We take our sustainability responsibilities extremely seriously and have achieved high recognition as a result.

Sustainability Awards 

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The Times Higher Education Impact League

  • Inaugural participant.
  • Top 5 UK universities for Quality Education
  • The University has been ranked in the top 5 in the UK for Gender Equality in all years of the rankings.
  • Joint 9th in UK for Zero Hunger

The 2022 Impact Rankings is the fourth edition and the overall ranking includes  1,406 universities from 106 countries/regions. There were 53 UK universities included. Not every university is included in every individual SDG.

Green Gowns

Finalist in the Benefitting Society category for -Sustainable Young Minds a project working with primary school and a housing association to increase community recycling. 


Winner Green Gown 2020
Reporting with Influence for our 2018-2019 Annual Sustainability Report

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International Green Gown Highly Commended

We are Highly Commended in the International Green Gown Awards 2020, for Sustainability Institution of the Year.  The ceremony took place in New York, USA, as part of the United Nations High Level Political Forum. 

Sustainability Institution of the Year 2019 - Green Gown Winner

We have won the Green Gown Award 2019, Sustainability Institution of the Year.  We were also highly commended for the Art House in the Campus of the Future category.

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The Green Gown Awards, run by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) recognise ‘exceptional sustainability initiatives’ in universities and colleges across the UK.

Sustainability Ranking

People & Planet University League

We have been ranked 5th out of 154 in the UK’s greenest universities in the 2021 People & Planet University League.

Sustainability achievements platinum for University of Worcester

EcoCampus Platinum

  • We were the first English University to achieve EcoCampus Platinum status in June 2010.
  • We were also the second English University to gain ISO14001:2015 for all our campuses. 
Energy Management Award

Energy Management System 

  • The University has been accredited with the ISO 50001:2018 Energy Management System covering all activities, products and services across the entire institution.

  • The EnMS scope includes the University’s two major fuels type of natural gas and electricity.  The accreditation is valid until September 2023.

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Responsible Futures Accreditation

We achieved Responsible Futures accreditation from the NUS, in its inaugural year helping to develop the accreditation as one of the pilot institutions.

This accreditation is for our whole institution approach, working jointly with Worcester Students’ Union, to social responsibility and sustainability. 

We have been reaccredited twice, every two years, each time increasing our scores. Our next review will take place in the July 2022.

Other awards

  • 2020 University of Worcester, won a Bronze CSR Excellence Award in the national campaign to find the best companies, councils and communities
  • International Green Apple Award winners for two projects: Gold for Woo Bikes and Silver for Benchmarking Universities.
  • Short listed for The Green Organisation International CSR Excellence Awards for the project: How sustainable are Universities? A simple tool to measure their teaching and research.
  • A Higher Education Academy Green Academy first cohort participant
  • Accredited with Fairtrade status since 2008


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Accredited with Fairtrade status since 2008

Get in touch

Katy Boom
Director of Sustainability
Email: k.boom@worc.ac.uk