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University of Reading ranks highly on Global Impact Rankings

Action and research on environmental sustainability has helped the University of Reading to improve its position in the Times Higher Education (THE) Global Impact Rankings 2023.

Reading is ranked at 61 equal in the world, out of 1625 participating institutions worldwide – an improvement on Reading’s position of 101-200 in 2022. The position puts Reading as the 15th highest ranked among UK institutions, from the 57 that submitted themselves for inclusion. Reading was the second-highest performing university in the world – and the best in the UK and Europe – for its contribution to supporting responsible production and consumption. THE Global Impact Rankings highlight the contribution of universities worldwide in supporting the United Nations sustainable development goals, a set of 17 targets set by the UN to bring about long-term prosperity for all.

‘Greenest University in the World’

Professor Robert Van de Noort, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, said: “As a university, we are addressing global challenges at every level, from work on our own campuses to supporting international efforts to make our world more peaceful, protected, and prosperous. I am grateful to our whole university community, whose hard work and collaboration with others is helping to bring about improvement to the lives of people here in Reading and around the world. I am particularly proud that this latest ranking recognises our particular efforts around environmental sustainability, a core part of the University of Reading mission. Our research, education and action on climate change, using resources responsibly and supporting the natural world have been ranked among the best globally. We want to be one of the greenest universities in the world, and this achievement shows how the world is increasingly agreeing with us.”

Paul Britton, Chief Executive of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, commented: “The results of the rankings demonstrates that the University of Reading stands as a beacon of innovation, harnessing the region’s talent to ensure a profound global impact that reaches beyond its borders.”

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