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School of Geography

Environmental and social policies

The School takes its social and environmental responsibilities very seriously. We believe it is part of the job of being an academic institution to make the world a better place and to help others make an informed choice about how policy should be built and enacted.

Our research contributes to knowledge about how the world works and how it can be improved, and this research influences many policy makers directly. Additionally, we provide students with a solid understanding of this research, and hope they take it forward with them into society when they leave.

However, as well as these inputs, we firmly believe that we should lead by example wherever possible, and take action at our local level to ensure the best possible future for our societies and our planet. This page details our current Environmental and Social policies that embody this philosophy.


  • Widening Access
    Our Widening Access Group is working to ensure that everyone has the option of studying on the basis of merit alone [read more].
  • Fair Trade
    The University of Leeds has won Fairtrade status. The School is part of this drive, and buys Fairtrade wherever possible [read more].
  • Ethics
    We take the impact of our research very seriously, assessing carefully to ensure it does the maximum good possible [read more].
  • Equality and Diversity
    The University of Leeds is proud to be a multicultural community that values diversity
    [read more]


  • Carbon Neutrality
    We are striving to become a
    ‘carbon-neutral’ Geography department. [read more].
  • Recycling
    We have moved to a system of waste disposal stations designed to increase recycling to the maximum possible levels [read more].
  • Reforestry
    We are engaged with local groups in reforesting areas of the Yorkshire Dales [read more].

  • Tree Planting
    As part of Green Impact we went tree planting in April 2013 through an initiative called Treesponsibility