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​Accreditations and Awards

On this page you will find an overview of our sustainability accreditations and awards, both past and present. If you would like to know more about any of these, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Biodiversity Audit


Carbon Reduction

Carbon Trust Standard 2010

Carbon Masters Standard 2012

Carbon Trust Water Standard 2014

Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges Green Gown Awards Carbon Reduction Finalist 2011

Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges Green Gown Awards Carbon Reduction Finalist 2012​ 

Corporate Social Responsibility

Ethical Financial Investment Policy​ (developed in 2006)

Environment Index of Universities That Count (UTC) (completed in 2009)

The Environmental and Social Responsibility (ESR) Index of UTC (completed in 2010)

Environmental Sustainability Policy (agreed in 2012 and ratified annually)

Scottish Business Pledge (a values-led partnership between Government and business and includes workforce engagement, investment in training, prompt payment, ensuring a focus on diversity and gender balance and also paying the living wage to all employees)

Cycle Friendly Campus

Cycling Friendly Campus Award, with distinction, awarded by Cycling Scotland in 2017 and regained in 2020 for Sighthill Campus.

Cycling Friendly Campus Award for Merchiston Campus, gained in 2019 (presented by Cycling Scotland in 2020).

The award scheme is delivered with funding from Transport Scotland. To find out more about the Cycling Friendly Campus programme: https://www.cycling.scot/what-we-do/cycling-friendly/campus​​


Bronze EcoCampus accreditation - March 2013

Silver EcoCampus accreditation - July 2014

Gold EcoCampus accreditation – March 2015

Gold Award Checklist​

Ecycle scheme

The eCycle project was officially launched by Alison Johnstone MSP, Jim Eadie (MSP 2011 - 2016), Sarah Boyack (MSP 1999 to 2016), who were at the time representatives of the Cycling Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament.

The eCycle project has been developed in partnership with Edinburgh College, Queen Margaret University, Scotland's Rural College, Transition Heriot-Watt and The University of Edinburgh. SEStran generously provided £25,000 towards the project. All other finance was sourced through the six institutions involved. The team at Sustrans Scotland have also been a great support by providing invaluable advice on the development of the scheme.

More information about hiring an e-bike can be found on our cycling​ page.

​People & Planet University League

People & Planet’s University League is a comprehensive and independent league table of UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance. It is compiled annually by the UK’s largest student campaigning network, People & Planet. The assessment covers 100 questions within thirteen topic areas, leading to a score for each participating institution.

2015 – First Class Award

2016 – Assessment did not take place

2017 – First Class Award

2018 – First Class Award (28th in the UK, 1st in Scotland)

2019 – 2:1 Award (55th in the UK, 3rd in Scotland)