Good Health and Wellbeing and Life Below Water.

See the full results from The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

Our activities

Our commitment to the SDGs is shown in our activities across all areas of the university. Find out more about some of our work supporting the SDGs.


Embedding sustainability in the physiotherapy curriculum

Final year physiotherapy students are exploring the link between planetary health and public health.

UG courses

Addressing sustainability issues through user-centred design

Exploring computing solutions to a range of sustainability issues.

Prison-based interventions for Muslim offenders

Designing and trialling three connected courses to help prisoners build successful lives from their faith choices in prison.

A sustainable future for industrial heritage sites

Engaging with local communities to design a sustainable future for former industrial sites.

Read our summary reports to find out more about our work towards the SDGs:

Sustainable Development Goals Summary Report 2022

A report on our work towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2022.

UN Sustainable Development Goals Summary Report 2021

A report on our work towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Our team

Our Environmental Sustainability team take the lead in submitting evidence to show how we meet each of the SDGs.

Dr Julie Gwilliam

Dr Julie Gwilliam

Dean of Postgraduate Studies College of Physical Sciences & Engineering

+44 (0)29 2087 5977

Dr Katrina Henderson

Environmental Safety Adviser