Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.36
Liaison Laura Minchella
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Sydney
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 10.71 / 12.00 Zoe Morrison
Strategy Advisor
Strategy Office
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Total number of employees that conduct research:

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

Primary Data Sources: HR data and Academic Profiles
HR Data of all academic staff and their contract type (Research/Teaching/Combined) was supplied. Each academic profile was manually examined and a description of their main research interests included in the database. Each academic was manually checked and cross validated as to their research alignment to all 17 SDGs (the University metric for 'sustainability'). The Global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development* was used to identify whether main research interests aligned with an SDG- keeping consistency with the UoS inventory.

Only intention of improving the world in the University staff page (as per point 2, above) was classified as an SDG. For example, an researcher who works on fluid mechanics and their research interests are listed as "maximise both economic and environmental benefits", so SDG6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all was selected. In contrast, another research who also works on fluid mechanics, but their researcher profile has no such statement of intent, so no SDGs were noted.

* As contained in the Annex of the resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (A/RES/71/313), annual refinements contained in E/CN.3/2018/2 (Annex II), E/CN.3/2019/2 (Annex II), and 2020 Comprehensive Review changes (Annex II) and annual refinements (Annex III) contained in E/CN.3/2020/2.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The URL provide is not as accurate as the inventory provided due to the way our system of academic profiles understands the word sustainability and associated key words. A project in 2021 is to accurately tag academic profiles based on the inventory already undertaken by the team. Tagging of academic profiles when created and/or updated aligned with SDG will become a BAU practice.

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