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Manchester Tops New Rankings Table

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The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings has marked the University of Manchester as the best higher education institution in Europe and in the top three globally, for its social and environmental impact across its full range of functions.

The ranking is based on the "societal impact" of the University's research using the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as a framework.

The seventeen SDGs call for universal action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. They include challenges such as; climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities.

Dr Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester, said: "The SDGs are our world's call to action on the most important challenges facing our people and planet. Being recognised as Europe's highest ranking University in this new index - and third in the world overall - is a brilliant reflection of the work of our researchers, teachers, students, professional services and cultural institution staff, enhancing our global reputation as a leader on social responsibility and impact."