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We continue to prepare our students for leadership and citizenship in a global society, committed to sustainability and social responsibility.

Our educational programmes are increasingly focused on embracing the ethos of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals at a local, national and global level.

Many initiatives and modules have strong links to the SDGs. These include our Postgraduate and Undergraduate courses as well as programs to increase access to higher education and connect our teaching and learning with to our local community.

Through Strategy 2030 we will focus on embedding a focus on the UN Sustainability Goals within all programmes supported by meaningful engagement between students and research leaders and innovators.

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Explore our programmes in sustainability and climate change

Our educational programmes are increasingly focused on embracing the ethos of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals at a local, national and global level.

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MSc Leadership for Sustainable Development

The MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development is an innovative conversion Masters programme promoting leadership and embracing action-based, experiential learning, facilitated through a series of lectures, work placements and group projects.

More than 80 students participated in this year’s programme, which fosters critical thinking and promotes the use of initiative for problem solving and decision-making in sustainable development.

The programme has been running for nearly 25 years and produced 606 graduates, of whom many are the sustainability leaders of the moment. Up to 15 fully funded fee bursaries are available for Northern Irish students each year.

More about MSc Leadership for Sustainable Development

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This year the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering marked the successful first completion of its new Postgraduate Certificate in Zero Carbon Engineering.

The postgraduate certificate, which focuses on a range of key areas within zero carbon and applied renewable energy, was delivered to more than 30 students, in partnership with the Department for the Economy, who have supplied funding for the programme.

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In September 2020 we introduced a long-term laptop loan scheme to enable and support students who may be unable to access the relevant equipment to study online due to financial hardship, digital exclusion, or circumstances specifically related to COVID-19.

Priority was given to students from disadvantaged backgrounds with laptop specifications tailored to the students’ course requirements.

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The Pathway Opportunity Programme welcomed 250 students to the 2021 Programme.

It aims to reach out to and support those most able, but least likely to attend university, to gain a place in Higher Education. Over the course of five days, the Pathway team delivered 10 online sessions to the 10 different pathways on the programme.

Integration of the SDGs within Queen’s Management School Learning and Teaching

Queen’s Management School (QMS) is a signatory to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

The School has taken several steps to map the integration of the SDGs within modules and has recently developed a teaching resource to support deeper awareness and understanding of the Goals. They have also categorised research outputs against each of the 17 SDGs and engaged with engage with a range with key stakeholders on the goals.


Green Future Media is a student-led online multimedia project, showcasing environment-related media work by Queen’s students.

Based in the School of Arts, English and Languages, a transdisciplinary group of students have created a Green Future Media website containing environmentally aware stories in print, audio, video and graphic formats.

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Interdisciplinary Module on Sustainability and Climate Change

'What is to be done? Sustainability, climate change and just energy transitions in the Anthropocene'

Within the Faculty of Arts, History and Social Sciences, Dr Amanda Slevin co-convenes with Professor John Barry ‘What is to be done? Sustainability, climate change and just energy transitions in the Anthropocene’, which is a new, cross-faculty interdisciplinary module co-delivered by colleagues from School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, School of Law and School of Sociology, Education and Social Work.

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Climate Literacy Training in the School of Natural Built Environment

All new students and staff within the School of Natural Built Environment received climate literacy training.

The training provided the participants with an understanding of climate change and the steps needed to tackle this global challenge within their course as well as on a day to day basis.