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At the core of BU is education and research, and we are making great strides in ensuring that this work contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which work to create a better world by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change. See below how we embed sustainability in our curriculum and opportunities for you to use your projects and research to get involved.

Living Labs

'Living Labs' are collaborative projects and research completed by students and academic staff that work to improve the sustainability of our university. They address a real-world concept within our university collaboratively with shared expertise from staff across the university and are a fantastic opportunity to enhance your skills, increase connections throughout the university, and to directly support our sustainability vision.

Topics and themes might focus on transport, biodiversity, energy, waste, food, behaviour change, wellbeing, the built environment, consumption patterns, culture... If your project or research could help improve the University's environmental sustainability, we would love to hear from you.  

See below for more information on Living Labs and potential project ideas, or email the Sustainability Team at to get involved.

of programme leads identify their course as aligning to the UN Global Goals. Our target is 100% by 2025.
of students agree that sustainable development should be incorporated and promoted within courses.
of students agree that universities should develop student’s social and environmental skills as part of their course